Suicide prevention begins by recognising the warning signs and knowing how to address them in a serious manner. These warning signs can derive from a build-up of many issues, if addressed at an early stage prevention methods can be put in place before the thought of suicide comes into action.
- For immediate support the NHS help for suicidal thoughts page provides immediate support for suicidal thoughts: click here.
Natonal suicide prevention alliance
- The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) is a cross-sector, England-wide coalition working reduce suicide in England, click here to find out more.
- A new initiative is helping to raise awareness of the issue of male suicide and encourage men to look after their mental and physical health.
- The ManDown Project, established by Thrive Outdoor, encourages men in north Essex to get active and involved in its FarmRunner programme at Devereux Farm near Frinton on Sea in Essex. FarmRunner was initially launched in July 2019 as a way of getting people together to exercise and socialise in the local area. However, the initiative was put on temporary hiatus due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
- Thrive Outdoor is teaming up with FCN and the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group to relaunch the project in May 2021, following the easing of lockdown restrictions across England. Farm Runner will be relaunched on Saturday 1 May. Sessions will be fortnightly from May to October.
- To find out more about Farm Runner, visit the Thrive Outdoor Facebook page or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s okay not be okay
Working in the farming community can be an isolated, lonely job that can have a negative affect on mental health. There are a variety of charities and support systems offering support to those experiencing hard times as well as supporting family members of those farmers undergoing difficult times. It is important to talk about mental health and raise the awareness of its presence within the farming community.
BBC farmers struggling with mental health: click here to watch video.
Samaritans – Real People, Real Stories campaign
- Real stories from men who have been through tough times, encouraging other men to seek help. Click here to view the campaign.
- If you’re feeling low or struggling to cope, it’s okay. Call Samaritans for free, on 116 123.
For further information and contacts on suicide bereavement, view the section on FarmWell, click here.