Spot the Signs and Save a Life
Did you know?
- Each year more people die by suicide than road traffic accidents and homicides in the UK.
- Approximately 6,000 people in the UK die each year by suicide.
- About 1 in 5 people in the UK experience thoughts of suicide at some point in their life.
Spot the Signs is a new suicide prevention project for Hertfordshire funded by the Strategic Clinical Network East of England and East and North Herts CCG.
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust has developed this project in partnership with Herts Mind Network, Hertfordshire Public Health, GPs, CCGs and people with their own experiences of having felt suicidal or cared for someone who has.
What is the programme about?
The project aims to help the population of Hertfordshire:
To be alert to the signs of suicide.
To know how to seek help and save the lives of people experiencing emotional and mental distress.
To help the community to speak openly about suicide prevention.
To challenge the stigma associated with suicide and to promote early intervention within the whole community.
To work together to reduce suicide rates
How are we going to do this?
There is a dedicated section on the Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and Herts Mind Network websites which provides information on the signs to spot if someone is having suicidal thoughts and where to get help which is availabe 24/7.
Over the coming months a training programme for GPs and practice nurses will be running in east and north Hertfordshire to help those in primary care in picking up warning signs of suicide and raising confidence in having these difficult conversations. This training will also be rolled out to others in primary care including district nurses and practice reception staff.
Take The Pledge to Take Positive Action
Being able to spot the signs of distress and suicidal behaviour is the first step in preventing suicide. It should be followed by taking positive action. Positive action either means telling someone if you are worried about your own thoughts and feelings, or reaching out to support someone who may be feeling suicidal.