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Shining a Light on Suicide

Drive time with Ben Cooper featured The Shining a Light Suicide Campaign.

 

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The Shining a Light on Suicide campaign was launched on 1 May 2019 with the aim of preventing suicide in Greater Manchester and providing information to help those dealing with suicidal thoughts, worried about others or bereaved by suicide. The campaign takes the subject of suicide out of the dark and highlights the importance of talking about suicide openly and directly.

 

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 49 and women ages 20 to 34. In 2019, 249 people died by suicide in Greater Manchester and 135 people are affected by each death. For every suicide, there are up to 20 more suicide attempts. One in five of us have had suicidal thoughts.

 

If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, it’s really important to talk to someone you trust. Some people find it easier to talk to a stranger:

  • Call Samaritans on 116 123
  • Call Papyrus Hopeline on 0800 068 41 41 (for children and young people under the age of 35)
  • Text Shout to 85258

 

Whether you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, worried about someone else, or have been bereaved by suicide, there is information and support available. Find out more: https://www.shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk/

 

Learn to save a life

We are encouraging everyone to complete Zero Suicide Alliance’s free 20 minute training. It gives you the skills and knowledge to help someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts.

Take part now: https://shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk/learn-to-save-a-life/

 

Speak Their Name: Greater Manchester Suicide Memorial Quilt

Speak Their Name: Greater Manchester Suicide Memorial Quilt, which was unveiled at Manchester Art Gallery ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day 2020, is made of 54 unique squares, each one lovingly created by someone bereaved by suicide.

 

Speak Their Name film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eNCSZ-9kzs&feature=emb_imp_woyt

Find out more about Speak Their Name: https://shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk/speak-their-name/

Speak Their Name Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/speaktheirnamegm

 

As we mentioned on the call, the group is continuing and those bereaved by suicide are invited to join the group. Rebecca Jackson, who is commissioned to run the group, would be happy to speak to you about the quilt and the power of peer support and creative activity.

 

Greater Manchester Bereavement Service

Greater Manchester Bereavement Service helps find support for anyone in Greater Manchester that is bereaved or affected by a death.

Call 0161 983 0902 for support and advice (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

More information can be found on the website: https://greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk/

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