Alongside the NSPA’s joint campaign, many of our members are launching their own campaigns and running events across the country. Here’s a round-up of some of the things our members are doing:
New powerful video from CALM
“The thing most likely to kill me is me.” If you’re a man under 45 and said this, you’d be right. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. For World Suicide Prevention Day, CALM is releasing a powerful film that breaks the silence of male suicide. What if we heard what men leave unsaid?
Forward For Life and Common Unity met with Norman Lamb MP
Terry Rigby from Forward For Life and Caron Thompson from Common Unity met with Norman Lamb MP to discuss the ‘ManMade’ programme. Together Forward for Life and Common Unity, designed, developed and delivered a peer support programme specifically for men known as ManMade. ManMade as a peer support programme has been run twice in Dudley (2015 and 2016), once in Sandwell (2016) and is soon to be delivered in Birmingham in two further formats.
These programmes fall under an all embracing upstream approach being piloted in Birmingham known as Connecting Community Networks (CCN) being overseen by Common Unity.
PAPYRUS launch new campaign
PAPYRUS will mark this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day this Saturday 10th September by launching their #TalkThroughTheTaboo campaign to raise awareness that we need a national conversation about young suicide.
You can support the campaign by signing up to their Thunderclap through your Facebook or Twitter account.
Derby County FC event
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are coordinating a World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) event at Derby County FC on Saturday 10 September starting at 3pm. They will be just outside the iPro Stadium, at the North East corner of the ground located outside the club shop and beside the Fanzone to raise awareness of suicide and it’s impact, plus signposting to sources of help.
Grassroots launch crowdfunding campaign
The first of its kind in the UK, the Stay Alive app is a free, nationwide suicide prevention pocket resource, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe and was initally ;aunched on World Suicide Prevention Day 2014.
Connecting with People launched ‘Dear distressed’. The project invites those with lived experience to write and publish a letter to themselves that would have helped them in their darkest moments. You can contribute to the project, or read the published letter via their website.