Cumbria is gearing up for a month of activities focussed around World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10.
The highlight will be an online event organised by the North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network, with presentations and personal stories on the theme of ‘Creating Hope Through Action.’
The Network is also encouraging local people to take part in their month-long #MoveNENC challenge to help raise awareness and reduce stigma, as well as distributing suicide prevention resources across the region.
Katherine McGleenan, suicide prevention lead at the North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network, said: “Many people don’t feel confident about how to help someone who might be struggling, and stigma can lead to people who are struggling not knowing where or how to ask for help.
“World Suicide Prevention Day is a time when we can all really focus on what more we can do. Our theme this year, ‘Creating Hope Through Action’, focusses on the small actions we can all take which create hope and might ultimately help save a life.
“I want everyone, whatever their circumstances, to know that support is available and to know how to access support easily if they need to, so that no one feels they need to cope alone.”
The event takes place on the morning of September 10 and will feature a range of people’s own stories of hope and recovery, alongside presentations from regional support services and NHS Trusts on how they are working together to prevent suicide.
There will also be a practical session to help people develop their own wellbeing plan.
To book a place at this free online event got to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creating-hope-through-change-world-suicide-prevention-day-2021-registration-164292662777