Wednesday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day.
Anyone can experience suicidal thoughts. The more stigma surrounding mental health can be broken down the more likely it is people that need help will reach out.
Over 5,000 people killed themselves in the UK last year, which equates to an average of sixteen suicides a day.
Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague.
For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.
There are a wide range of resources and organisations equipped to help people through a mental health crisis and the Trust’s City & Hackney Crisis Café is such a place.
It is a place open to the whole community and it serves a very important purpose – somewhere anyone can go to talk to mental health professionals – or just have a chat over a cup of tea.
It is a non-judgemental and stigma free environment, where advice and support is given freely.
Trust Lead Occupational Therapist Katie Williams said:
"The cafe is somewhere people can just come and have a chat over a cup of tea and a sticky bun if they want.
"But we also offer a lot of practical advice. The community college also runs some sessions and we have Trust art psychiatry staff take part.
"People can try out different activities here. There is a mixture of amazing staff from across the Trust that work here and they are all well connected to the local community."
There is no need to call to arrange an appointment – anyone can walk into the cafe during opening hours.
The Café is located at:
The Raybould Centre
City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health,
It is open from 6.00pm-9.00pm Monday to Friday, and from midday to 4.00pm on Saturday and Sundays.
The staff can be reached on 073937 62366 during these hours.