World Suicide Prevention Day 2023

World Suicide Prevention Day 2023
The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcast
World Suicide Prevention Day 2023

Sep 07 2023 | 00:29:17

Episode 122 September 07, 2023 00:29:17

Show Notes

Welcome to the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing (SEW) podcast!

In this episode, World Suicide Prevention Day 2023, our host Dr. Peter Bagshaw is joined by Sammiie Winter and Steve Rider from Mind in Somerset to discuss what the Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service has done to support them and other people in their time of need, how you can get help and support if you need it and how you can support World Suicide Prevention Day by joining in with this year’s Walk for a Life event.

The SEW podcast is a free weekly show hosted by Dr. Andrew Tresidder, Dr. Peter Bagshaw and Dr. Sarah Coope. In each episode, the doctors discuss a different topic related to mental and emotional wellbeing and often invite expert guests to join them in conversation. The show is aimed at the people of Somerset and beyond; the advice and guidance provided should apply to anybody who needs it, whenever they need it.

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Thank you for listening, see you next time!

Please note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NHS or any other organisation unless expressly stated


Suicide Prevention Tips for Clinicians:

  1. Speak up if you are worried
  2. Respond quickly in a crisis – you could save a life – and in your career, will probably help more people than you will ever know
  3. Offer help. You can visit lots of helpful information


Advice If You Are Struggling:

  • Find reasons to live
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol
  • Make the home safe
  • Take hope - people DO get through this
  • Share your suicidal feelings with someone else
  • Make a Safety Plan - use the Stay Live App, or net


Sources of Help:

  • Reach out to friends and/or family
  • Contact your GP or other Health Professionals
  • Contact the Samaritans – Call 116 123 or email [email protected]
  • Visit your local Accident and Emergency department
  • Call 111 or 999 (if crisis)
  • Call Mindline Somerseton 01823 276892 if you live in Somerset


Walk for a Life 2023 – Somerset Council’s ‘Walk for a Life’ event, aimed at raising awareness of suicide prevention, returns for a second year on Saturday 9 September. This year’s walk starts at Castle House at the Museum of Somerset at 10:30am, and features a walk-through Taunton’s Town Centre, passing through meaningful locations to commemorate those impacted by suicide within the County.


Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service - 0300 330 5463 - Call us 24/7. Whatever you’re facing, we’ll face it with you. Bereavement by suicide is usually shocking and unexpected. This can increase the level of distress and trauma experienced by the bereaved. The grieving process is often more challenging to navigate than other types of bereavement. We are a specialised project to help you and your loved ones through this difficult time.


Open MH - If you are an adult living in Somerset and experiencing difficulties with your mental health, we are here to help. Open Mental Health offers support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that anyone struggling with poor mental health can access the right support at the right time.

If you need to speak to someone please contact our team at Mindline Somerset any time of the day, any day of the week locally on 01823 276892 or freephone 0800 138 1692. Or email [email protected] for support


Somerset Emotional Wellbeing – Do you work or volunteer in health and care in Somerset? Whatever you are going through, the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Colleague Resilience Hub is here for you. The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing website is here to connect you with wellbeing support when you need it. Simply enter where you work, or how you are feeling on our homepage to discover and connect with local and national support options that are open to you. 

If you work or volunteer in health and care in Somerset and need to talk, you can call our dedicated, confidential Colleague Telephone Line for help with a trained professional. If you need further support after your initial conversation you can be referred for a one-off rapid access counselling session with a psychologist or counsellor. No waiting list. If you need further help we will make sure you see the right person. Call us now on 0300 124 5595 (available six days a week, from 09:00 to 17:00)

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