Mental Awareness 2019
Thursday October 10 2019 is World Mental Health Day
Thursday October 10 2019 is World Mental Health Day, St Joseph’s and Newport MIND have joined together to collate information, resources and support services that reflect this year’s topic which is about suicide and suicide prevention.
Suicide can understandably be a difficult and sensitive topic for many people, therefore, we wanted to highlight that some of the information below and additional attachments some may find distressing;
Every year close to 800,000 people globally take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. It's the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK and is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally, and males are three times more likely to complete and attempt at suicide.
One of the main ways we can help reduce suicide within our community is by having more conversations and being open about suicide so that those who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings may feel able to open up with someone sooner. Below is a list of the resources and helplines that we would like to share with our families;
- If your friend is not ok – Headspace
- Hello Yellow lesson plan – Young Minds
- Info about suicide aimed a younger audience
- 24/7 Childline helpline – click this link or call for free on 0800 1111
- Conversation starters – Papyrus
- Communicating with your young person – Papyrus
- How to talk about suicide with a young person – Headspace
- Stay Alive suicide prevention App – available in the App Store and Google play
- D.E.A.L (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) – Samaritans
- Step by step – Samaritans
- Work with Compassion – Samaritans
- Cope with suicidal feelings – Mind
- 116 123 – Samaritan’s helpline
St Joseph’s is a school that cares for and is always there for the people that make it a special place ……..the staff. If colleagues are concerned about their own mental health, loved ones or people they know please talk to your line managers, trusted friends, SLT or Newport MIND.