Leicestershire joins suicide prevention scheme

Leicestershire County Council has approved the development of a STOP Suicide campaign, which encourages individuals and businesses to make a pledge of support.

Currently running successfully across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough following a pilot scheme funded by the NHS, the programme promotes an increasing role for the voluntary sector in the region, as well as strengthening the availability of crisis support and developing training around suicide awareness.

There are approximately 55 deaths a year from suicide in the county, making it a significant cause of death, particularly among younger people.

Nick Rushton, council leader, said” “Although the figures (for suicide) appear relatively small, any death of this nature has a devastating effect on families and friends. Young people and their mental health issues are a priority for the council. It's about recognising the signs and acting upon them, so people get the help they need. There is already a lot of good work being done in Leicestershire and we want to start a conversation with partners to see if that work can be further extended.”

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