Local NHS supports World Suicide Prevention Day

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Within the county of Essex there is one death by suicide nearly every two days which is why NHS Southend and NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Groups are supporting World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) an annual event occurring on the 10th September.

The theme for 2019 is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’ and aims to bring together organisations from around the globe to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented through the collective efforts of individuals, organisations and societies.

WSPD highlights that globally over 800,000 people die every year through suicide, representing one person every 40 seconds. For every one suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt.

A number of factors have been shown to increase the risk of suicide including previous suicide attempt or previous self-harm, unemployment, physical health problems, living alone, alcohol or drug dependence, and mental ill health. Those who have been bereaved by suicide may also be at higher risk of suicide.

Suicide is a significant cause of death in young adults and is a major issue for society and a leading cause of years of life lost. Suicide is often the end point of a complex history of risk factors and distressing events, but there are many ways in which services, communities, individuals and society as a whole can help to prevent suicides.

Patterns of suicide in Essex are similar to national trends:

  • Men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women
  • Suicide rates are highest amongst men aged 45 to 49 years
  • Local data suggests that men aged 20 to 29 also have a higher prevalence of suicide
  • People among the most deprived 10% of society are more than twice as likely to die from suicide than the least deprived 10% of society

Tricia D’Orsi, Chief Nurse for NHS Southend and NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG said:

“Suicide Prevention Day is all about recognising that we all have a part to play in people’s health and wellbeing and suicide prevention is a great example of this. Preventing suicide is not just a health or mental health issue, but something that requires a whole community approach.

This campaign aims to get people talking about suicide and to promote the message that it is safe to talk about suicide, because saying something is safer than saying nothing. Our aim locally is that people in need of emergency mental health support will know exactly what they can do to get support.”

The 24/7 Mental Health Emergency Response Service will be launched in April 2020 to make sure that those in crisis can get the support they need at any time of the day. By phoning NHS 111, they will know that they will speak with trained call handlers that will be able to direct them to the service best able to help them, quickly and seamlessly.”

On Tuesday, 10 September 2019, the Southend Suicide Prevention Partnership Steering Group is hosting a ‘Let’s have a conversation about Suicide’ Question Time style event to raise awareness of suicide and to encourage more people to have a conversation about this important topic. The event is taking place at Southend United Football Club.

Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services can be accessed by anybody aged up to 18, living in the Southend, Rochford or Castle Point areas, and is free at the point of entry.

The service is also for young people with special educational needs (SEN) up to the age of 25. Any young person experiencing emotional wellbeing or mental health problems, or any parent, guardian, professional or teacher of a child who is experiencing emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties, may access the service.

Call 0300 300 1600 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Adults should in the first instance contact their GP, call 0300 123 0808 for Crisis Support help or Samaritans free on 116 123 or by emailing jo@samaritans.org