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Mental Health - World Suicide Prevention Day

Health & Wellbeing

Monday, September 9th, 2019 - 33 minutes

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on 10th September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. Suicide claims just under 18 lives a day here in the UK, with 75% of that figure being men. Figures just released reveal that suicide is on the rise again, with suicides in the under 25 age group increasing by 23%. Deaths by suicide rose by 11.8% in the UK in 2018. We have to talk about this more! Kevin is joined by Samantha Kendall, who worked for many years as an ambulance responder and now runs her own business training others to become mental health first aiders. A mental health first aider is a person who has an increased knowledge of mental health illness. Through training, they are taught what signs to look out for. They are often trained to work within their own working environments, whilst doing their day to day job. Sam has lots of experience of finding people that have taken their own lives and uses this experience to help deliver her current training. NOTE: If you would like to talk to anyone regarding issues around either suicide or mental health in general, there is a list of organisations and contact details on the Health & Wellbeing podcast homepage.

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