A NEW app will offer information, help and support to people in Herefordshire to help them avoid suicide.
The Stay Alive app, which is the UK’s first suicide prevention app, was created by the charity Grassroots Suicide Prevention, and will now be available in the county after it was licensed to 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.
Poppy Jaman, chief executive of the not-for-profit Mental Health First Aid England (MHFAE), believes Theresa May meant business when she pledged in January to make mental health a priority.
At least 11,000 people a year who have recently been in mental health inpatient care are not followed up within a week of coming home, despite guidelines requiring the NHS to contact them.
Imagine being woken up in the middle of the night by a phone call from your frantic 18-year-old son, threatening to take his own life. Miles away from home in a university hall of residence, where he has struggled to find his feet and is suffering desperately from crippling anxiety, your previously happy, bright, high achieving boy is audibly cracking at the seams. Read More
In a report on the government’s suicide prevention strategy, the House of Commons health select committee, chaired by the Conservative MP Dr Sarah Wollaston, raises fears that irresponsible media coverage has a damaging effect on vulnerable people.
The MPs say: “We recognise the need for programme makers to portray dramatic situations but we contend that this can be done without unnecessary and exact detail about a suicide method which could influence imitative behaviour. Read More
A new mental health and wellbeing service is launching in North Yorkshire run by the county council and NHS.
The North Yorkshire School Mental Health and Wellbeing service will support schools to develop a whole school approach to positive mental health. Read More
In Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent manifesto, he wrote about how Facebook is in a unique position to help prevent people from doing harm to themselves. Worldwide, there is a suicide attempt every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organization. Read More
UK poll of 16- to 24-year-olds reveals many over-exercise, punch walls, drink heavily and abuse drugs due to anxiety and stress. One in four young men are turning to self-harm as a result of depression, anxiety and stress, according to a YouGov poll. Read More