Suicide Prevention Network Day of Social Media Action
18th December, 2020
The 18th December 2020 is our Suicide Prevention Network day. This essentially means that we are dedicating this day to creating a big social media push in promoting the importance of suicide prevention as well as key signposting resources for those struggling with suicidal ideation or those in crisis.
Suicide prevention should be of paramount importance in any service. Therefore, we at Talking Helps Newcastle, want to pledge our support for any initiatives looking to raise awareness of this vital topic.
For Suicide Prevention Network day we are drawing on the brilliant work of The North East and North Cumbria’s Suicide Prevention Network. They have a brilliant range of resources in how to engage in open conversation with the people in your life and specific advice on how to help someone who is struggling with their mental health: http://www.stopsuicidenenc.org/visitor/concerned
Their Twitter page is another source of advice which you can refer to: @StopSuicideNENC
At this time of year, many people will struggle with debt or have financial difficulties in the run up to Christmas – particularly after such a difficult and bewildering year as 2020 has been. These things can be significant risk factors for suicide so their importance should not be under-estimated. Reach out to people that might be struggling financially at this time of year and if you are struggling yourself, here is a list of resources that might be able to provide some advice and guidance for you:
1.) National Debtline @natdebtline offers free independent debt advice over the phone or via webchat to get you through these tough times: https://www.nationaldebtline.org/
2.) If you need advice about benefits, debt, finances, housing and more, your local @CitizensAdvice can offer guidance and support. Don’t struggle alone. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
3.)The @MentalHealthUK Mental Health and Money Advice service provides clear, practical advice on dealing with debt and managing your finances: https://www.mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org/
4.) The Debt Support Trust @Debt_S_Trust provides a helpline service to help you manage your finances. Don’t let money worries get the better of you this Christmas. https://www.debtsupporttrust.org.uk/
5.) These personal stories from @StepChange debt charity show how much impact money worries can have on people’s mental health and wellbeing. There is support to help you. https://www.stepchange.org/stepchange-reviews.aspx
Importantly if you are struggling to cope in any way please reach out. Samaritans are a brilliant national resource for anyone: 116 123 (freephone). If this feels too much, @GiveUsAShout offers a free crisis text support service. Simply text SHOUT to 85258.