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New services launch to help prevent suicide

Published: 4 September 2020

We are highlighting a raft of new support services aiming to help reduce the number of suicides in Derbyshire.


The support ranges from online suicide prevention training to the launch of a new emotional health website and coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day which is on Thursday 10 September 2020.

The theme for 2020 is ‘connection’, which may be connecting with others or connecting with yourself through nature, arts or understanding your feelings.

The effects of suicide can be far reaching and long lasting. Many people − friends, family and colleagues feel the impact.

That's why professionals, community groups, volunteers and individuals are working together to raise awareness and to help to reduce the risks of suicide.

Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said:

“We know that the reasons why someone may choose to take their own life can be extremely complex and people may be afraid to raise the subject for fear of not knowing what to say or do to help.

“There’s a great network of local organisations working together in Derbyshire to help prevent suicides and ensure that support is available.

“We are pleased to be able to announce a new, wide ranging number of services and support that are being delivered by a number of local organisations across Derbyshire.”

The Tomorrow Project, a suicide bereavement support service in Derbyshire, is offering one-to-one virtual sessions on 10 September 2020.

To apply for a place on a session email bereavement.derbys@tomorrowproject.org.uk

Lisa Williamson from The Tomorrow Project said:

“The field of suicide bereavement is a particularly specialist area. When we start talking about suicide it can be surprising how many others have a story to tell.

“So many of us are impacted by suicide either through the tragic loss of a loved one, someone we once worked with, or someone in our community and for others it may be a patient or someone very supportive. By reaching out to those affected we can prevent further suicides occurring.”

New emotional health and wellbeing information on suicide prevention is available from the NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

There is also a 24/7 helpline mental health support line for residents of all ages who are experiencing mental distress. Tel: 0800 028 0077.

The following new projects have been funded by NHS England and are being delivered through Joined up Care Derbyshire.

Local support, projects and training

Suicide Prevention Support

Erewash Voluntary Action is leading a programme to engage and support organisations to take action on mental health and suicide prevention. They will be working with amateur sports clubs, workplaces, businesses and other community organisations.

Peer Support for Men

A county-wide network of informal peer support groups for men.

Media Project

Using new Samaritans guidelines a new project aims to support local media and communication teams on the responsible coverage of suicide related incidents

Suicide Prevention Training

We're relaunching our training offer with online and virtual courses to raise awareness and improve skills and confidence about mental wellbeing.

Find out more about mental health training

If you, or someone you know, are feeling suicidal, there are several things that you can do:

  • speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust
  • call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on tel: 116 123
  • go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
  • contact NHS tel: 111
  • make an urgent appointment to see your GP
  • Call the Derbyshire Mental Health support line on tel: 0800 028 0077 - It's staffed by mental health professionals, is open 24 hours a day and is for all ages