World Mental Health Day: New Hertfordshire Suicide Prevention Campaign Launch and Zero Suicide Alliance Education Page

A new suicide prevention campaign has launched today, on World Mental Health Day (October 10), to provide free online Zero Suicide Alliance training to everyone in Hertfordshire.

Created by Integrated Care Partnerships across Hertfordshire and Essex in association with Thurrock and Brentwood Mind, the #LetsTalkAboutSuicideHerts campaign aims to encourage conversations and reduce the stigma around talking about suicide.

Morris Bright MBE, Executive Member of Hertfordshire County Council for Public Health and Community Safety, said: “We are committed to making Hertfordshire a place where no one thinks suicide is their only option and where everyone has the opportunity to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. ”

Dacorum residents are welcome to take the training.

He added: “With the rise in mental health issues since the start of the pandemic, it is more important than ever that we all play our part in looking after each other, so we urge everyone to give 20 minutes of his time to do the Zero Suicide Alliance Training.

“It could well save a life”

The training can be found here.

Nadine Winiberg, head of suicide prevention training at Thurrock and Brentwood Mind, said: “Talking about suicide with someone you think might be in trouble can just save their life.

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She added: “With this training, we hope to highlight the importance of recognizing the early signs of someone who may be feeling suicidal or having suicidal thoughts.”

Mind says someone dies by suicide every two hours in the UK.

Suicide remains the leading cause of death for men under 50, with more men dying from suicide than from cancer, heart attack, heart disease or car accidents each year.

Suicide rates among women in their early twenties are the highest in two decades.

Mind says that if you feel suicidal and need urgent help, or are worried about someone you know, help is available from the NHS.

Dial NHS 111 and select option 2 if you are having a mental health crisis. Through this number you will be connected to the contact center where qualified staff will provide you with appropriate support and advice around the clock.