Help end the stigma of talking about mental health

“We lose three Tennesseans every day to suicide“, Scott Ridgway, Executive Director of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, said.

“And remind people the reasons to stay, the reasons to live, and we can’t do that if we aren’t continually having this conversation”.

As part of the observance, TSPN’s annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Day event is scheduled for September 13 at 10:30 Trevecca Community Church at 335 Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville.

“We’ve offered tools like these, developed in collaboration with mental health organizations, for more than ten years”.

Awareness of the trends behind the numbers makes us better equipped to target suicide prevention where it is most needed.

AHS has a number of services and supports to help people struggling with mental illness. One in 20 people at any given time have thoughts of suicide, but not all act on these thoughts.

When people feel validated and know they are not alone, this can ease their despair and isolation.

Kent County Council has since been awarded up to £100,000 from the mental health programme at Health Education England, KSS, to be spent delivering suicide prevention training to organisations and voluntary sector groups to improve the support available for people when they are going through rough patches in their lives.

“Talking about mental health and listening to family, friends and colleagues is an important first step to tackling issues you might face and accessing help”.

HopeLine runs a confidential advice helpline if you are a young person at risk of suicide or are anxious about a young person at risk of suicide. Let the person know you have noticed these changes and show a willingness to be there for them. “People don’t want to talk about it, there’s a stigma connected to it, and there are a lot of people that need help and they’re not getting it”.

It takes a community to rally around people who need help. Everyone has a role in our communities to foster hope, build resilience and do what we can to prevent suicide.

THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION OF CANADAThe Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for change.

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