This year, the annual campaign is focusing on preventing suicide, hoping to raise awareness of the scale of the issue and the role everyone can have in helping to tackle it.
A number of events and roadshows are planned where people can find out more about how to get the right support. They include:
- Saturday 5 October 2019 – suicide prevention football match – Sheffield FC v Ilkeston Town at Sheffield FC Stadium, Sheffield Road, Dronfield from 2pm
- Thursday 10 October 2019 - Samaritans wellbeing event at Chesterfield market, from 10am to 4pm
- Thursday 10 October 2019 – Samaritans and Network Rail 'Are U OK' event at Derby train station, from 9am to 4pm
Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said:
“People’s mental health is as important as their physical health – and very often, the two go hand-in-hand.
“It’s vital that anyone experiencing mental health difficulties knows the help and support that’s available and most importantly - that they're not alone.
“Events like these are designed to get everyone talking about their mental health and wellbeing and taking away any stigma or awkwardness around the subject.”
As part of the push to raise awareness of mental health and suicide in Derbyshire, we worked closely with partners to organise awareness-raising events on World Suicide Prevention Day in September.
Volunteers were at 5 local football matches where they handed out information leaflets and encouraged people to begin a conversation about their mental health.
More than 30,000 people were reached and engaged with volunteers – and the clubs involved, including Derby County FC and Chesterfield FC, all spread the message through their social media channels.
In addition, we contacted around 5,000 Derbyshire organisations with ideas and resources about how they could support people with their mental health – prompting several organisations to think about joining the National Suicide Prevention Alliance.
Find out more about mental health and support services on offer.