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Suicide prevention campaign steps up a gear to encourage talking to save lives through Covid-Christmas time

Suicide prevention campaign steps up a gear to encourage talking to save lives through Covid-Christmas time

Residents are being encouraged to talk to friends and family members, helplines and debt support services on the run-up to Christmas this year.

As the second national coronavirus lockdown comes to an end, and people take stock of their finances on the approach to the festive season, the next phase of the Let’s Keep Talking campaign has been launched.

People furloughed, unemployed or coping with a drop in self-employed work are being asked to start a conversation with loved ones, or reach out to telephone counselling services to address their problems, take practical steps, and get help with their mental health.

The first two phases of the Let’s Keep Talking campaign saw more people than ever reaching out to local and national services for help as they battled the effects of the pandemic.

In East Lancashire, residents can access support at www.togetherall.com , a service which has been commissioned locally and is available 24/7.

Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS Mental Health Deputy Director, Paul Hopley said: “I cannot overstate how important it is for people to keep talking to one another on the run up to Christmas. This can be a very difficult time for a lot of people, who have already had a challenging year.

The pandemic is not going away soon, so by talking on the phone or by video message to others, we can share the load. There is always someone to talk to, and there are many organisations out there ready to offer a listening ear.

Anyone struggling should call Samaritans on 116123, the National Debtline on 0808 808 4000, or any of the organisations we have listed on our website www.healthierlsc.co.uk/MentalHealthSupport”