See The Signs, Save A Life On Suicide Prevention Day

THE VINE MAGAZINE - LOCAL NEWS: 10th September 2018 is World Suicide Prevention Day and a new mental health campaign to help you 'See The Signs, Save A Life' is being launched across Bedfordshire.

See The Signs, Save A Life On Suicide Prevention Day

See The Signs, Save A Life On Suicide Prevention Day


See The Signs, Save A Life On Suicide Prevention Day

1st Hand Massage Therapy

1st Hand Massage Therapy 1st Hand Massage Therapy Caddington Grove, 175 London Rd, Dunstable, LU6 3DX Call: 07508 271266 Massage Therapy service offering Swedish, Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage. Prices start from £15. Flexible appointments available. Free parking. Please call or email. You can also ...

Read More

Caremark (Aylesbury & Wycombe)

Caremark (Aylesbury & Wycombe) Caremark (Aylesbury & Wycombe) Tel: 01296 641662 Visit our website   Caremark (Aylesbury & Wycombe) is a home care business offering personal care and companionship throughout Buckinghamshire including the villages around Aylesbury, Buckingham and High Wycombe.  We are locally owned and ...

Read More

Dream Doors South Beds

Dream Doors South Beds Dream Doors South Beds The Kitchen Makeover Company New Life For Old Kitchens - From a simple door replacement to a full refit, Dream Doors South Beds can transform your kitchen for a fraction of the cost in ...

Read More

Dormans Photo Imaging Ltd

Dormans Photo 13 Broadwalk, The Quadrant Centre, Dunstable. LU5 4RH Dormans Photo are a family run Photo Lab specialising in Digital and Film processing & printing, Poster prints up to A0 size, and stock a wide variety of frames and albums. We ...

Read More

The Aster Baby Scan Clinic

The Aster Baby Scan Clinic The Aster Baby Scan Clinic Treatment Room 4, Priory View, Church Street, Dunstable, LU5 4FG Tel: 01582 943770     Private consultant-led pregnancy scan clinic that puts our expectant parents first and offer the highest standard pregnancy scans and bespoke antenatal ...

Read More

See the signs, save a life

A mental health campaign to raise awareness about the warning signs when people are thinking of taking their own life is being expanded across Bedfordshire and Luton on World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September).

Local councils, the NHS and charities are working together through the ‘See the Signs, Save a Life’ campaign to help the public to recognise when people they know might be struggling with suicidal thoughts and what action to take to support them.

The initiative is already established in Milton Keynes and is being launched in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton.

Acknowledging that 1 in 5 of us will experience suicidal thoughts some time in their life, the campaign group is offering presentations, training and printed resources to the local community on the signs of suicide risk.

The event on the 10th September (1pm – 5pm), is called Working Together to Prevent Suicide. It is a free community event for community organisations and the public to find out the signs of suicide risk and to share information on how local services are working together to prevent suicide. It will be held at the Forest Centre in Marston Moretaine.

Organised by the Bedfordshire and Luton Suicide Prevention Campaign group, it includes free drop-in sessions, including one for supporting young people specifically, and you can speak to representatives from the Samaritans, MIND BLMK, Public Health teams from the councils, East London Foundation Trust (mental health services), CHUMS Children and Young People Emotional Wellbeing Services, The Forum and Penrose.

The ‘See the signs, save a life’ campaign has been launched to support and expand on the Samaritans national ‘Small Talk Saves Lives’ campaign aimed at empowering the public to act to prevent suicide on the railways.

It focuses on the signs to look out for and what you can do to help. It also encourages the community not to be afraid to ask directly about suicide.

Although some people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts may not show any signs, some of the warning signs might include:

  • Talking or complaining of feelings hopeless and that life is not worth living
  • Talking about feeling trapped, such as saying they can’t see any way out of their current situation
  • Saying that friends and family would be better off without them
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
  • A sudden lift in mood after a period of severe depression
  • Looking into methods or the means to end their own life
  • Putting all their affairs in order, such as sorting out possessions or making a will
  • Saying that they can hear voices telling them to end their own life

If you notice any of these signs in someone then encourage them to talk about their feelings; then direct them towards the different sources of help available like the Samaritans. If you are experiencing these feelings yourself or have serious concerns for someone else, you should seek urgent professional help from your GP or by calling 999.

Dr Marianne Vinson  Public Health Principal, Mental Health and Workplace said: “Suicidal thoughts affect 1 in 5 of us in our lifetime but most people don’t go on to take their life because of a successful intervention; which can start with something as simple as asking someone how they feel. It is important to See the Signs early and take action. There are lots of ways to get help and support and we hope this campaign increases awareness and people’s confidence to raise and discuss this important issue. .”

Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for  Health for Central Bedfordshire Council added: “As communities and individuals, we need to learn to recognise the signs when someone is feeling at their lowest and understand how we can help; it is possible to make a real difference in another person’s life by having the courage to start a conversation.”

A full range of advice and information including how to access a short training course is available by visiting  

You can also contact Bedford Samaritans on: 01234 211211 or Luton, South Beds and Harpenden Samaritans on: 01582 720666


The Vine Dunstable - August September 2018 - Issue 84 COVER

Read the latest issue of The Vine Magazine for your area HERE

Delivered to 30,000 homes in Herts, Beds & Bucks




Local News


Check out coming local events and attractions on our What’s On page

For regular local updates follow The Vine Magazine on Facebook & Twitter

See The Signs, Save A Life On Suicide Prevention Day

See The Signs, Save A Life On Suicide Prevention Day

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *