New resources launched for World Suicide Prevention Day 2019

The Public Health team in Portsmouth City Council has created two new leaflets ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September 2019. One offers advice on looking after your own mental health and the second provides guidance on supporting someone else with their mental health.

Getting people to take the same care of their mental health as they would their physical health is important in helping prevent people reaching crisis point. The leaflets will be available from places including libraries, community centres, housing offices, Family Hubs, pharmacies and GP surgeries. They’re also available online at portsmouth.gov.uk/mentalhealth.

These new leaflets complement the crisis card, which was produced for World Suicide Prevention Day last year. The crisis card lists services that can support someone with issues that have been shown to be key contributors to suicide, for example debt, bereavement and substance misuse. The crisis cards are fold-out wallet sized guides that are available at venues across the city and can be found on portsmouth.gov.uk/mentalhealth.

In addition, Public Health in partnership with the University of Portsmouth will be running free safeTALK suicide alertness training for employees from Portsmouth businesses. SafeTALK is a half-day session that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. SafeTALK trained helpers can recognise the signs that someone might be having suicidal thoughts and can connect them with life-saving interventions. This training will take place on Monday 30 September, 1.30-4.00pm, at the University of Portsmouth. There are 20 spaces available. To find out more or to book a place please email Jane.leech@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

Cllr Matthew Winnington, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at Portsmouth City Council, said; “I’m pleased to be marking World Suicide Prevention Day with some new materials that should help people look after their own mental wellbeing and support others that might be struggling with poor mental health. It’s so important that we continue to encourage people to talk more openly about mental health and to seek help if they’re having difficulties. By doing this we can hopefully reduce the number of people who feel that ending their life is the only way to escape the pain that they’re feeling.”