World Mental Health Day 2019: Working together to prevent suicide

10 October is World Mental Health Day and this year local organisations from across Doncaster are working together prevent suicide – the leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 29 years old.

According to the World Health Organisation, more than 800,000 people die by suicide a year which means every 40 seconds, someone ends their life. 

This year to mark the awareness day, staff from NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other health and care organisations are working hard to reduce stigma around mental health and help people understand that suicide is preventable.  

The CCG is holding suicide prevention training for staff and local college students alongside a ‘tea and talk’ event which the People Focused Group charity will join whilst on their walk for wellness tour of Doncaster.  

Dr David Crichton, local GP and Clinical Chair, NHS Doncaster CCG said: “We are working jointly to raise aware of the suicide prevention training available and also make sure people feel empowered to have conversations with loved ones and friends about their mental health. 

“I have recently completed the training and I am delighted to see that all 40 local GP practices have shown a commitment to the zero suicide alliance, it’s important that all members of staff are able to spot the warning signs and take appropriate action in an aim to save a life.” 

The CCG has recently joined up with the Club Doncaster Foundation to highlight key health messages to Fit Rovers members and local communities with a primary focus on mental health wellbeing. 

John Davis, Chief Operating Officer of Club Doncaster Foundation commented: “Mental health is of vital importance to our overall wellbeing and World Mental Health day gives us a great platform to support people to reach out and access the help they require.  

“We’ve seen a significant number of Fit Rovers participants attributing their positive lifestyle changes to increasing their physical activity levels and we aspire to provide inclusive environments for participants to thrive in.” 

For more information about World Mental Health Day and the free ZSA Prevention Training please visit https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com