People in Sefton encouraged to talk about mental health

We’re working with Sefton Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Consortium (also known as SAMHAWC) to remember those who have lost their lives through suicide.

For every life that is lost through suicide, multiple impacts are felt by family, friends, professionals dealing with the death and the wider community to which the person belonged.

On the 11th September 2017 SAMHAWC partners will be remembering the lives of people lost through suicide. Lights will be placed in the SAMHAWC Partners premises in remembrance.

Last year many of the staff working for SAMHAWC partner organisations received training in suicide awareness. They learned the importance of asking “Are you alright?” a simple question that might save someone’s life. By asking if someone is alright you open possibilities to get help and support with the issues that are making that person feel suicidal.

SAMHAWC partners are not experts on suicide prevention but they do offer a wide range of services to support the mental health and wellbeing of people living in Sefton.

For more information about SAMHAWC partners and the support they can offer get in touch with Sefton CVS.

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.

The overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years, but worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope. In Sefton there many activities and services that happen in the community every week, that you might not even know about, which could improve your mental health and help make life a little easier.

So, from World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September) to World Mental Health Day (10th October) we are going to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton. Look out for the hashtag #SeftonInMind and join in by telling us about good local services and activities that have helped you.