It’s World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday 10 September, the theme this year is ‘Take a minute, change a life.
It’s a reminder that we can all take an active role in looking out for those who may be struggling, check in with them, and encourage them to tell their story in their own way and at their own pace. Offering a gentle word of support and listening in a non-judgemental way can make all the difference.
Four men from Knowsley who have experienced mental health problems feature in a powerful new video raising awareness of the issue.
They are not alone. One in eight men will experience a mental health condition.
You can help raise awareness of suicide prevention by joining the Cheshire and Merseyside World Suicide Prevention Day Thunderclap.
At 12 noon on 10 September everyone who has signed up will see the following message auto post on Facebook and Twitter:
Take a minute: Check in with someone who may be struggling #takeaminutechangealife #nomoresuicide #WSPD
Sign up for the thunderclap here or via the following web address: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/60848-no-more-suicide
If you need help or if you are worried about someone else you can find immediate assistance from the Samaritans by phoning free on 116 123, 24 hours a day.
If you are a parent worried about your child phone the Young Minds parents helpline on 0808 802 5544. If you have been bereaved by suicide you can contact AMPARO support service on 0330 088 9255 9am to 5pm.
If you need to talk to someone about the way you’re feeling please make an appointment with your GP.