Ask someone if they're #AlrightPal? this World Suicide Prevention Day

Friday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day, and we're continuing the conversation around mental health and wellbeing by speaking with former Barnsley FC favourites Bruce Dyer and Bobby Hassell. 

The pair discuss their experiences around mental health and the changes in attitude towards it in the intense world of sport. Cricketer Ben Stokes, swimmer Adam Peaty and gymnast Simone Biles have recently taken time away from their fields to focus on their mental wellbeing, for example. 

World Suicide Prevention Day aims to raise awareness of suicide and encourage people to feel more comfortable talking about their mental health, breaking down existing stigmas, and making sure people know they aren't alone with their problems. 

Keep an eye on our social media channels at 11am on Friday 10 September for our feature with Bruce and Bobby. Please share the video and message far and wide with your friends and family, so we can really start a conversation this World Suicide Prevention Day. You can watch our World Suicide Prevention Day video on YouTube here, or share the video from Barnsley Council's Facebook or Twitter page.

Along with partners in our commitment to reducing suicide rates, we are committed to supporting and establishing a zero suicide ambition. The zero is not a target but rather a challenge for us to consider and a signal from us that suicide is not inevitable or unavoidable for any of our residents.  

Councillor Jim Andrews, Cabinet spokesperson for Public Health, said: "Suicide and mental health are complex issues, but we are becoming more understanding of them and are making progress in breaking down boundaries and reducing stigma. 

"Small things, like just listening to someone, can make a huge difference. You don't need to have all of the answers. If you notice someone acting out of character or they seem down, taking some time out for them may allow them to open up and seek the support they need. 

"Mental health is just as important as physical health. We want Barnsley to be the place of possibilities, where all our residents can live happy and healthy lives while having access to the right support at the right time for any problems they may face. You can find support by searching 'Barnsley Alright Pal' online."

Plenty of support is available to people who may be struggling with their mental health on the council's Alright Pal webpage at barnsley.gov.uk/AlrightPal, including details about a 24/7 mental health helpline and details of local and national support. Details of the Amparo service, which provides support for anyone affected by suicide, are also on the webpage and national charity SOBS for adults who have been bereaved by suicide. 

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