Barnsley’s Mental Health Partnership commits to a zero suicide ambition

This week, Barnsley’s Mental Health Partnership has publicly committed to a zero suicide ambition. This is a bold and ambitious pledge, which drives forward partnership working and bold and innovative approaches to improve Barnsley residents’ mental health and wellbeing.  

Barnsley’s Mental Health Partnership is an alliance of people and organisations across the borough focused on improving people’s mental health; this includes support for people contemplating suicide. We want to instil hope into individuals and communities that suicide is preventable and tackle the stigma associated with poor mental health. We also want to ensure people know where to go for help when they need it.

If you want to play your part in Barnsley’s zero suicide ambition, you can complete free training from the Zero Suicide Alliance. They have training on social isolation and suicide awareness.  

Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health at Barnsley Council, said: “Suicide is not inevitable or unavoidable and the impact of this is complex, and the effects are profound; not only on the family and friends of the person who has died but also on the wider community. This is why we are committed to working with partners and commissioning services in the borough to provide support.” 

Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health for Barnsley, said: “Locally, we have a well-established and evidence-based suicide prevention plan in place. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and we recognise that we need to continue striving to be bold and innovative in our approaches to improving the population’s mental health and wellbeing.

“This zero suicide ambition is a key part of this, by ensuring people and organisations in Barnsley are committed to preventing deaths by suicide in the borough, so people can achieve their potential and lead better, healthier lives.” 

There’s lots of support available if you’re struggling with your mental health. You can find more information on our mental health and suicide prevention webpage or call: 

  • NHS: 999 or 111
  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • 24-hour mental health helpline: 0800 183 0558

If you’ve been affected or bereaved by suicide, contact Amparo The Listening Ear on 0330 088 9255 or SOBS on 0300 111 5065.

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