As some of you will be aware the Zero Suicide Alliance has recently been launched. This is a great campaign aiming to reduce the amount of suicides in this country. In order to do this they are encouraging us all to talk more about it and are offering training. You can find more information at http://www.zerosuicidealliance.com 

I would encourage you all to make yourselves a nice cuppa and sit down for 20 minutes and do this training which can be found at https://www.relias.co.uk/zero-suicide-alliance/form In the training you will learn how to recognise the warning signs in someone contemplating suicide and keep them safe. It will also give you the confidence to start a difficult conversation.

I have sadly seen the devastation left following a suicide and I have also supported people feeling suicidal and I know how hard it can be for them to talk about how they feel. We mustn’t let people suffer in silence as that is when they might choose a permanent solution to solve what is a temporary problem. Sometimes noticing someone is suffering and telling them you have noticed can be a massive turning point.

I am also aware that this time of year can be really difficult in particular if you are struggling. You can feel surrounded by everyone else having fun (this really is not the case). It can also be the first time family are together since the loss of someone dear, which is always hard. Again please don’t suffer in silence. Talk to a friend or call one of the many amazing helplines out there, including

Samaritans 116 123 24 hours a day or you can email them via jo@samaritans.org

SANEline 0300 304 7000 open 4.30pm to 10.30pm daily

Thank you in advance if you do the training and remember to be kind to yourself as well as others. I wish you all the best too for the festive period.

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