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New suicide prevention campaign 'Lincolnshire Suicide SAFE' aims to get local communities involved in helping to prevent suicides in the county and raise awareness of what we can all do to support our friends, family, colleagues and neighbours.
Every suicide is an individual tragedy and a terrible loss to society. Suicides are not inevitable and everybody can play a role in preventing them.
The reasons for suicide can be very complex, but generally it's the result of problems or worries building up to a point where someone feels they cannot cope anymore and can't see another other option or way out. A recent loss or break up of a relationship, problems with work or money, or living alone with little social contact can all be reasons people think about suicide, even if they have never had a mental health problem before.
It is often difficult to identify whether you or someone you are worried about is struggling to cope, however being able to recognise some of the signs is a good start. You can read more about this and how to get help by using this link.
As part of our local plan we have developed a Suicide SAFE toolkit which asks local businesses, organisations and clubs, no matter how small, to help raise awareness of what we can all do to support our family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit the Samaritans website.