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Support the Lincolnshire Suicide SAFE charter

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As part of our local plan we have developed a Suicide SAFE charter which asks local businesses, organisations and clubs, no matter how small, to sign up and help raise awareness of what we can all do to support our family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.

There are two levels depending on the size of your organisation and how much you would like to be involved.

For more information or to sign up your organisation or club as a Lincolnshire SuicideSAFE champion email: SuicideSAFE@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Level 1

  • Develop a culture where people are comfortable talking about difficult issues – Asking a simple question like “are you ok?” and listening without judgement can make a real difference. Often people just want someone to listen and support them through a difficult time. We want communities to feel more comfortable talking about suicide and able to have a difficult conversation with someone they are worried about.
  • Raise awareness of suicide prevention – Share information with colleagues, local group and club members using our toolkit of posters and conversation cards. Let people know where they can find more help and information when they might be struggling. We’d also like you to be part of our mailing list where we’ll share regular updates on our local campaign and keep you updated on some of the future actions from the prevention strategy and how local communities can help.
  • Help recognise the signs and triggers for those at risk and support vulnerable individuals – By helping people understand the reasons and signs that someone might be struggling, you’ll be able to help your family, friends and colleagues talk openly about their feelings.
  • Learn how to respond to someone who may be at risk – Our toolkit will share links to the support available locally, so that you can help signpost people to information that will help them stay safe, as well as emotional support lines or how to access specialist services.

Once established we will be further developing a second phase of the charter for larger organisations who want to build on their achievements at Level 1. Level 2 will be your opportunity to get more involved, and play an active role in preventing suicides in the county.

Level 2 of the charter is still under development and we will send out information to those organisations that sign up in due course.

Level 2

  • Identify a Suicide SAFE Champion to support awareness raising activities
  • Ensure people have the knowledge and skills to know how to respond, signpost or refer someone to appropriate support
  • Develop a local suicide prevention plan, detailing how their organisation will contribute to a culture of suicide prevention
  • Engage with the wider community to promote an understanding of suicide prevention
  • Participate in Suicide SAFE events across Lincolnshire – for example, attending the Annual Suicide SAFE Event to share best practice and learning between organisations
  • Annually review progress and commitment to this charter, sharing success and challenges with the Suicide Prevention Steering Group