Learn how you could save a life this World Mental Health Day
3 October 2019
The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention, and residents are being encouraged to take the Zero Suicide Alliance’s free online suicide prevention training to help them identify warning signs and feel comfortable having conversations about suicide.
More than 12 people a week take their own life in London, and this 20-minute training could make all the difference to someone in need.
It was launched just one month before World Mental Health Day which falls on 10 October each year. Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day for people to show their support for better mental health and start looking after their wellbeing.
Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Culture and Leisure Cllr Krupesh Hirani, said:
“Every suicide is a tragedy and can be prevented if people are given the right help. This training is key to helping people recognise when someone may be feeling this way, and it equips people with the tools to know what to do to support them.”
To take the training, please visit the Zero Suicide Alliance website.
As well as this, there are a number of other ways residents can get involved with World Mental Health Day.
For example, on 10 October, residents can visit The Atrium in Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ between 11am-2.30pm to have a chat with a few of the council’s health representatives about the mental health support available and pick up some useful information about mental wellbeing.
In addition, Hestia, Ashford Place and Brent CCG are hosting an event at Brent Hub Community Enterprise Centre, Stonebridge, NW10 8BN for a free afternoon of wellbeing activities, workshops, discussions, health talks, food and fun between 1.30-4.30pm. To attend, just book your place through Eventbrite.