Suicide prevention & looking out for mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak
It’s understandable that many people may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, distress and concern during the coronavirus outbreak (COVID 19) – with so much uncertainty in the air, it’s important to acknowledge that these feelings are valid, and that it’s OK that you’re experiencing them.
We can all play a role in suicide prevention, now more than ever, it’s important to reach out to friends and loved ones, take steps to look after our own mental wellbeing, keep each other and yourself safe from suicide and if you’re worried about someone, just ask them the question. It’s #OK2ASK
Here’s our advice for self-care and looking out for others during times of uncertainty:
- Stay connected during social distancing
- Triggering situations
- Signs of suicide online
- Digital Resources for self-care
- Government advice around mental wellbeing
- Cheshire and Merseyside 24 hour mental health helplines
- Bereavement Information and Support
What you can do to help someone you are worried about?
- Be direct and explain the reasons why you are worried about them.
- Tell them to contact Samaritans on 116 123 – you can even contact Samaritans on their behalf confidentially and Samaritans will reach out to them.
IMPORTANT: If someone's life is in danger - for example they have seriously harmed themselves or taken a drug overdose - call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E (the closest to St Helens is Whiston Hospital)
Coping tools and resources for suicidal thoughts
- I’m having thoughts of suicide
- I’ve tried to act out suicide before
- If you’re experiencing emotional distress, contact someone for help, here's our list of local and national support services
- How to ask the question
Stay safe, look after eachother and Be #KindToYourMind to others
North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have a 24hr Mental Health Crisis Line for St Helens, Knowsley, Warrington and Halton: FREEPHONE: 0800 051 1508