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World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th

On Sunday 10/09 11am-3pm we will be hosting a suicide prevention day event in Taunton Town Centre outside Next.

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At our event we will be covering all issues regarding suicide prevention such as:

  • Media guidelines
  • Giving guidance and signposting to places of support
  • How we are reducing the risk of suicide in high risk groups
  • Reducing access to means of suicide
  • Promoting mental health and wellbeing in the community.

Experienced people will also be there on the day if you’ve been affected by any of the event issues

 

 

As well as the team here at Mind TWS and The Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service, we will also be joined by other agencies such as SARSAS, Cruse Bereavement Care, life Coaches and others.

Please see map below on where to find us:

 

One of our aims is to promote a national message through social media:

The message is…

“Every 90 minutes, someone takes their own life. Take a minute today and do something that could change a life”.

Please contact us/me if  you can help with this much needed suicide prevention event and please please SHARE and SHARE and SHARE! 

For now if you are worried about someone here is a guide to talking to someone

When talking to a suicidal person DO:

  • Be yourself.Let the person know you care, that he/she is not alone.
    The right words are often unimportant. If you are concerned, your voice and manner will show it.
  • Listen. Let the suicidal person unload despair, ventilate anger. No matter how negative the conversation seems, the fact that it exists is a positive sign.
  • Be sympathetic, non-judgmental, patient, calm, accepting. Your friend or family member is doing the right thing by talking about his/her feelings.
  • Offer hope. Reassure the person that help is available and that the suicidal feelings are temporary.
  • Let the person know that his or her life is important to you. Take the person seriously. If the person says things like, “I’m so depressed, I can’t go on,” ask the question: “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” You are not putting ideas in their head, you are showing that you are concerned, that you take them seriously, and that it’s OK for them to share their pain with you.

DON’T:

  • Argue with the suicidal person. Avoid saying things like: “You have so much to live for,” “Your suicide will hurt your family,” or “Look on the bright side.”
  • Act shocked, lecture on the value of life, or say that suicide is wrong.
  • Promise confidentiality. Refuse to be sworn to secrecy. A life is at stake and you may need to speak to a mental health professional in order to keep the suicidal person safe. If you promise to keep your discussions secret, you may have to break your word.
  • Offer ways to fix their problems, or give advice, or make them feel like they have to justify their suicidal feelings. It is not about how bad the problem is, but how badly it’s hurting your friend or loved one. Blame yourself. You can’t “fix” someone’s depression. Your loved one’s happiness, or lack thereof, is not your responsibility.

 

If you can support in anyway with running a World Suicide Day event in Somerset contact us bereaved@mindtws.org.uk

If you live in Somerset and have been bereaved by suicide, we want to support you. Call our 24hr helpline on 0300 330 5463.

Discover more about our Suicide Bereavement Support Service here

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