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Resources and help on hand to kick out mental health stigma

Published: 23 August 2019

We’re joining the NHS, local charities and organisations in supporting World Suicide Prevention Day which is on 10 September.


The effects of suicide can be far reaching and long lasting. Many people − friends, family and colleagues feel the impact.

That's why professionals, community groups, volunteers and individuals are working together to raise awareness and to help to reduce the risks of suicide.

As part of the suicide prevention work in Derbyshire there will be events held at two professional matches - Derby County FC and Chesterfield FC.

This year awareness raising events will also be held at four non-league matches - Alfreton Town, Belper Town, Matlock Town and Sheffield FC.

Representatives from the Samaritans, Rethink, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire Community Health Services, Derbyshire Mental Health Forum and other mental health organisations will be raising awareness about suicide prevention.

There will be activities to engage fans as well as information and support to those who may need it.

There will also be information and resources available for local businesses and organisations to help raise awareness around mental health support.

Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said:

“We know that the reasons why someone may choose to take their own life can be extremely complex and people may be afraid to raise the subject for fear of not knowing what to say or do to help.

“But we can all make a difference to someone who may be suffering emotional distress. There are several things that we can do if someone confides that they are feeling suicidal.

“Stay calm, listen, take them seriously and encourage them to speak to a health professional.”

The World Suicide Prevention Day football matches will be held on the following dates:

Saturday 31st August

Kick off at 3pm

Belper Town v Glossop North End

Christchurch Meadow, Bridge Street, Belper, DE56 1BA

Saturday 7th Sept

Kick off at 3pm

Alfreton Town v Curzon Ashton

Impact Arena, North St, Alfreton DE55 7FZ

Friday 13th Sept

Kick off at 7:45pm

Derby County v Cardiff City

Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8XL

Saturday 14th Sept

Kick off at 3pm

Chesterfield FC v Torquay United

Proact Stadium, 1866 Sheffield Rd, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ

Saturday 14th Sept

Kick off at 3pm

Matlock Town v South Shields

Causeway Lane, Matlock, DE4 3AR

Saturday 21st Sept

Kick off at 3pm

Sheffield FC v Kidsgrove Athletic

Sheffield FC Stadium, Sheffield Rd, Dronfield S18 2GD

 

There is also a community event in Derby on Saturday 7th Sept 11am – 4pm Head High Mental Health Awareness event on the Market Square, Derby, DE1 3AE.

If you’d like to volunteer to help hand out mental health support information at the matches above, please visit our World Suicide Prevention Day webpage.

Keith Waters, Honorary Research Fellow in Self-Harm/Suicide Prevention from Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Life can throw many challenges and difficulties at us and these can become overwhelming and lead to distress and despair.

“This can affect any of us - especially if we don’t feel able to talk or know where to turn for help.

“This year’s theme for World Suicide Prevention Day is about working together to help.

“It’s something we all can do, as individuals, at work, in the groups and organisation were part of and with friends and family.

“Asking if someone is ok, being there to talk, knowing what help is available is key in helping the distress and despair that can be felt and this may help in saving lives.”

If you, or someone you know, are feeling suicidal, there are several things that you can do:

  • speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust
  • call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123
  • go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
  • contact NHS 111
  • make an urgent appointment to see your GP