Spot the Signs, Save a Life

Spot the Signs and Save a Life

Spot the Signs of Suicidal Thoughts and You Could Save a Life

Did you know?

  • In 2014, there were 71 registered suicides in Hertfordshire, with East Hertfordshire, North Hertfordshire, and St Albans being the largest affected.
  • About 1 in 8 people in Hertfordshire will be affected by suicide, either themselves or by someone they know.

Every suicide is a tragedy. A tragedy for the victim of suicide. A tragedy for the friends, families, loved ones and communities who are affected by the death.

The Spot the Signs and Save a Life Campaign aims to help the population of Hertfordshire:

  • Be alert to the signs of suicide.
  • Know how to seek help and save the lives of people experiencing emotional and mental distress.
  • Help the community to speak openly about suicide prevention.
  • Challenge the stigma associated with suicide and to promote early intervention within the whole community.
  • Work together to reduce suicide rates.

We can all do this by taking a pledge to be alert to the signs of suicide within ourselves or others and taking positive action.

FREE Suicide Prevention Training Courses 2017

The training sessions are open to those who work in the voluntary and third sector. This includes charities, sports clubs, local community groups and health care providers.

It’s a great opportunity to learn more about suicide prevention and also meet people from other organisations. And what’s even better is that they’re FREE!

Suicide Prevention Training will:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge
  • Introduce practical steps about how to respond
  • Make you feel more confident in spotting the signs of suicide risk

Training Course Dates 2017

17 February Letchworth 10am-4pm
17 March Bishop’s Stortford 10am-4pm
28 April St Albans 9am-4pm
12 May Watford 9:30am-4pm

To book your place email your preferred training date to Siobhan Osgood:

siobhan.osgood@mindinmidherts.org.uk or call 01727 865070.

If you are worried about your own or someone else’s suicidal thoughts or feelings:

  • In a life-threatening situation call 999
  • Make an urgent appointment with your GP
  • Call the Samaritans, for free confidential support: Telephone: 116 123, 24 hours a day, every day
  • For advice on mental health issues contact SANEline:   Telephone: 0300 304 7000 between 6pm and 11pm, every day
  • Call the HPFT Single Point of Access: Telephone: 0300 777 0707 between 8am and 7pm and 01438 843322 between 5pm and 9am
  • Call the Mind Info Line: Telephone: 0300 123 3393 between 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays)

If you are feeling stressed, worried all the time, unable to cope or fed up and tearful you can self-refer or ask your GP to refer you to The Wellbeing Service.

  • Call NHS 111
  • Call or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency

The Spot the Signs and Save a Life suicide prevention campaign is one of the four sites of the ‘Zero Suicide’ Programme developed across the East of England. The campaign was jointly funded by the Strategic Clinical Network across the East of England, and the East and North CCG in Hertfordshire. The campaign was launched by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) in partnership with Mind in Mid Herts and Hertfordshire Mind Network. A wide range of other stakeholders involved in the campaign include East & North Herts CCG, Mind in Mid Herts, Herts Valley CCG, Herts County Council, Samaritans, and Public Health England.