Suicide Prevention Day focus for council
Suicide and self-harm are important issues that affect people of all ages, young and old, male and female irrespective of background or culture.
It also affects their families, friends and the communities in which they live.
Leeds councillors will be among those marking World Suicide Prevention Day in the city on 10th September. A deputation to the council by people bereaved by suicide will highlight Leeds City Council’s commitment of over £200k to the development of support groups for people bereaved by suicide.
Councillor Fiona Venner, who is also the Director of mental health charity Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service, said:
“A suicide is not like any other death. We know the statistics highlight the risks, but every suicide is an individual tragedy for the person who believed they had no other option and the friends and family who loved them.
There is support available which can make a huge difference and prevent suicide. There’s also support for people bereaved by suicide. We want to raise people’s awareness of the help out there and the things you can do if you need help yourself or you know someone else who does.”
Leeds City Council funds a ‘SafeTALK’ training programme, provided by charity Community Links. It prepares people to identify someone with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.