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New long-term prevention strategy for suicide and self-harm in Medway

We are consulting on the Kent and Medway Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention Strategy for 2021 to 2025. This includes the strategy for children and young people. 

The strategy will shape the support that is provided within the county to help prevent suicide and self-harm. The aim is to help reduce cases in these areas over the next 5 years. 

Suicide rates in the country have fallen in the last 5 years, but Kent and Medway still has a higher rate of suicide than the national average. It's important that we do everything we can to help anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts and feels there is no other alternative. 

Find out more about the strategy, and other support documents.

Have your say on the strategy and complete the survey.

This survey will be open until Thursday 18 March 2021.

Release the Pressure campaign

It's natural to feel anxious or under stress in uncertain times. If you are feeling the pressure today, do not suffer in silence.

Release the Pressure is a free, confidential 24-hour service. Support is available whenever you need it.

To get in touch you can:

Release the Pressure is provided by independent charities, and funded by Kent County Council and Medway Council.

Medway Safe Haven

If you are feeling distressed, frightened, overwhelmed or that things are too much for you right now, Medway Safe Haven can help.

The Medway Safe Haven can offer face to face support - someone to talk to when normal services might be closed.

The service is open under the current government restrictions for walk-in appointments. It is available to anyone aged 16 and over.

Find out more about Medway Safe Haven

Safety planning

Download the free #StayAlive app to create your own safety plan. 

Find out more information about creating safety plans.

Release the Pressure can also help if you are worried about someone else but do not know how to help or start the conversation.

Read the Help is at Hand guide if you have been affected by suicide.

The Samaritans

The Samaritans helpline provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support.

You can call them on 116 123. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Visit the Samaritans website for more information.

Hope and recovery: Living Warriors Films

There is always hope. Each Living Warriors film tells the story of the road to recovery from the darkest points.

The seven new films were made to:

  • raise awareness of mental health experiences
  • allow those involved to get their message heard to help others who may face similar challenges

The films were produced for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020. The film were funded by the Kent and Medway Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund.

To watch the films, visit the Living Warriors website.