As the UK marks Suicide Prevention Day, health professionals in North Tyneside are highlighting a local service to help those bereaved by suicide or suspected suicide.
Commissioned by NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, and provided by registered charity If U Care Share Foundation, the service aims to provide practical and emotional support at a critical time for those affected by suicide or suspected suicide.
Dr Ruth Evans, Clinical Lead for Mental Health at North Tyneside CCG, said:
“Suicide can affect anyone at any time regardless of their social status, age, or background. Its effect can run through entire families and communities in different ways.
“That is why the CCG are providing access to this service for the people of North Tyneside.
“If you have been affected by suicide, please contact If U Care Share. They are there to listen and support you and they can do this because they know how it feels.”
Hannah Neil, Support Manager at If U Care Share Foundation said:
“If U Care Share Foundation understands the loss of a loved one to suicide is like no other death, the physical and emotional impacts are devastating. The effects of this can go out far and wide affecting families and communities in various different ways. The Foundation provides practical and emotional support to those impacted by suspected suicide.
“We can’t take away pain, anger or sorrow. We can however share our own experiences of losing a loved one to suicide. This can be done at a time and via a method you feel most comfortable with. We can offer telephone, email and outreach appointments either at home or a mutually convenient venue for the persons affected.”
Help and support is available now if you need it. You do not have to struggle with difficult feelings alone. If you have been affected by suicide, speak to someone at If U Care Share by phoning 0191 387 5661 or go online at https://www.ifucareshare.co.uk for more information.
The service is open for referrals available throughout the following areas; North Tyneside, Newcastle & Gateshead, Northumberland, Sunderland and South Tyneside.
NHS North Tyneside CCG is also supporting the Inside Out Campaign, launched in 2014 to mark Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day. The campaign raises awareness of the importance of talking by bringing what is on the inside, out. Look out for the hashtags #INSIDEOUT and #ASKMEWHY and on social media and get sharing.
On 10 September, If U Care Share Foundation are running their annual Inside Out Campaign which encourages people to wear their clothes inside out on 10th September for Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day, to start conversations and raise awareness around suicide and mental health.
The campaign is simple but the impact can be lifesaving. Simply turn your clothes inside out, post a selfie on social media with the hashtag #ASKMEWHY to start a conversation on this silent killer.