Leicestershire Police is ‘taking action’ to mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday 10 September.
This week the force, alongside other agencies throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, is hosting a series of online presentations and Q&A sessions designed to help those who work in healthcare and emergency service settings, as well as those who are looking for support but may not know where to turn.
The sessions include advice on mental health support, crisis management skills, suicide awareness and even wellbeing yoga. To see the full list click this link for more information.
Barney Thorne is the force’s Suicide Prevention Lead, a role which sees him liaise with bereaved families following the trauma of a death by suicide.
“Losing someone in this way is devastating but we want people to know that they are not alone,” said Barney.
“Support is always available day or night. There are so many emotions an individual can go through. There’s no right or wrong way to grieve, but we know that sharing how you feel with others, perhaps those who have been through a similar trauma, can help.
“The Tomorrow Project can provide long term face to face confidential support so that you can talk through your emotions and find appropriate strategies for dealing with them.
As well as looking after the welfare of officers who attend traumatic incidents, suicide prevention is another part of Barney’s role.
“The past 18 months has seen even more strain placed on our communities because of the pandemic. So now, more than ever, we need to ensure we’re looking after ourselves and one another. Help yourself or others by picking up the phone, talking to a colleague, loved one or friend and ‘take action’.”