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World Suicide Prevention Day

09 Sep 19 - 09 Sep 20

10 September marks World Suicide Prevention Day – the opportunity for people around the world to talk about suicide prevention and about how we can work together to reduce the numbers of people dying by suicide.

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is a member of the Hertfordshire Suicide Prevention Network- a multi-agency group involving more than 80 people from 20-plus organisations working in focused groups, including many people who have been bereaved by suicide. HPFT is a member of the Zero Suicide Alliance which offers free suicide prevention training -  it only takes 20 minutes, so please encourage everyone you know to complete it… https://zerosuicidealliance.com/

HPFT’s Chief Executive, Tom Cahill said: “Suicide is devastating – not only for the person involved, but also their family, friends and colleagues.

“The circumstances that lead someone to decide that suicide is the solution to their problems are extremely complex. Working together with other organisations to understand more about the underlying causes and how they can be tackled, is the best way forward to helping prevent these tragic and unnecessary deaths.”

What you can do to help

Download the Stay Alive app

In May this year, HPFT’s Spot the Signs campaign launched a free life-saving app called “Stay Alive”. It’s packed with really useful features to help people stay mentally well. The app also aims to help people in times of crisis, by providing tools to help keep people safer, together with details of the emergency or support services to contact in Hertfordshire.

Please download the app and encourage others to do the same if you haven’t already done so – it could save a vulnerable person’s life: bit.ly/StayAliveHerts


Joining the conversation #SuicidePrevention

HPFT will be tweeting throughout World Suicide Prevention Day, helping to raise awareness, encouraging people to download the Stay Alive app and complete the Suicide Prevention training. We’ll be using the #wspd #suicide #suicideprevention, so if you’re on twitter, please help us to spread the word.




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