Alongside the NSPA’s joint activity, many of our members are taking action and running events across the country around World Suicide Prevention Day. Here’s a selection of their activities.
British Psychological Society
Publishing a new report on ‘Psychology and Suicidal Behaviour’, alongside social media activity.
British Transport Police
Working closely with Network Rail and Samaritans and supporting station based awareness and activities on the day and during that week. Also supporting local suicide prevention groups wherever possible.
Champs Public Health Collaborative
Holding their NO MORE Suicide Annual Summit on 6 September, with a focus on Young People. Re-launching the updated NO MORE Suicide Strategy for Cheshire & Merseyside. Nine Cheshire & Merseyside local authorities will do a joint social media campaign and each area has local actions, such as a Wirral Cycle Ride.
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
Promoting the day through their website and social media accounts and distributing some of the ‘Save a Life’ z-cards.
City of London
Working with partners within the Square Mile to support good mental health, raise awareness around suicide prevention, and promote the resources and support available to general public. This includes The City Police’s Street Triage Pilot, CityWell’s mental health guidance e-learning, and The “Release the Pressure” campaign, promoting free resources.
Connecting with People
Using social media to promote personal and powerful letters received to our #DearDistressed campaign, written by people with lived experience of suicidal thoughts and who are now in an emotionally-safer place. We hope to reach individuals with suicidal thoughts to send a clear message that it IS possible to recover with the right support.
Working together and with football clubs to hold events at the Chesterfield vs Coventry City football match on 2 September and the Derby County vs Hull match on 8 September. There will be a presence outside the ground to engage with supporters and raise the issue of suicide prevention, as well as social media on WSPD.
Gloucestershire County Council
Holding a Service of Celebration (celebrating the lives of those lost to suicide; the support found by those bereaved; and of those working to prevent suicide) on 2 September. Their local partners will also be leading a range of different activities throughout the week.
Grassroots Suicide Prevention
Holding local community engagement events at Brighton Unitarian Church. By engaging the public through quick, fun one-minute challenges such as table tennis and circus skills, Grassroots hopes to get people talking about suicide prevention and help them understand what they can do to help, even in just one minute.
Haringey Suicide Prevention Group
Working with Mind in Haringey and Cardboard Citizens to produce a Theatre Forum piece highlighting male suicide and isolation, in order to raise awareness, remove stigma and begin conversations. The premier performance will be at the Pleasance Theatre on 12 October in support of World Mental Health Day, and it will then go on a short London tour.
Releasing their film Youth Hope:A Reality, in which young people share what gives them hope. Impact Wellbeing, and the young people they work with, recognise that a lack of hope and belonging are the biggest risk indicators of youth suicide.
Jacob Abraham Foundation
Bringing a group together to climb 'Pen y Fan', a Welsh mountain, where they can stamp their flag on the stigma of suicide.
Lincolnshire County Council
Promoting their Local Suicide SAFE campaign and holding various events around the County with support from other organisations.
National Probation Service
Holding a conference 'Saving lives: New approaches to suicide and self-harm prevention in probation practice' in London on 5 September.
The OLLIE Foundation
Holding a fundraising event that includes a treasure hunt for local businesses in St Albans, using a mobile phone app with locations that participants need to find to unlock clues and tasks.
Outlook South West
There will be a service of reflection for people affected by suicide at Truro Cathedral at 2pm on Sunday 10 September. This is a collaboration between the Samaritans, Cornwall's Suicide Liaison (Bereavement) Service and members of the Towards Zero Suicide Collaborative.
PAPYRUS is launching a year-long campaign to Save The #ClassOf2018 to mark WSPD, which aims to raise awareness of the scale of suicide in schoolchildren and build suicide-safer schools.
Organising a walk from Exeter to Exmouth to raise awareness.
Public Health England
Working with and for internal staff.
Samaritans branches are organising a number of events across the UK, as well as raising awareness on social media and in their local media.
Bringing a Mental Fitness Roadshow to several Greater Manchester fire stations from 4-8 September with State of Mind and Manchester Fire Service. Holding a ‘Cycle Around the Globe’ on 10 September at Sale Water Park, and a conference on 13 September with a focus on Suicide Prevention and Mental Fitness.
The NSPA thanks their members CALM, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Mind, Network Rail, Public Health England, Rethink Mental Illness, Samaritans, and STORM Skills Training for their hard work on the World Suicide Prevention Day 2017 ideas and resources.