People in Hull encouraged to complete short online suicide prevention training
NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has joined organisations across the Humber, Coast and Vale Mental Health Partnership urging people in Hull to complete a free suicide prevention online training programme.
The Humber, Coast and Vale Mental Health Partnership launched the #TalkSuicide campaign last week with people directed to www.talksuicide.co.uk to complete the video-based training, so they can learn life-saving skills and improve the support network for those struggling with suicidal thoughts.
Dr Dan Roper, chair of NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Suicide is something that many of us feel naturally uncomfortable discussing, but it’s important to have difficult conversations sometimes. The #TalkSuicide training gives some great examples of how being open, honest and empathetic can make a big difference to someone.
“Even a simple question, like asking someone if they are okay, while it may seem small, can go a long way towards helping people open up and reach out to someone in a crisis.”
The Zero Suicide Alliance – a group of NHS Trusts, businesses and individuals committed to suicide prevention – has created the training to help people spot signs in people experiencing suicidal thoughts, and equip them with the information and skills to help them help these people.
There were 5,821 registered suicides in the UK in 2017 – more than one death every two hours – with the Yorkshire and Humber region having some of the highest suicide rates in England.  Mental health issues and financial problems are some of the biggest contributing factors to suicide.
National statistics show that suicide is the biggest killer of men aged under 50. Men accounted for three quarters of suicides registered in 2017, while those aged between 45-49 are considered to be most at risk. 
Anyone can undertake the training, which only takes 20 minutes to complete, at www.talksuicide.co.uk
Completing the training will help you to:
- Spot signs in people experiencing suicidal thoughts
- Feel comfortable speaking about suicide in a supportive manner
- Signpost individuals suffering from suicidal thoughts to the correct services or support
Visit www.talksuicide.co.uk to complete the video-based suicide prevention training and learn more about the #TalkSuicide campaign.
Michele Moran, Chair of the Humber, Coast and Vale Mental Health Partnership Board and Chief Executive at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Each death by suicide is a terrible loss and a tragedy for everybody involved. By taking just 20 minutes to complete the online training, you could help save someone from taking their own life. The training will help you to be better in identifying suicidal thoughts and behaviour and give you the information to direct them to the most appropriate support services.”
Jo Kent, Humber, Coast and Vale Suicide Prevention Lead said: “The #TalkSuicide and Zero Suicide Alliance websites have plenty of material to help businesses and organisations incorporate this training into their workplace. We’re calling on individuals and businesses alike to encourage their friends, family, colleagues or employees to complete the online training – because knowing what to do and say in the right situation really can help to save a life.”
If you need urgent help, or if you’re worried about the mental or emotional state of yourself or someone you know, in Hull you can contact the Rapid Response Service at: 01482 301701
For more information about local mental health services, see: https://www.hullccg.nhs.uk/other-services-2/local-services-and-your-health/adult-mental-health-services/
- Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support service. Call them FREE on 116 123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- CALM Campaign Against Living Miserably – for men call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day – Visit the webchat page
- PAPYRUS (support for young people) Freephone 0800 068 4141 or email email@example.com
- The Humber, Coast and Vale Mental Health Partnership is part of the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership – a collaboration of 28 health and social care organisations who are working together to improve health and care across our area.
- The Humber, Coast and Vale area stretches along the east coast of England from Scarborough to Cleethorpes, incorporating the cities of Hull and York and large rural areas across Northern Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire, with a total population of around 1.4 million people.
- Our Partnership represents a new way of working that breaks down the barriers between organisations in health and social care, enabling a greater focus on making the necessary changes to our local health and care services that will improve the health and wellbeing of our local populations.
- The full details of our ambitions for our area (published in November 2016) can be viewed here: http://humbercoastandvale.org.uk/document-library/#strategies