Oldham's Mayor posts important message on World Suicide Prevention Day

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 11 September 2020

Oldhams mayor Ginny Alexander posted a sensitive video message to mark World Suicide Prevention Day which is observed internationally on the 10th of September every year.

The day provides a world wide commitment and action to prevent suicide with various activities and events around the world. 

She said: “Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 restrictions most of these events will be held on social media.

“This morning a flag was raised at the civic centre in recognition and support of suicide prevention.

"Here in Oldham, we are fortunate enough to have a wide range of support groups. One in particular is Andy’s Man Club who are constantly doing great work for the people of Oldham.

“Every year organisations and communities come together to raise awareness of how we create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

“Every single life lost to suicide is a tragedy. We can only create real change by reaching out to one another and supporting our communities in their hour of need. Always remember, it is okay not to be okay.

“Unfortunately, in the UK men are three times as likely to die by suicide than women. Sadly, it affects our youth from the ages of 15 to 25 which at the moment, is at a very high rate.

“World Suicide Prevention Day aims to start the conversations about suicide and to show recovery is possible.“

“If you need someone to talk to then please reach out to any of the following organisations and support groups:

"NHS Mental Health Service, Samaritans, Mind, Andys Man Club, The Calm helpline.

“There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Where there is despair, there is always hope.

"Never be afraid to reach out, it is okay to talk.”

If you need support, please visit:

NHS Mental Health Service - https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/

The Samaritans - https://www.samaritans.org/

Mind- https://www.mind.org.uk/

Andy’s Man Club - https://andysmanclub.co.uk/

The Calm Zone - https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/helpline/

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