As well as being a tragic loss of life, suicide can have a long lasting impact on friends, family, colleagues and society as a whole and it is an issue which touches many lives on a daily basis. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages, with a suicide occurring every 40 seconds.
There are no easy answers, but lives can be saved if warning signs are recognised early and appropriate support provided.
Healthcare can be an incredibly challenging and demanding environment, and both service users and colleagues often find themselves in need of advice when dealing with those in distress.
Lisa Wallis, Executive Director HR and OD at DHU Health Care said: “Health and wellbeing is exceptionally important within the modern business environment and we are keen to support initiatives such as Suicide Prevention Day. We have also recently appointed a Health, Wellbeing and Diversity Co-ordinator to contribute towards a thriving and supportive environment for our staff and patients.”
As well as the appointment of Sonia Gale as the Health, Wellbeing and Diversity Co-ordinator, DHU Health Care provides a psychotherapy room, access to counselling through Westfield Health, Reflective Supervision, Chaplain Services and Mental Health First Aiders.
On the day itself the company will be handing out materials to encourage conversations around mental health and suicide prevention, sharing information online and signposting colleagues to where additional advice is available.
You can learn more at:
- Suicide Prevention Information https://www.nspa.org.uk/home/our-work/world-suicide-prevention-day-2019/
- WSPD ‘Take a minute’ document: https://www.iasp.info/wspd2019/take-a-minute/
- PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, they have some useful advice which can be found here: https://papyrus-uk.org/help-advice-2/
If you are feeling suicidal, there are people you can talk to:
- speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust
- call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on tel: 116 123
- go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
- make an urgent appointment to see your GP
- contact NHS 111