New hope for suicide prevention
To mark World Mental Health Day 2018 Second Step launched a new project called Hope to prevent suicides among men.
The Hope Project will provide short-term emotional and practical support for men, specifically those aged between 30 and 64, who are in psychological distress or have recently self-harmed, but are not currently engaged with other mental health services.
Hope Project manager, Jez Spencer said:
“Our pilot project last year showed that short-term support from a skilled worker who understands the practical and emotional problems of dealing with employment, finances and housing issues can really help. The new Hope Project widens the remit to seek out and support men who may not even think they need help but who are in real trouble.”
Hope worked with Gerry, aged 43, during our pilot project in 2017
“What really helped me was the fact that she [Hope worker] knew what she was talking about and how people feel in these situations and nudging me, that’s sort of what it’s like, it’s kind of allowing me to sort myself out, almost giving you permission to just- ‘cos she knew that I knew what I needed to do, if you know what I’m saying, but she didn’t say that I was lazy for not doing it or anything like that... I’m getting up in the morning and thinking ok, what can I do now? So l think there’s ways we can bring in extra money and there’s also ways that we’ve been spending less, so, that part of it has kind of happened by default, if you know what I mean, like as though there’s a part of me feeling more like a man in myself, these little things have been taking care of themselves in a way.”
The Hope Project team are experienced support workers keen to make a difference and save lives. To find out more or to make a referral and talk to a member of the Hope team, please call:
Facts and statistics
- Bristol has a much higher suicide rate than the national average.
Debt, austerity and unemployment are estimated to have contributed to an 1,000 extra deaths from suicide and an additional 30,000-40,000 suicide attempts between 2008-2010 following the economic downturn. This reversed previous trends in Britain where suicide rates among men were falling.
62% of suicides are completed by people unknown to mental health services.
- Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire is one of eight national regions allocated funding from a new £25 million national suicide prevention investment by the Department for Health and Social Care, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England, which aims to reduce the national suicide rate by 10% in three years.
Services to help you
- The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Call for free any time, from any phone on 116 123.