Southampton City Council and Southern Health NHSFT ask you to "show someone you love" to prevent suicides

In support of World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September

Southern Health NHS Trust and Southampton City Council and ask you to "show someone you love" to prevent suicides. This Thursday (10th September 2020) is World Suicide Prevention Day. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Southampton City Council are partnering with community organisations to highlight how we can support each other during this time and providing support to those who feel suicidal or those that are worried about someone else.

The campaign--called ‘show someone you love’-- will focus on a group in the community each day this week. Southern Health NHSFT will be giving professional advice about what to look out for if a loved one is struggling, and then encouraging people to ‘show someone you love’ they care, by checking in on them and sharing key help and support available locally and nationally. NSPA

The three groups we will focus on are:

  • Monday (7 September 2020) – those who identify as male
  • Tuesday (8 September 2020) – young people and perinatal parents
  • Wednesday (9 September 2020)– older people, those who have been isolated and in inpatient wards throughout the pandemic
  • Thursday (10 September 2020) will be the main focus of the campaign, when all these elements will come together

Last year, Southern Health launched its ‘Every Life Matters’ campaign to help prevent suicides. Part of the campaign involved providing the community with ‘life cards’, listing the details of key organisations who can offer help and support to those who are feeling suicidal or are worried about someone they know feeling suicidal.

Together, we hope this call to action will encourage people who see our messages and the support available, to show someone they love and in turn ensure as many people know who they can contact for support as possible. 

Southern Health’s Director of Nursing and Suicide Prevention Lead, Daisy Mudoni said “2020 has been incredible challenging for many, especially for those with existing mental health problems. Every day isolation and living with uncertainty has made life increasingly difficult and sadly, this has impacted many people’s mental wellbeing. Reaching out, and checking in on those who may be in need of some support can really make a difference.” 

Cllr Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, said: "Reaching out to loved ones is especially important in times like these. Helping our friends and family overcome feelings of isolation or loneliness are a key part of helping to prevent the tragedy of suicide. I'd like to encourage each of you show someone you love this week that you care. It can make a world of difference to someone.

"Where you need our support, our mental health partners in NHS and community organisations are here to help you. We've provided more information on our website to help direct you to those.

"Following the 5 Ways to Wellbeing is one important way we can all help ourselves to cope with this new reality: 1) connect with other people; 2) be physically active; 3) learn new skills; 4) give to others; 5) pay attention to the present moment."

If you are struggling with your mental health, remember that it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust - and doing so may help them too. Maintaining healthy relationships with people we trust is important for our mental wellbeing. If you have little social contact with others, social contact can be provided through the Community Support Hub by calling 023 8083 4800.

Where to get support for your mental health and wellbeing:

  • For urgent mental health support, you can call NHS 111, for the Mental Health Triage Service. If you feel there is an immediate danger to yourself or others, always call 999 
  • Solent Mind has a Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Helpline for anyone who is experiencing poor mental health or wellbeing challenges as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic: 023 8017 9049, M-F, 10am-4pm
  • If you're experiencing mental or emotional distress, The Lighthouse currently offers an SMS service for those over 18. Text ‘lighthouse’ and your postcode (for example LIGHTHOUSE SO14 0YG) to the Solent Mind text line number (07451276010) between 4.30pm and 12am. One of the team will then contact them via telephone, email, webchat or text. See the Solent Mind website for more information 
  • Samaritans has a free to call service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, if you want to talk to someone in confidence. Call them on 116 123 
  • Southampton's IAPT service, Steps to Wellbeing continues to accept new referrals and deliver psychological treatments to individuals across the city. All clinical activity is being delivered remotely either online, telephone or video conferencing and they continue to offer individual cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), counselling, and computerised CBT packages. In response to Covid-19, Steps to Wellbeing have developed a Coping with Covid Anxiety Webinar, which patients can access following self-referral to the service and assessment. Useful resources and videos are also available on the Steps to Wellbeing website. You can self-refer by using the online referral form via the website or by phone on 023 8027 2000 
  • No Limits offers free independent and confidential advice and support to children and young people in Southampton, whether it’s through their online webchat service, where young people can discussed their worries with a member of the charity’s team, or the new Zoom support session
  • SO:Linked is an Southampton City Council commissioned service offering community navigation (including mental health). They have adjusted their services in response to Covid and have a set of resources for the community on their website 
  • For advice on coping with your mental wellbeing during the pandemic and self-assessment, NHS and Public Health England offer Every Mind Matters