Liverpool Support Services unite for World Suicide Prevention Day

Local services come together to provide mental health care and support.

National mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma and suicide crisis centre, James’ Place are inviting representatives from mental health support services across Merseyside to come together for World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday 10 September 2018.

The event will take place between 1-4pm at James’ Place, the newly opened centre on Catherine Street. It will offer organisations the opportunity to build links with one another, share knowledge and understand how services can work better together. There will also be an opportunity for support services to sign up to Chasing the Stigma’s Hub of Hope, if they are not yet registered.

Watch above as our Jay met Chasing the Stigma founder Jake Mills to talk about Mental Health Awareness, earlier in 2018. Click here to find out more about Chasing the Stigma and the Hub of Hope. 

Attendees on the day will include representatives from Mersey Care, Everton in the Community, the Liverpool Foundation, Samaritans and up to 20 other charities and services that help to prevent suicide in Merseyside.

Speaking about the event Jake Mills, CEO of Chasing the Stigma, said: “We have some incredible services here in Liverpool and it is important that we give them the platform to not only promote their services but celebrate their achievements too. This is exactly what we want to do with the Hub of Hope and this event aims to create a physical Hub of Hope for an afternoon. It is important that we have a joined-up approach to suicide prevention if we want to make a real difference.”

Jane Boland, Centre Manager at James’ Place said “We know that there are a lot of resources across our region for people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts. I hope that this can be the first of many joint events.”

Research by the World Health Organisation has shown that a lack of close friends has a significant impact on men’s health in the long term, leaving men at risk of depression, anxiety and suicide and earlier this year, Liverpool’s youngest Beatles expert and tourism guide, Dale Roberts wrote an honest, frank account of his own mental health struggles. Click here to read his plea for more young men in the city to speak out.

For more information about Chasing the Stigma, head to the official Facebook page here and find out more about James’ Place at www.jamesplace.org.uk

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