Southern Health NHS raised awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day.

World Suicide Prevention Day was Sunday, September 10, and each year Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust uses this day to help raise awareness of the help and support available.

Southern Health NHS has been sharing case studies from people with lived experience of suicide and publicising 'Life Cards'.

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Life Cards are cards created to make sure that people have quick access to organisations, apps and resources that can offer them help and support if they or a loved one is experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Life cards signpost to key organisations that offer advice, help and support to people who are having suicidal thoughts or to someone who is worried about someone they know having suicidal thoughts.

They also link to Southern Health NHS webpage via the URL and QR code that lists organisations on the card and signposts to local help and support in Hampshire. All organisations on the life cards are approved by Grassroots suicidal prevention charity.

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The cards are credit card-sized so they can discreetly fit in your wallets, phone pouches, card holder’s pockets or bags. This means that people can have direct access to advice, help and support when they need it.  They have been created with the input and feedback of over 100 people with lived experience as well as clinical and non-clinical staff.

The front of the card is simple and just mentions ‘Life Card’ so it is discreet– it does not mention suicide so it can be put face up in wallets, card holders or phone pouches.

Southern Health NHS are working alongside Hampshire County Council and Southampton City Council to display suicide prevention visuals across Hampshire and Southampton on digital screens including billboards and bus shelter screens, which have been live on bus shelter screens from September 4 to September 29.