Barnsley health bosses back “zero suicide” ambition

Health bosses and campaigners have called on Barnsley residents to back the “zero suicide” initiative.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 4:37 pm

Barnsley’s Mental Health Partnership an alliance of organisations across the borough focused on improving people’s mental health, has publicly committed to a zero suicide ambition.

The mental health partnership aims to “instil hope into individuals and communities that suicide is preventable and tackle the stigma associated with poor mental health,” and want to make sure people know where they can access help if needed.

If you want to play your part in Barnsley’s zero suicide ambition, you can complete free training from the Zero Suicide Alliance , on social isolation and suicide awareness.

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Councillor Jim Andrews, cabinet spokesperson for public health at Barnsley Council, said: “Suicide is not inevitable or unavoidable and the impact of this is complex, and the effects are profound; not only on the family and friends of the person who has died but also on the wider community.

“This is why we are committed to working with partners and commissioning services in the borough to provide support.”

Julia Burrows, director of public health for Barnsley, said: “Locally, we have a well-established and evidence-based suicide prevention plan in place.

“This zero suicide ambition is a key part of this, by ensuring people and organisations in Barnsley are committed to preventing deaths by suicide in the borough, so people can achieve their potential and lead better, healthier lives.”

There’s lots of support available if you’re struggling with your mental health. You can find more information on our mental health and suicide prevention webpage or call:

NHS: 999 or 111 Samaritans: 116 123 24-hour mental health helpline: 0800 183 0558

If you’ve been affected or bereaved by suicide, contact Amparo The Listening Ear on 0330 088 9255or SOBS on 0300 111 5065.