As your local wellbeing organisation we are supporting two campaigns designed to raise awareness of how good mental health is important for everyone and how we can be there for one another.
Step Up is the first campaign. This is a free online training module provided by the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) which focuses on supporting people who may be encountering mental health issues as the pandemic plays out. The move comes as the UK records a marked rise in coronavirus cases with 3,000 new infections being confirmed this week – the highest daily rise since May.
The ZSA’s new Step Up module – developed and released in time for today’s World Suicide Prevention Day – gives people the skills required to identify and reach out to someone whose mental health may be suffering.
A spokesman for the ZSA added: “We’re delighted so many organisations are backing our national campaign to get the country trained in suicide prevention. It’s only by talking to each other that we can really get help to those that need it and signpost them to the right services.”
As part of this campaign to get as many people trained as possible, the ZSA is also running a month-long ZSA Big Brew (10 September – 10 October) to encourage people to get in touch – virtually or over a socially-distanced beverage with a friend, colleague or relative – and take time to ask how the other person is doing, share thoughts, feelings, concerns and let them know that they are not alone.
Sefton in Mind is the second campaign Living Well Sefton is also supporting. The launch today of this year’s local campaign coincides with the release of an updated version of Stay Alive, the suicide prevention resource app.
The free app gives people the tools to start a conversation about mental health and is designed to help both those who are having suicidal thoughts and those who are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.
Sefton residents are being encouraged to download, use and share the Stay Alive app – developed by charity Grassroots – which is available free on iOS and Android devices.
Throughout the next 30 days Sefton in Mind will be highlighting what support is available locally in Sefton which can play a big part in improving your wellbeing.
In addition to the Stay Alive app, a new 24/7 helpline – 0151 296 7200 – has been launched across Cheshire & Merseyside to help people struggling with their mental health.