The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council has pledged his support to this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September 2018).
In line with this year’s theme, Councillor Sean McPeake, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, would like to encourage us all to take time to notice what’s going on with our families, friends and colleagues.
“World Suicide Prevention Day is an important reminder that not everyone is doing OK. In 2016, 297 deaths were registered here as suicide. An upsetting figure, but we can all play our part in helping to reduce this.
“This year’s theme is ‘working together to prevent suicide’. We can all work together by taking a little time out from our busy schedules to ask a family member, friend or colleague “are you OK?”. A simple starting point in letting a vulnerable person know that you are there.
“Signs can be difficult to recognise but a few tell-tale signs include; withdrawing from friends and family; depression or low mood; loss of interest in usual activities; changes in appetite and loss of energy. If you recognise these signs, let them know that you are concerned and here to help.”
Three helpful numbers everyone should add to their phone contacts are; Lifeline: 0808 808 8000, Samaritans: 116 123 and Westfield: 0114 250 2000, as well as your GP's number.
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