People are being urged to give up just 20 minutes of their time to take free suicide prevention training and help save a life.
Across the UK around 6,000 people die by suicide each year and every one has a huge impact on the people impacted by it and the emotional and social effects are enormous.
An appeal, spearheaded in Liverpool, and backed by Liverpool MP Luciana Berger and Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, is now urging businesses to roll out training developed by the Zero Suicide Alliance.
It coincides with World Suicide Prevention day and comes from the Cheshire and Merseyside NO MORE Suicide Partnership Board (a collaboration of partners working to prevent suicide) and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust – a member of the Zero Suicide Alliance.
Deputy Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “Suicide has a huge impact on all those who lose a loved one, yet it is a preventable death. We can all make a difference by supporting someone is having suicidal thoughts and is potentially at risk.
“Talking about mental health saves lives, even a quick chat could encourage someone who is struggling to seek help. As we mark World Suicide Prevention Day, I would encourage people across Merseyside to take this free online training course developed by the Zero Suicide Alliance. It takes just 20 minutes, and it could save a life.”
Steve Rotheram said: “This is a life-saving initiative and we want to see as many people as possible complete this training over the next few months and come together on World Mental Health Day to celebrate our success. The training is simple and effective and can be done anywhere, anytime, on any device, by simply logging on to the website."
The ZSA, has developed a free, online suicide prevention course by using expertise from clinicians and those with personal experience to offer advice and provide real life scenarios to illustrate how best to approach a difficult conversation with someone who is struggling.
Luciana Berger, Labour and Co-operateive MP for Liverpool Wavertree and Mayoral Adviser on Mental Health, said: “There is a perception that suicide is inevitable and there’s nothing anyone can do about it, but that’s just not true. No-one should feel they can’t reach out as every suicide is tragic and has a huge impact on family and friends. I would urge everyone to help make suicide a thing of the past and to ensure that the Liverpool city region is a leading light in the battle against suicide.”
Take the training here.