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Saturday 23 September 2017
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Trust joins local organisations in supporting World Suicide Prevention Day 2017

World Suicide Prevention Day 2016
Derbyshire Healthcare's Dr Allan Johnston, State of Mind's Jimmy Gittins and local author Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa at the 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day event at Derby County FC.
We are teaming up with local councils, charities, voluntary groups and football clubs this September to raise awareness amongst people in Derbyshire and Derby that suicide can be prevented.
 

As part of World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) we are joining forces with organisations including Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council, Derbyshire Mental Health Forum, the Samaritans, Chesterfield Football Club and Derby County FC to encourage local people to look after their own mental wellbeing and to look out for their friends, family and neighbours. 

Football matches

Representatives of the different organisations will be sharing the theme of this year's World Suicide Prevention Day - 'take a minute, change a life' - with fans at two football matches:

  • Chesterfield versus Coventry City on Saturday 2 September - kick-off is at 3pm at the Proact Stadium, Chesterfield

  • Derby County versus Hull City on Friday 8 September - kick-off is at 7.45pm at Pride Park Stadium, Derby.

Public survey

We will also be encouraging people to share their attitudes and experiences of suicide through a survey, available until 19 September at http://surveys.derbyshcft.nhs.uk/s/WSPD2017/ 

"Check in with friends"

Dr Allan Johnston, consultant psychiatrist at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and chair of the Trust's suicide prevention strategy group, said: “We are really pleased that so many local organisations are coming together this year for World Suicide Prevention Day and encouraging people to speak up if they are feeling down. 

“The statistics around suicide are pretty stark: someone dies as a result of suicide every 90 minutes. That’s why it’s so important that we all take a minute to check in with our friends and ask, “Are you OK?” 

“Men are three times more likely to take their own life than women, so it’s especially appropriate that we reach out to men in our community for this annual event. This year we are joining together to talk to football fans in both Chesterfield and Derby. 

“We want to encourage as many people as possible to get help if they are struggling, and to urge their friends and loved ones to do the same.”

Get help

If you, or someone you know, are feeling suicidal, there are several things you can do:

  • Speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust
  • Call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123
  • Go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
  • Contact NHS 111
  • Make an urgent appointment to see your GP.

Our suicide prevention strategy

Last year, Derbyshire Healthcare published a new strategy to help prevent suicide in Derby and Derbyshire. 

You can view the strategy as a PDF here on our website. Or you can view a one-page summary of the strategy.