Health and care partners in Lancashire and South Cumbria have launched next phase of their suicide prevention campaign, encouraging residents to keep talking throughout the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Although, the first phase of ‘Let’s Keep Talking’ campaign saw more people reaching out to local and national services for help, local health and care partnerships remain concerned that people’s mental health will continue to be adversely affected during the uncertain times ahead as the pandemic continues.
Organisations from the health and care sector worked together during the early stages of lockdown, to share campaign messages, encouraging people to talk to friends and family to cope with stress, anxiety, and social isolation – and to signpost people to mental health support.
As with the earlier campaign, the four main categories for the second phase are:
- Young people and older teenagers.
- Parents who are juggling home working and limited childcare.
- Men who have been furloughed, made redundant or who are self-employed.
- Older and vulnerable people getting used to the new normal.
Dr Rakesh Sharma clinical lead at Pennine Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups said
“Many people have struggled with lockdown and life may still be difficult to navigate as we return to a new normal.
“As the pandemic continues, this is creating even more uncertainty. People are now faced with continued pressures and challenges and this is all having an impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
“Mental health and suicide are a growing concern in Lancashire and across the country as a whole. In an attempt to eradicate suicide, Blackburn with Darwen Council and Lancashire County Council have been supporting Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria’s ‘Let’s Talk to Prevent Male Suicide’ campaign: https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/MaleSuicide
“Now more than ever before it is extremely important for people to have sufficient emotional support and reach out to their friends and family. People need to know, if that’s not an option, not to worry there are many organisations out there who are ready to offer a listening ear and provide support.”
“I strongly advise anyone who is struggling, to please call Samaritans on 116123 or any of the organisations we have listed on our website:
“If you prefer not to speak to anyone over the telephone, Togetherall, previously known as Big White Wall, offers online support around the clock 24/7 at https://togetherall.com/en-gb/ “