On Saturday 7 September people from across York will come together to remember those who died by suicide.
Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, City of York Council and the city’s suicide prevention partnership are inviting people to reflect on loved ones lost to suicide.
Central Methodist Church, St Saviourgate, will host the service of reflection for those who have been lost to suicide. The service, which will begin at 1pm on Saturday 7 September, is open to all who have been bereaved or affected by suicide, of all faiths and none, and will enable people to reflect on those lost to suicide with others who have had similar experiences.
Cllr Carol Runciman, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “Suicide impacts the lives of many friends, families and communities. This service of reflection is open to everyone and will bring people together to remember those lost to suicide.
“This is a very poignant event and emotional support will be on hand for people should they need it on the day or in the future.”
If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, please T A L K
Tell someone what you are thinking and how you are feeling
Ask for their help, or seek help
Listen to their advice or advice from others
Know who to call in a crisis and keep the number with you at all times
Seek help or support with any problems
· Phone the Samaritans 24 hour helpline on 116 123 for confidential non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
· Ring 111 to access mental health services – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
· Contact your general practitioner (GP). If you do not have a GP or do not know your GP’s telephone number contact 111