5th September 2023

Suicide Awareness Week – 4th-10th September 2023

Maldon District Council Offices will be lit in green to encourage people to talk about preventing suicide.

From the 4th to the 10 September, organisations, people and communities across Essex and Hertfordshire are lighting up buildings and landmarks green, as part of the ‘Creating hope through light’ event for World Suicide Prevention Day.

The ‘Creating hope through light’ week-long event, hopes to raise awareness of suicide prevention and challenge Essex and Herts residents to take the FREE suicide prevention training, which can be accessed on www.letstalkaboutsuicide.co.uk.

It’s a joint initiative from Mid and South Essex and West Essex and Hertfordshire Integrated Care Boards and Thurrock and Brentwood Mind as part of their #LetsTalkAboutSuicide campaign.  It’s aimed at reducing the stigma around talking about suicide and encourages people to take the free online suicide prevention training, as well as highlight the other mental health resources available in Essex and Hertfordshire.

The suicide prevention training focuses on three key elements See, Say, Signpost.  See the problem, Say the words, Signpost to support and it gives people the knowledge and the confidence to talk to someone who might be at risk of or thinking about suicide.

People can also take part by joining the social media campaign on #CreatingHopeThroughLight, as well as upload personal messages and videos using the campaign resources available on www.letstalkaboutsuicide.co.uk   You can also follow the campaigns on Instagram @talksuicideessex, Twitter @talksuicidesx and Facebook @letstalkaboutsuicideessex.