Lead Member for mental health, Cllr Caroline Penn has been speaking recently at the world suicide prevention day. Here is her statement following the event.
"Saturday 10th September was World Suicide Prevention Day, and so it was a very significant day for everyone working towards better mental health and wellbeing.
But it was also the day chosen by our local organisation Grassroots Suicide Prevention to launch a really important crowdfunding appeal for their innovative #StayAlive app.
As Lead Member for Mental Health at the council I was very pleased to attend their event at the Synergy Centre and show my support for the valuable work they do, including the #StayAlive app.
The #StayAlive app offers real opportunities for suicide prevention. It gives help straightaway for those experiencing suicidal thoughts as well as advice for anyone worried about a friend or family member.
We all need to spread the word about the support available for those experiencing suicidal thoughts, like the #StayAlive app. For example suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 49 in the UK. If we talk and most importantly listen, we can help keep our friends, family and community safe.
If you are concerned about someone you know, why not download the #StayAlive app. You can also contact the Samaritans or the Mental Health Rapid Response Service available 24 hours a day on 01273 242220.
If you would like more information about the #StayAlive app, visit the project page at Grassroots Suicide Prevention http://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk and you can also look at their crowdfunding appeal site here."