Suffolk Lives Matter

How you can help

 

Why become a Suffolk Life Saver?

Learn how you can help raise awareness and reduce stigma about suicide as part of our Suffolk Life Saver campaign.

Each year, around 60 people in Suffolk take their own lives. To tackle this, our aim is to get more people discussing the subject of suicide, challenging myths and pointing to support available.

We need your voice to help us get the message out. You can share:

You can share this:

  • online through social media
  • with printed materials you can distribute

Suffolk Life Saver logo

 

This campaign is supported by Suffolk County Council's public health team, Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, NHS, police, voluntary sector, HealthWatch and organisations such as Samaritans and Suffolk Mind. Pledge your support to the Suffolk Life Saver campaign.

 

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  • Construction       
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  • Community Support Worker

We are offering Fully Subsidised accredited, Adult Mental Health Aware Training courses online via MS Teams

The training will cover:

•        Introduction to mental health and mental health issues

•        Factors affecting mental health

•        Stigma and its impact on recovery

•        Understand the skills to begin a conversation about their mental health

•        Looking after your own mental health

 

Course dates

Course Dates can be seen in the table below.  Please note that each course comprises of two sessions, of which you must complete both.  These two sessions make up the Adult Mental Health Aware Training – This is usually delivered as a half day but based on feedback we have split into two more manageable sessions.

 

Course Code No

Session 1 Date & Time

Session 2 Date & Time

COURSE 1

PH/ MHA/1

Mon 7th Sept

10.00 – 12.30 hrs

Wed 9th Sept

10.00 – 12.30

COURSE 2

PH/ MHA /2

Mon 21st Sept

10am – 12.30

Tues 22nd Sept

10am – 12.30

COURSE 3

PH/ MHA /3

Mon 5th Oct

18.00 – 20.30

Wed 7th Oct

18.00 – 20.30

COURSE 4

PH/ MHA/ 4

Wed 21st Oct

10am – 12.30

Thurs 22nd Oct

10am – 12.30

COURSE 5

PH/ MHA/ 5

Mon 16th Nov

18.00 – 20.30

Wed 18th Nov

18.00– 20.30

 

To request a place on this training please e mail MHFAprogrammes@suffolkfamilycarers.org, stating:

 

Name

Course Code No

Your E-mail address

your Postal Address

Your Telephone number

Your Job Title and Sector

 

  • It is advised that you regularly check your junk/spam mail for any communications from our training provider.
  • You will require a reasonably stable internet connection to receive this training.
  • The course will close when full, or 10 days before to allow for postage of manuals.
  • This course is about awareness and does not equip you to be a Mental Health First Aider.
  • Further details regarding this training can be found at https://mhfaengland.org/individuals/adult/half-day

 

 

AMPARO SUFFOLK

 

Amparo Suffolk logoSuffolk’s suicide prevention steering group has launched a new service to support individuals, families and others bereaved by suicide.

The AMPARO service, operated by Listening Ear, works in close partnership with the police, coroner service and other partners to offer support following notification of a suspected suicide, including 1-2-1 individual support, practical help and signposting to local services that can help.

AMPARO SUFFOLK can offer support following a suicide in a range of ways, including:

  • One to one individual support
  • Help with any media enquiries
  • Practical support when dealing with the Police or Coroner
  • Help overcoming feelings of isolation
  • Putting you in touch with local services that can help

AMPARO means 'shelter' or 'safe haven' in the Spanish language and offers a discreet and completely confidential service. AMPARO SUFFOLK can also support communities, schools and workplaces in the event of a suspected or actual suicide.

Find Out More about AMPARO SUFFOLK

Call 0330 088 9255 or email Amparo Suffolk 

Emotional Wellbeing Gateway

Whether you are experiencing mental health issues, are worried about someone you care for, or want to know how to stay mentally well, there are many ways you can find information and support.

Visit the Emotional Wellbeing Gateway here


Suffolk’s Suicide Prevention Strategy

Suffolk County Council leads a new, joint plan bringing together several organisations, all working towards reducing suicide as a priority for health and wellbeing in Suffolk.

While no single organisation is responsible for preventing suicide, a range of professionals from the voluntary and charity sector, clinical commissioning groups, local councils, police, HealthWatch Suffolk, coroner’s office and mental health services all play a crucial role.

Find out more about our plans over the next few years:

 

Judy Wright from the Samaritans and Superintendent Simon Parkes of Suffolk Police discuss the part their services play in suicide prevention in Suffolk.

 

Blair and his wife Tracie discuss their story and how the Men's Sheds project has helped them.

 

How to look out for the warning signs

You don’t have to be a mental health professional to help someone who is feeling suicidal.

Many people fear talking to someone about suicide in case they give the person the idea, but there is no evidence to support this and for many it can be a huge relief to be asked the question in a direct way.

What warning signs to look out for:

  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
  • Someone actively looking for ways to end their life
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
  • Suddenly very much ‘recovered’ after a period of depression
  • Visiting or calling people unexpectedly to say goodbye
  • Making arrangements, setting their affairs in order
  • Giving things away, such as prized possessions

 

 

If you see someone distressed or struggling to cope, talk to them - they may feel relieved you asked.

 

 

Has someone you know become withdrawn from their social life? Check up on them to see if they're OK.

 

 

Are you concerned about a colleague? Take some time out to chat with them.

How to talk about suicide

Around 1 in 5 of us has had suicidal thoughts at some point. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, and there is support available to help you or someone you know.

  • Talk to someone: You don’t have to keep these feelings to yourself and it’s ok to ask for help
  • Call a helpline: If you don’t feel able to speak to someone in person, use one of the helplines listed on this page
  • Keep yourself safe: Agree with yourself and someone else that you won’t act on your suicidal thoughts while help is being arranged
  • Get help: If you are feeling desperate and unsafe, make an urgent visit to your GP, dial 999 or go to A&E and tell them how you are feeling

 

Suicide Prevention Information Leaflet: When suicide is on your mind, stay connected stay safe

Public health Suffolk has created a suicide prevention information leaflet aimed at supporting those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.  It is essential that people have access to the correct information, and resources that will help them when they are feeling desperate and unsafe.

The A4 leaflet is in two forms:

  • Digital
  • Print-at-home version

Please feel free to share with your network/service users as needed, either via email, social media or on your organisation website, having regard to the sensitive nature of the content. 

If you would like some professionally printed copies of the leaflet, please provide us with the following information, and we will send them to you as soon as possible email Louise.Biddiscombe@suffolk.gov.uk:

  • Number of copies required
  • Full postal address of where you would like them to be sent

5 ways to wellbeing

We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health. There are five simple things we can build into our lives to help us stay mentally well.

  • Keep learning
  • Connect
  • Take notice
  • Give
  • Be active

How to contact services in Suffolk

Explore the websites and contact details of mental health organisations in Suffolk. 

How to get involved

Email icon

Email our Health and Wellbeing team at healthandwellbeing@suffolk.gov.uk

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Start a conversation on Twitter with #suffolklifesaver and tweet us at @SCCPublicHealth

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Download and print our Suffolk Life Saver posters (PDF, 1.5MB) and Suffolk Life Saver z-card (PDF, 109KB)

 

Pledge your support to the Suffolk Life Saver campaign

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