The theme for 2022 is ‘Creating hope through action’ – a reminder that each suicide is preventable and that support is out there for anyone who is struggling.
We are working in partnership with Joined Up Care Derbyshire and with a wide range of local organisations all aiming to reduce the number of suicides in Derbyshire.
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, to show that we can all play a role and to help to reduce the risks of suicide.
Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said:
“Suicide prevention is everyone’s business and we would encourage everyone to be more open about how they are feeling – support is on hand to help, please do not suffer in silence.”
“There’s a great network of local organisations working together in Derbyshire to help prevent suicides by decreasing stigma and promoting that support is available.”
The following events are taking place during September:
- 5 to 10 September. The Last Photo Exhibition at The Hub, Low Pavements, Chesterfield 10am to 3pm daily
- 10 September. An information and advice stall at Derby Pride, Markeaton Park, Derby
- 10 September. Public Living Room − a drop-in opportunity at Vicar Lane, Chesterfield 10am to 3pm
- Suicide Prevention volunteers at football matches at Matlock Town FC (6 Sept), Chesterfield FC (10 Sept), Sheffield FC – in Dronfield (13 Sept) and Belper Town FC (27 Sept).
If you, or someone you know, is 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 116 123
- go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
- Call the Derbyshire Mental Health support line on 0800 028 0077. It's staffed by mental health professionals, is open 24 hours a day and is for all ages
- contact NHS 111
- make an urgent appointment to see your GP
- Find support for mental health and emotional wellbeing can be found on the Derby and Derbyshire Emotional Health and Wellbeing website. .