Reducing suicide should be right up your street, says Samaritans

Suicide reduction begins at home because suicide is everybody’s business, says Samaritans. The charity is today launching its Local Action Saves Lives campaign, in advance of World Mental Health Day, to make suicide prevention a priority in neighbourhoods across the UK.

More than 6,000 people took their own lives in the UK in 2015.  Samaritans is asking people to email their local council to get suicide prevention made a local priority, encouraging agencies and organisations to work together.

Samaritans is calling for all areas to have effective local suicide prevention plans. Many local areas still don’t have plans in place, with a patchwork of suicide prevention activity across the country that is letting far too many people down.

With 1 in 15 adults experiencing suicidal thoughts as shown by the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey published last week, now is the time to raise this up the agenda and create a step change in action to reduce suicide.  Everyone can play their part to make this a reality.

There are some great examples of local communities stepping up. Ideally each local authority area should have a local suicide prevention plan in place, with a multi-agency suicide prevention group, of which Samaritans is a member.

Fiona Malcolm, Samaritans Deputy CEO, said: “Because suicide is everybody’s business, we want everyone to add their voices to the campaign to get all local authorities to implement strong suicide prevention plans in their area. It’s really simple – follow the link on our website and you can play your part in reducing suicide through Local Action Saves Lives.”

Follow this link to add your voice to the campaign to prevent suicide www.samaritans.org/action. You can also get involved @samaritans on Twitter, using #LocalActionSavesLives.

For more information, contact Samaritans’ press office on 020 8394 8300 or press@samaritans.org if you are calling out of hours

 

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Notes to editors:

  • You don’t have to be suicidal to call Samaritans. Whatever you’re going through, call us free any time from any phone on 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.
  • It’s the public’s kind donations and more than 20,000 trained volunteers that mean Samaritans is always there for anyone struggling to cope.  Find out how you can support us: http://www.samaritans.org/support-us