World Suicide Prevention

Today is world suicide prevention day. In healthcare I think we have an important role to play in suicide prevention. Mental health is often linked to physical symptoms and people experiencing high levels of pain can reach the point of despair.

I’ve done a few courses on mental health and suicide prevention and this one was one of the best with some really good video case examples.

There is another good free course available from the Zero Suicide Alliance, a collaboration of NHS trusts, charities and businesses and individuals committed to suicide prevention, this one only takes 20 minutes but could enable you to save a life:

https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/

Sometimes just being able to ask the right questions and offer a listening ear at the right time can make all the difference to prevent suicide.

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