Suzanne Sleeth (pictured) became the the area’s first-ever suicide prevention coordinator in October 2018
Never lose hope – that’s our message as we mark World Suicide Prevention Day.
Back in October 2018 Suzanne Sleeth became the area’s first-ever suicide prevention coordinator, based within Northumbria Police, and funded by all six local authorities, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust (CNTW), the NHS and a range of other partners.
Since then, she has been working tirelessly to rid the dangerous and outdated stigma often associated with suicidal thoughts, depression and other conditions.
A large part of her role sees her working closely with If U Care Share, supporting bereaved families who have tragically lost their loved ones as well as grass roots associations to make our region safer for those in crisis.
Recently, Suzanne and her team were instrumental in rolling out scores of mental health first aid kits to public-facing businesses – helping equipping them with bespoke materials and allowing them to reach out to anyone they think is in need.
And today, Suzanne’s message is clear, “If you’re worried that you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out at the earliest opportunity,” she said.
“Anyone of us, no matter who we are, or what our circumstances might be, could suffer poor mental health and there could be any number of reasons behind this.
“It’s important we recognise the importance of our mental health every day– but today, as we mark World Suicide Prevention Day, I would ask people to make an extra effort to reach out anyone they suspect is in need or feeling low. Or take the time to consider your own mental health and reflect on what you need.
“It’s not always easy to seek help, that first step can be the hardest one you take, but the good news is there are so many amazing organisations here the North East who can help you.”
If you need help or support visit:
You can also call 111 which now triages to a dedicated mental support line
Call CALM on 0800 585858
Text Samaritans on 116 123
To request a mental health resource tin for your business email: SuicidePrevention@northumbria.pnn.police.uk