‘Take a minute, change a life’
Date: 08 September 2017
In the run up to World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday 10 September, Kent County Council (KCC) is reminding people of a special helpline aimed at reducing the number of suicides by encouraging men feeling under pressure to seek help.
The KCC campaign “Release the pressure” was launched last year and has seen a 76 per cent increase in male callers.
The helpline urges people to seek help by calling 0800 107 0160 where support is available from trained and experienced staff on this freephone number, 24 hours a day 365 days a year. It is provided by an independent charity Mental Health Matters (MHM), and offers a lifeline to those who need to take a minute and talk to someone that could help to change their life. There is also a website for more details and case studies of men from Kent who have turned their lives around after attempting suicide. Please visit: www.releasethepressure.uk
This year's theme is “Take a minute, change a life”. Friends and family of people who may be going through a rough patch are urged to point them in the direction of crucial support which could prevent them harming themselves.
KCC has since been awarded up to £100,000 from the mental health programme at Health Education England, KSS, to be spent delivering suicide prevention training to organisations and voluntary sector groups to improve the support available for people when they are going through rough patches in their lives.
If you would like to register your interest in attending the free training which will be delivered later in the year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org