Create hope through action this World Suicide Prevention Day | The Now We're Talking Campaign

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Launched in 2018 by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care Trust the Now We're Talking campaign set out to reduce stigma and encourage more local people to access the Healthy Minds Service to get the support if and when they need it!

Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improves relationships, aids recovery and take the sigma out of something that affects us all.

There are lots of different ways to have the conversation about mental health and you don't have to be an expert to talk. There plenty of ways in which you can get involved in the Now We're Talking campaign, from a trip to the rugby, talks and presentations at your place of work, stands at your local library, a day at the races, you can even run a half marathon with us! If you really want too! 

Our promtion of mental health awareness has many forms, and we are all about thinking outside the box! Mental Health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improves relationships, aid recovery and take the sigma out of something that affects us all.

There are lots of different ways to have the conversation about mental health and you don't have to be an expert to talk.

If you would like further information about the Now We’re Talking campaign and how you could get involved please contact alice.linley@nhs.net

Talk

Someone you know will have a mental health problem right now – a family member, your friend, your workmate. He or she just might not know how to tell you. 

Being open to mental health can break down any stigma surrounding it. You don’t have to be an expert to talk and to listen, and often it’s the little things that make a big difference.

A car enthusiast who has experienced depression has set up a support network for like-minded people. Dan Pendry-Moore, from Bromsgrove, hopes Sad Boi Race Club will help fight a mental health stigma among men. The 32-year-old said his story was "very typical of most men" who "bottle up" feelings.

Listen

Podcasts can be a really good way of relaxing the mind, listen to features, interviews and a number of people involved in mental health, including people have experience mental health difficulties, campaigners and mental health experts.

Sons of Anxiety is a new podcast brought to you by Stew Kingscott and Justyn Surrall who open up about their own battles with stress, depression and anxiety. They have teamed up with our very own Psychologist Dr Ben Rogers to investigate why men struggle to talk to each other about their mental health…and what happens when they do.

Here are a number of other podcasts to help keep your mind healthy:

  1. NHS Strength and Flexibility
  2. The Food Medic
  3. The Doctor's Kitchen
  4. On Purpose
  5. Just One More Thing
  6. Thorough Examination
  7. Feel Better and Live More
  8. Get Sleepy
  9. Sleep Meditations
  10. Nutrition Facts
  11. Take Control of Your Health
  12. Breathcast 
  13. Spoke

Support

Over the last three years the Now We’re Talking campaign has received a fantastic amount of support from a number of organisations and individuals.

We have been encouraging organisations and businesses across Herefordshire and Worcestershire to spread the message to their staff and customers. Between us we can help address the stigma wrongly attached to mental health, and to keep more people feeling well, healthy and positive.

Here are just a few of our supporters!

Joe Batley - Worcester Warriors

Joe Batley

I am pleased to be supporting the Now We’re Talking campaign. We are in really strange times at the moment, and I would urge anyone struggling to get support. It’s really important to reach out and ask for help

Paul Cheshire, West Mercia Police

Paul Cheshire

Mental health is a hidden illness, and will remain so unless we are willing to talk about it

Jon Laight, H & W Fire & Rescue service

Jon Laight

Good mental health and well-being is just as important as eating well and keeping fit.  When I recognise my stress levels are rising, I talk to friends, family and colleagues and use mindfulness to reset and refresh

Ed Chamberlin, ITV Presenter

Ed Chamberlin

I’m pleased to be supporting the Now We’re Talking Mental health campaign, everybody has mental health and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it, just having a conversation with a friend or family member can make such a difference, it’s ok not to be ok!

Rishi Persad, ITV Presenter

Image of Rishi Persad

As we all know this year has been incredibly challenging for everyone. I am certain that almost all of us have had moments of worry and concern, but it’s vital to know that you are not alone. No matter who you are or what you are dealing with, we all need someone to listen and to know that there is someone wanting to know how you feel and someone that cares. That’s why I am fully behind the Now We’re Talking campaign which encourages people to reach out to Healthy Minds where you can get the support you need to help with whatever you are dealing with

Steve Goode, Chairman Worcester City Football

Steve Goode

In the sporting community it is so important that athletes share problems not only with their physical health but also their mental health. As a community we not only support our local team but individuals who sometimes just need a shoulder to lean on. If you feel overwhelmed with emotion or have health issue that is bothering you, please talk to someone. I was always told, a problem shared is a problem halved.

Create hope through action this World Suicide Prevention Day

Friday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day. An annual event to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

“Creating hope through action” is the theme of this year's World Suicide Prevention Day .

Globally an estimated 703,000 people die by suicide each year.

To create hope through action, residents are being asked to go to The Now We’re Talking website to get lots of hints and tips to help talk to someone. That conversation may just save someone’s life.

The Now We’re Talking website has lots of resources including advice to get you through a crisis, conversation starters for talking about suicide, step by step guides to help someone in crisis and advice for self-care when supporting someone. You can also find free suicide awareness training which takes just 20 minutes to complete here too.

Councillor Matt Dormer, Cabinet Member with Responsibilities for Communities, said:

“Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and it’s worrying that men are more likely to die by suicide than women.  So, while I’m particularly calling out to men to look out for each other, we know that absolutely anyone can be affected by suicide and it’s everyone’s responsibility to ‘create hope through action’.

“I urge everyone to take the time to look through The Now We’re Talking website. You can quickly learn some simple strategies to help others and help yourself. Suicide is preventable. Small actions and small talk can save lives.”

Emma Webber, Associate Director for Mental Health and Learning Disability Services , said:

“We have a range of support available to help those struggling from common mental health difficulties such as stress, anxiety or low mood, through to those experiencing a mental health crisis.

“It is really important that we create a culture where everyone feels comfortable to talk and get support at the earliest opportunity. Our healthy minds team provide a range of talking therapies and our 24/7 crisis team can support those in a mental health emergency.”

To remember a lost loved one, show your support for the survivors of suicide and those bereaved by suicide, you can also light a candle near a window at 8pm on Friday 10 September.

If you feel overloaded, you don’t have to struggle alone, just call the Herefordshire & Worcestershire 24-hour urgent mental health helpline free on 0808 196 9127. Someone is there to listen to you and calls are free and confidential.

You can find out more about the Herefordshire & Worcestershire’s Suicide Prevention Programme on Worcestershire County Council’s website.

www.healthyminds.whct.nhs.uk/nwt-suicideprevention

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