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Lancashire and South Cumbria organisations invited to take part in male suicide anti-stigma campaign

20th December 2019

Organisations and businesses who want to find out how to support staff and their community are invited to take part in Lancashire and South Cumbria Suicide Prevention Team’s male suicide anti-stigma campaign, Let’s Talk To Prevent Male Suicide, at two events in the New Year.

Former footballer Paul Stewart will be a guest speaker at the events for all of those who work with and can reach out to the male population:

  • Monday 20 January: 9am – 12.30pm 
    Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club, Preston, PR4 0AP
  • Monday 3 February: 9am – 12.30pm
    Barrow AFC, Progression Solicitors Stadium, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 5UW

In Lancashire and South Cumbria the suicide rates are the third highest in England. To address this, a partnership of NHS, local authority, police, public sector, education and businesses is working to reduce suicide and demonstrate that we all can make a difference.

  • Suicide is the biggest killer of men under age 49. The partnership is therefore keen to reach out to local men by working in partnership with:
  • Sports organisations
  • Construction industry
  • Rural and farming communities
  • Armed forces
  • Employers with a predominantly male workforce
  • Community initiatives aimed at men.

Businesses will be able to access:

  • an employee toolkit for tackling suicide stigma in the workplace;
  • free resources for tackling suicide stigma;
  • advice on developing workplace policies around suicide prevention;
  • information on how to access suicide prevention training;
  • sources of information for finding local support services;
  • information on innovative community suicide prevention projects.

Louise Thomas, Mental Health Clinical Network Programme Manager for Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, said:

“We hope that local businesses and organisations will come along to our events in the New Year. Suicide is a complex issue but suicide prevention is everyone’s business.

“Of those who die by suicide, 67 per cent are not known to mental health services, so the workplace and community settings, such as sports grounds, are important environments for supporting those at risk.”

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