We're encouraging residents to find out more about the support available this World Suicide Prevention Day, Friday, 10 September.
We have created an online suicide prevention information hub and a guide for businesses which provides information and training, including HR policies for mental health and the Medway Healthy Workplace Program.
We have also launched a campaign to raise awareness of how residents can support their friends and family, with their mental health.
The campaign is centred around three steps residents can take to support someone. Ask. Listen. Stop Suicide aims to reduce the stigma around talking openly about suicide and to encourage residents to learn basic skills around suicide prevention.
Ask encourages residents to start a conversation to check on other people's mental wellbeing. Simple conversation starters, such as asking how is really feeling, could make a life changing difference.
Listen encourages residents to listen carefully to others when they’re discussing their feelings and to let them know that there is support available.
The final step is to signpost people to support services. There is a range of support on offer in Medway including Medway Safe Haven and Release the Pressure, which is available through a webchat service, calling 0800 107 0160, or by texting ‘Medway’ to 85258. A new support service is also available for anyone who has been affected through a bereavement by suicide.
We are also promoting free online training available to those who would like to gain the skills and confidence to help someone who may feel suicidal.
The health and wellbeing of all residents is our top priority
Cllr David Brake, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Public Health, said: “I am pleased that we are launching this campaign in line with this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day. The health and wellbeing of all Medway residents is our top priority. I would encourage residents who are struggling with their mental wellbeing to access the variety of support that is available.”