To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday 10 September, Horsham District Council has teamed up with the local Samaritans to organise various support activities throughout the week.
The theme for this year is ‘Working together to prevent suicide’ and encourages people feeling distressed or anxious to talk to friends and family or to call the Samaritans.
On Tuesday 10 September a small gazebo will be outside RSA in Horsham from 11am – 12noon. The Samaritans and Horsham Neighbourhood Wardens will be there to hand out packs containing a teabag, coaster and information leaflet – to encourage people to sit and have a chat over a cup of tea. Horsham District Council’s Health & Wellbeing staff will also be available for private one-to-one conversations and to provide mental health advice.
The Billingshurst Wardens will have a stand in Billingshurst Community Centre from 12noon – 2pm to hand out the information packs and talk to anyone who is in need of support.
On Wednesday 11 September the Steyning, Bramber & Upper Beeding Wardens will be in Upper Beeding Hub from 10am to 12noon to give out information and signpost anyone who needs advice.
On Thursday 12 September the gazebo and stall will be set up in Horsham Carfax from 11am – 12noon to reach people visiting the market. The Samaritans and Horsham Neighbourhood Wardens will be there to hand out the information packs and offer advice.
All Neighbourhood Warden teams will be distributing the information packs in their local areas throughout the week.
Cllr Tricia Youtan, Cabinet Member for Community Matters and Wellbeing, said: “Something as simple as talking over a cup of tea or coffee can help someone who is in distress and I am really pleased that Horsham District Council, and especially the Neighbourhood Wardens, are helping the Samaritans to share information to help prevent suicide.”
Anyone unable to attend a community briefing can find further information and support at www.nhs.uk/conditions/suicide or call the Samaritans on their Freephone number 116 123.