Zero suicide initiative launched

Luciana speechLiverpool City Region is leading the way in tackling suicide. In partnership with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, it today brought together employers from across the region to pledge to roll out suicide prevention training.

As Mayoral mental health adviser, I was delighted, alongside city region mayor Steve Rotheram, to bring employers from across the public, private and voluntary sectors to the event.

The initiative comes before World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday, September 10 and sets out to make our region the first to adopt the ambition of reducing suicides to zero.

Companies an organisations from across the region agreed to back the initiative and ensure that their staff took the Zero Suicide Alliance training. The training is free, takes just 20 minutes and can help save a life.

I was delighted to see our emergency services support the initiative, alongside housing provider Plus Dane, Citizens Advice Liverpool and Deloitte.

Across the UK around 6,000 people die by suicide each year and every one has a huge effect on the people impacted by it. The emotional and social reprucussions are enormous.

There is a perception that suicide is inevitable and there’s nothing anyone can do about it, but that’s just not true. No-one should feel they can’t reach out.

We can all help make suicide a thing of the past and to ensure that the Liverpool city region is a leading light in the battle against suicide.

This initiative has the backing of Cheshire and Merseyside NO MORE Suicide Partnership Board, which has set itself the target of eliminating suicide. It is leading the work to become a Suicide Safer Community accredited region.

The more people who take this training, the more support we will have in ensuring that vision becomes a reality.

Suicide is preventable. We can see from the long term trends that reducing the number of suicides is possible.

What we need to do – each of us in our personal and professional lives – is to use the tools available to us in this fantastic short, and effective training package to take the conversation further.

I know that, together, with determination and focus, we can make the difference.

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