World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, is a day for people to unite in an attempt to improve the mental health of people around the world. The theme selected for this year’s day is suicide prevention.
Start a Conversation is a suicide prevention campaign that aims to build a community that is committed to the mental health and wellbeing of residents. A non-judging environment where care and support is available to those in distress or those bereaved or affected by suicide.
Through a raised awareness and open and honest conversations about suicide we believe that every person has the potential to make a difference and save a life.
The campaign is led by us, working in partnership with a number of organisations, from a variety of sectors from the community, that have come together with a commitment to prevent suicide.
Through our #StartAConversation campaign we would like residents and communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to be more aware of the warning signs of suicidal behaviour and to have an open and honest approach to conversations about suicide. In this way we can work together to prevent suicide.
If you need to talk to someone the Samaritans can be contacted by calling 116 123, or visit www.startaconversation.co.uk for more information.