We are encouraging people to talk in support of World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday, September 10th.

An estimated 18 people a day in the UK take their own life and for every suicide there are likely 20 other people making a suicide attempt, and many more have thoughts of serious self-harm.

Across Lancashire and South Cumbria, figures have revealed that those most at risk of taking their own lives are men aged between 45 and 49, and women aged 45 to 54.

Chris Oliver, Deputy Chief Executive Officer said:

"For us it’s really important that we recognise this day to raise awareness of the issue because quite simply, anyone taking their own life is one too many.

As a Trust we are encouraging people to talk if they are struggling with their mental health and feeling at risk of suicide or serious self-harm. We, as well as many other services and charities, are here for you and will support you.

People who have felt suicidal will often say what a huge relief it is to talk about what they were experiencing.

If someone tells you that they are having suicidal thoughts, always take them seriously. If you feel able to, listen to them and please remember support is available including our 24 hour mental health crisis line."

World Suicide Prevention Day was established in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in conjunction with the World Health Organization and is held on 10th September each year.

This dedicated day focuses attention on the issue, reduces stigma and raises awareness among organisations, government, and the public, giving a singular message that suicide can be prevented.

Mental health support is available across Lancashire and South Cumbria and is accessible for everybody. You can call the Crisis Line on 0800 953 0110 which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.