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A time to reflect upon World Suicide Prevention Day

Published Thursday, 9 September 2021

On Saturday 11 September people from across York will come together to remember those who died by suicide.

We're working with the city's suicide prevention partnership this World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September to invite people to reflect on loved ones lost to suicide.

St Pauls Church, Holgate Road, will host the service of reflection for those who have been lost to suicide. The service, which will begin at 1.00pm on Saturday 11 September, is open to all who have been bereaved or affected by suicide, of all faiths and none, and will enable people to reflect on those lost to suicide with others who have had similar experiences.

To help recognise warning signs and learn how to talk about suicide the #TalkSuicide campaign is offering free 20 minute suicide prevention training sessions.

People who complete the training are taught how to:

  • identify the signs of when someone might be suffering from suicidal thoughts
  • feel comfortable speaking out about suicide in a supportive manner
  • signpost anyone suffering to the correct services and support

The campaign is led by the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership whose member organisations include City of York Council, NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group and York and Scarborough Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

If you are having mental health issues please know that you are not alone. If you need urgent support or are worried about someone you know, you can get help from:

  • Samaritans – call 116 123
  • C.A.L.M (for men) – call 0800 585 858 from 5pm – 12am
  • Papyrus – call 0800 068 4242

Cllr Carol Runciman, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said:

Suicide is something which has touched on the lives of many people, it impacts friends, families and communities.

"The last 18 months have been very hard for many of us and I would urge anyone struggling to reach out for support. We know how hard it can be to take that first step but you are not alone, and talking about your worries can make a huge difference.

“The memorial service is open to anyone who has been impacted by suicide, and is a very poignant event for anyone who has experienced this kind of loss. No matter what religion or beliefs you follow this is an opportunity to mark the day and those you are missing.”

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, please T A L K

  • Tell someone what you are thinking and how you are feeling
  • Ask for their help, or seek help
  • Listen to their advice or advice from others
  • Know who to call in a crisis and keep the number with you at all times

Seek help or support with any problems

  • phone the Samaritans 24 hour helpline on 116 123 for confidential non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide
  • ring 111 to access mental health services – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • contact your general practitioner (GP) - If you do not have a GP or do not know your GP's telephone number contact 111