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Create hope through change this World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on 10th September and Northumberland County Council is sharing easy to follow advice to help look after your mental health. 

Each year has a different theme and focus, where organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness and bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention. This year’s theme is ‘Creating Hope through Change’ and will promote three key messages: 
- Look after yourself  
- Look out for others  
- Get help early 

Liz Morgan, Director of Public Health at Northumberland County Council said: “Every suicide is a tragedy that can affect a wide network of individuals and it has significant and long-lasting effects on the people left behind. 

“Suicides are preventable with timely, evidence-based and often low-cost interventions. We are working together with partners to do all we can to prevent suicide and improve support for those affected. 

“Supporting World Suicide Prevention Day gives us the opportunity to get people talking about mental health and where to signpost for help and support for those who are finding things tough.” 

Councillor Catherine Seymour, Northumberland Couty Council’s Mental Health Champion, said:  "Suicide has a devasting effect on families, friends and communities.  We need to raise awareness of mental health, so people are encouraged to talk about how they are feeling.   

“No matter how big or small, our actions can provide hope to those who are struggling. If anyone is feeling overwhelmed, I would encourage them to please reach out to someone.” 

If you or someone you know is struggling, advice is available from:  

The Samaritans (Support and information) - www.samaritans.org 

North East & North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network - www.stopsuicidenenc.org 


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