September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

The World Health Organisation estimates that over 800,000 people take their own life each year – one every 40 seconds.

This year’s theme for World Suicide Prevention day is 'Working Together to Prevent Suicide' and we think this is a good time to remind staff about the support in place for anyone who feels suicidal, or is experiencing any other mental health issue.

For further information on the current state of play with Suicide in the UK, please see the websites and articles below. They show how common Suicide is in the UK and can be really valuable in raising people’s understanding of suicide if they weren’t aware. 

Earlier this summer we rolled out our Spot the Signs Suicide Prevention training which is open to all staff. Feedback from the sessions has been positive, and we would encourage as many of you as possible to take advantage of this opportunity. There are still some dates available, and you can find out more here.

This Autumn the Trust will be relaunching the Wellbeing Team and introducing a brand-new Mental Health and Wellbeing campaign. More details will be coming over the next couple of months, but the purpose of the campaign is for all staff to feel supported, understand work-life balance and its’ importance, and to know where to go for help whenever they need.

How to get help if you are having suicidal thoughts:

  • The 24-hour ‘In Crisis’ telephone support is for employees in distress, considering self-harm or having suicidal thoughts: 0808 196 2370
  • EEASTStaff Wellbeing team: Call 01234 243060 or email
  • A trusted friend, relative or neighbour
  • Samaritans: Call 116 123 (24/7 free number)
  • NHS Helpline: call 111
  • Contact your mental health team or care co-ordinatorif you have one
  • GP: Make an appointment to see your family doctor


Support for those who have lost someone to Suicide:

 Published 10th September 2020




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