The NHS, Local Council and the Voluntary Sector in Darlington have announced they are working together on a joint Suicide Prevention Plan, making a commitment to eliminating and preventing suicide amongst those in their care.
The 10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day with an estimated 800,000 people dying globally a year and sadly in Darlington 30 people took their own life between 2012 and 2014.
A Suicide Prevention Plan is currently part of a local consultation with wider organisations across the borough.
Dr Andrea Jones, Chair, NHS Darlington CCG said “There has been too much acceptance in the past that we can only do so much to stop suicide, we are not going to be able to prevent all of these but we can we work together to improve prevention services, provide more support and increase awareness with the aim to eliminate suicide amongst those who are known to our services.”
Miriam Davidson, Director of Public Health at Darlington Borough Council said “Partners are working together on a Darlington Suicide Prevention Plan. We are all committed to working together to understand why people take their own lives and improve how we manage services and support systems. This is part of our overall approach to promoting mental health across all ages.”
Gary Emerson, Chief Executive, Darlington Mind said “When someone takes their own life, the impact is huge on family, friends, work colleagues and those who are impacted by this tragedy. One loss of life is one too many. The tragic ripple effect means that there are many more people who have been bereaved by suicide and this is happening in spite of the fact that it is preventable.”
National charity ‘If U CARE Share Foundation’ supports World Suicide Prevention day with its Inside Out campaign which encourages people to bring what’s on the inside out and show their support by wearing their clothes inside out on the 10th September.