Could you help save lives?
Could you recognise someone at risk of suicide?
Would you know how to help them?
Through a new project offering FREE training in suicide awareness it is hoped more and more people will be able to answer ‘yes’ to these questions.
The Suicide Awareness Partnership Training (SAPT) Project, funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities programme and run by Northamptonshire ACRE, aims to help reduce suicide by 20% by 2012 in line with the National Suicide Prevention Strategy (NSPS) by delivering training across Northamptonshire to encourage an openness about the subject of suicide, reduce the stigma and attitudes about suicide and self harm and raise awareness of its close links with mental illness.
“Rural communities are a high risk group because of the isolation often experienced,” says Karen Denoven, the SAPT Project Officer. She explains, “Social exclusion has been exacerbated by the closure of post offices and village shops, and the reduction in public transport, and farming communities have been hit by many difficulties in recent years. Being cut off from essential services can often lead to depression and stress.”
She adds, “In a small rural community such a death can take its toll on the whole community.”
The free training started in January 2010 and is open to everyone, particularly those that work with, or encounter vulnerable people. All that is asked is that all those attending the training aim to help or influence a total of five people over the three year period.
The suicide rate in the UK is continuing to fall, however, the number of suicides is still a concern.
On average a person dies of suicide every two hours in England.
Suicide is the most common cause of death in adult men under the age of 35
Suicide is the main cause of premature death in people with mental illness
Last year 28 people in Northamptonshire took their own lives
According to the NSPS, in England a person dies every two hours by suicide and approximately 4,300 people take their own lives every year. In the East Midlands an average of just under 360 deaths by suicide occurred between 2003 – 2007. Of those numbers, those living and working in rural communities present a particularly high risk.
Suicide and men….
Three-quarters of suicides in the UK are by men.
Men aged 25-34 are at highest risk of suicide, followed by men aged 35-44.
Suicide and young people….
Suicide is the second most common cause of death in people aged 15-24, behind accidental death.
It is estimated that 7-14% of adolescents will self-harm at some point in their life.
Suicide and the elderly….
In 2006, 217 people aged 80 or above took their own lives. This represents 5.2% of all deaths from suicide.
Suicide and mental illness….
Research has shown that almost all people who end their life by suicide have a mental illness, most commonly depression.
About 10-15% of people with bipolar disorder will die by suicide.
About 4% of people with schizophrenia will die by suicide, often soon after their illness starts.
What is the project?
The project covers 4 counties. Leicestershire & Rutland who are the lead after running a successful pilot, and this year Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are joining.
The Plan for Northamptonshire is to deliver a number of 1/2 day suicide awareness seminars across the county which are open to the general public as well as those whose work is likely to bring them into contact with people at greater risk of suicide.
This will also be backed up by shorter presentations in the workplace to small groups of senior managers / selected employers and schools specifically for self harm.
For more information contact Michelle Batchlor on 01604 825886 or firstname.lastname@example.org