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From life-saving apps to plogging - read about the latest news and events during this Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW)...

A free life-saving App called “Stay Alive”, which is packed with really useful features to help people stay mentally well, has been launched by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and was developed by suicide prevention charity Grassroots. The App’s aim is to help people in times of crisis to feel that suicide is not their only option. It has tools to help keep people safer, together with details of the emergency or support services to contact in Hertfordshire.

According to the Office of National Statistics in 2017, the highest suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 45-49. The Hertfordshire Suicide Audit 2015/16 identified a total of 56 deaths by suicide in Hertfordshire and 50% of those who took their own lives were by people who had not accessed mental health services.

HPFT’s Chief Executive Tom Cahill said:

“Every suicide is devastating for the vulnerable person, as well as their family, friends and colleagues. Pooling our ideas and working together to help prevent suicides happening and to raise awareness is the best way forward."

You can download the App for free by following this link on your phone: 

Want to have fun with colleagues while helping out your local environment and promoting staff wellbeing?


Join your Essex colleagues for a spot of plogging this Sunday 19th May; this is a popular past time in Clacton, usually involving jogging and collecting plastic rubbish! But staff thought they'd make it more suitable to everyone and make it a more genteel walk along the seafront whilst cleaning up our beaches.

Anyone is welcome, there is a path or beach to walk along, so it's suitable for buggies etc.

Details: 19th May 2019 at 11am - meet at Walton Pier. See poster below and above. 


Published 15th May 2019


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