World Suicide Prevention Day - 10 September

Sunday 10th September 2017 is World Suicide Prevention Day - a global campaign to raise awareness of suicide prevention. Each year, more than 6,000 people die by suicide in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

The theme of this year's World Suicide Prevention Day is 'Take a minute, change a life'. It encourages us all to start gentle conversations, to take a moment to listen to someone who might be struggling.

This autumn Brighton & Hove Recovery College is offering two courses on living with suicidal thoughts. These courses are part of a pilot initiative funded through the Brighton & Hove City Council Innovation Fund. We are delivering the initiative in partnership with Grassroots Suicide Prevention and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

'Living with Suicidal Thoughts' is a four-week course for people who have experience of living with suicidal thoughts to help them recognise their emotional changes, identify coping strategies and create a plan when support is needed. 'Let's Talk About Suicide' is an evening workshop specifically designed for families, friends, carers and supporters to learn how to talk directly and safely to people living with suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

Elaine Colomberg, Manager at the Recovery College, says "Southdown is committed to providing education and training to those living with suicidal thoughts and also to carers and supporters. We believe that it is important to have the space to talk about thoughts an feelings around suicide and the Recovery College can provide the opportunity to facilitate these conversations."

If you are interested in applying for a place on one of these courses call the College on 01273 764917. For more about the Recovery College click here.