Trust Hosts Suicide Prevention Event in Partnership With Hounslow Council and NHS Wellbeing & Recovery College
On Thursday 6 July the Trust partnered with the London Borough of Hounslow and West London NHS Wellbeing and Recovery College to host a special suicide prevention conference to coincide with the arrival of the Baton of Hope in London.
The Baton Of Hope Tour concluded at the Houses of Parliament yesterday after embarking on a 12-day journey from Glasgow on Sunday, 25 June.
In what was the biggest suicide awareness and prevention initiative the UK has ever seen, the tour aimed to open up a conversation about this difficult subject that will ultimately save lives.
Suicide is the biggest killer of men and women under 35 in the UK. In Hounslow, around 14 people each year are victims of suicide.
The event was also used as a platform to launch Hounslow’s suicide prevention campaign, using the call to action Just Say Something.
The message is a simple one: if you are facing crisis or you know someone who is, do not suffer in silence – #JustSaySomething.
In Hounslow, people who are finding it difficult to cope can contact the Safe Space service.
Hounslow Safe Space is a free, confidential local hub for anyone who is struggling, experiencing stress or who has had a life-changing event.
The service offers a 24-hour contact line, where people can leave a message and the team will get back to them.
There is also a drop-in service which operates for two hours a day, seven days a week where people can have a one-to-one discussion with a trained support worker.
The Council is also encouraging residents in our borough to take the Zero Suicide Alliance Suicide Awareness Training Course.
This free 20-minute online course provides guidance on how to spot the signs of suicide, how to have a conversation with someone you are worried about and how to direct them to the help they need.
Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Transformation, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, said: “Preventing suicide in Hounslow is everyone’s responsibility. By working with a spirit of compassion, we can reach out and offer a helping hand to those people in our borough who are facing difficulties.
“We can all spread awareness about the help that is available. We can all be a listening ear to someone we care about. We can all listen without judgement and let someone know that we are there for them.”
Cllr Chaudhary added: “There is so much we can all do to break the stigma surrounding suicide simply by speaking out about our mental health and we can all take time to look after our own mental health and wellbeing a little bit more.
“Above all, whether you are facing crisis or you know someone who is, we can all Just Say Something.”
Gail Dearing, Associate Director of Community Mental Health Services at West London NHS Trust, said “I got involved with this crucial campaign for both personal and professional reasons. I lost a friend 10 years ago to suicide and miss her every day. As a Mental Health Social Worker for many years, I have experienced the loss of service users too often and know what supporting their families and friends through that ordeal is like. An important part of my role now is making sure support mechanisms are in place to prevent suicides across our communities in West London. We do this through our local mental health services and developing partnerships to reach more people in need of support. Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. We can all look out for each other, spot the signs of mental distress and challenge the stigma associated with seeking support with mental health”.
Emily Donovan, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, said, “We were delighted to host the Suicide; Just Say Something event in partnership with NHS West London Wellbeing and Recovery College, and the London Borough of Hounslow.
“We adopt a holistic approach to health and our work focuses on utilising the power of the Brentford badge to normalise conversations around how we are really feeling.
“This event was an opportunity to improve the understanding of suicide on a local level, spotlight the ongoing support that’s being provided for residents in west London, and to reflect on how we can better support our local community.”
For more information on suicide awareness and prevention in Hounslow, visit: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/suicide-help.
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