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Suicide Prevention is everyone’s business

Published: 30 August 2022

World Suicide Prevention Day is on Saturday 10 September.

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.  .