Promoting suicide awareness this September

Today on World Suicide Prevention Day, it is important that York continues in its efforts to promote suicide awareness and prevent suicide as a whole, whilst reflecting on those who have sadly been lost.


Over the coming weeks, a wide range of activities and events will be taking place to bring partners from across the city together in a renewed effort to improve suicide prevention.

This will include the Suicide Prevention Conference, which is due to be held on the 20th September at York Sports Club, Shipton Road.   During the conference, a number of workshops will be held to discuss a number of crucial topics, including: personal experiences, clinical expertise support for the bereaved and City of York Council’s draft Suicide Prevention Strategy.


Cllr Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Adult Social Care & Public Health, commented:

“Suicide causes untold devastation to the lives of people, families and communities affected and it is important that we reflect, as a city, on the importance of suicide awareness.”

“With this in mind, I am pleased that York is taking proactive steps to promote suicide awareness and identify opportunities with partners to help improve suicide prevention and support those who have been impacted.”

“It is so important to remember, if anyone is feeling suicidal, there is an abundance of help available. Do not be afraid to talk someone and do not be afraid to ask for help. Only by working together, can we help reduce suicide in York and the UK.”


If you are feeling suicidal, please T A L K:

Tell someone what you are thinking and how you are feeling

Ask for their help, or seek help

Listen to their advice or advice from others

Know who to call in a crisis and keep the number with you at all times


If you would like to seek help or support with any problems, then please:

  • Phone the Samaritans 24 hour helpline on 116 123 for confidential non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.  
  • Ring 111 to access mental health services – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Contact your general practitioner (GP). If you do not have a GP or do not know your GP's telephone number contact 111.


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