A mental health campaign to raise awareness about the warning signs when people are thinking of taking their own life is being expanded across Bedfordshire and Luton on World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September.)
The Trust, local councils and charities are working together through the 'See the Signs, Save a Life' campaign to help the public to recognise when people they know might be struggling with suicidal thoughts and what action to take to support them.
The initiative is already established in Milton Keynes and is being launched in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton.
A free community launch event is being held in Marston Moretaine on World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 – Monday 10 September.
Members of the public and community organisations across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are invited to attend and learn more about the campaign and how services are working together.
Organised by the Bedfordshire and Luton Suicide Prevention Campaign group, it includes free drop-in sessions, including one for supporting young people specifically.
Visitors can also speak to representatives from the Samaritans, MIND BLMK, Public Health teams from the councils, East London Foundation Trust, CHUMS Children and Young People Emotional Wellbeing Services, The Forum and Penrose.
The ‘See the Signs, Save a Life’ campaign focuses on the signs to look out for and what you can do to help. It also encourages the community not to be afraid to ask directly about suicide.
“We see the launch event as the starting point for talking with people across Bedfordshire and Luton, and understanding how they think the campaign should move forward,” said Gail Dearing, the Trust’s Associate Director for Social Care in Bedfordshire and Luton.
“We would urge everyone to start by asking themselves the question: ‘Would I recognise the signs if someone I know is considering taking their own life?’”