We will be lighting the Civic Offices in Epping green on Saturday 10 September as part of a campaign to get people talking about suicide prevention.
The ‘Creating Hope through Light’ campaign runs from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 September to raise awareness about ways of preventing suicide and encourage residents across Essex to have open conversations about this sensitive subject.
As part of the campaign, Epping Forest District Council’s (EFDC) Civic Offices will join other buildings and landmarks across Essex including Clacton Pier, Brentwood Town Hall and the Mercury Theatre in Colchester in lighting up in green.
A subject close to my heart
Councillor Mary Sartin, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said:
I am so pleased EFDC is supporting the Light Up campaign again this year and encouraging people to talk openly about a difficult topic. This is a subject close to my heart. It is heartbreaking to lose anyone you love. Suicide is a preventable and avoidable death.
Everyone should feel able to talk about and support someone who is having suicidal thoughts. I urge people to join this campaign, to help raise awareness and support those in need.
See, say, signpost
Free online suicide prevention training.
There is free training available to give people the knowledge and confidence to talk to someone who might be at risk of or thinking about suicide.
There are 3 key elements to the training:
- See the problem
- Say the words
- Signpost to support
If you would like to find out how to get involved visit the Let’s Talk about Suicide Essex website.
Show your support
In Essex alone, in 2019, 111 people took their own life and suicide is the leading cause of death in the UK in men under 50.
You can show your support by joining the campaign on social media. Upload your videos and messages of support by using #CreatingHopeThroughLightEssex.
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