BLOG: Things can only get better

9th June 2021

An inspirational personal story of recovery from attempted suicide by a local service user, with an incredible message of hope. I remember having my first suicidal thoughts when I was around 12 years old. I didn’t have the best upbringing which left me unable to voice how I felt. After many years of silence I […]

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BLOG: Getting out of negative thinking isn’t easy, but there are ways to help yourself

12th March 2021

In the first of our real lived experience blogs, Aidan shares his story about struggling with his wellbeing after his life was turned upside down by the pandemic. Young people and students have been severely impacted by lockdown restrictions and many will have had well-laid plans snatched away from them. Those who have been finding […]

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Animations launched to support people struggling to cope during the pandemic

5th February 2021

A series of animations have been released encouraging people to look after themselves, others and to get help early if they are struggling during the pandemic. During these difficult and stressful times, it is crucial that people look after their mental health and wellbeing. Mental ill-health, isolation, poverty and experiences of trauma are all risk […]

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Applications welcomed for the NSPA Lived Experience Network Influencer Programme

21st December 2020

The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) launched a national network of people with lived experience of suicide in 2020. Now the NSPA, in collaboration with the North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network, are seeking residents of the North East and North Cumbria to join their Influencer programme, and join the NSPA’s existing network. […]

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New report published on the impact of suicide bereavement in the UK

19th November 2020

A new study has been published which reveals over a third of those bereaved by suicide considered taking their own life, highlighting their acute need for more support. The team led by Dr Sharon McDonnell at The University of Manchester, in collaboration with the Support After Suicide Partnership, conducted the largest ever survey on the […]

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10 things we’ve learned about looking after your mental health during lockdown

During the national lockdown which was in place in the first half of this year to ‘flatten the curve’ and stop the spread of COVID-19, many people struggled with its impact on their mental health. As we are living with a second national lockdown, you might be worried about how you and those you love […]

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Join the national Lived Experience Network

24th September 2020

You may be aware that the Network is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance, alongside over 700 other organisations and individuals in England who care about suicide prevention and are willing to take action to reduce suicide and support those affected by suicide. NSPA have recently announced the launch of their Lived Experience […]

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Free suicide prevention training to be rolled out

4th September 2020

Two new initiatives are being launched by the Network this Autumn to support suicide prevention activity in workplaces and communities. One of which is our innovative Suicide Prevention Resource Box, and we are thrilled to also be able to offer Connecting with People suicide and self-harm prevention training across the region. 4 Mental Health’s Connecting […]

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Launch of Suicide Prevention Resource Boxes across region

To help more people have access to information and resources about how to manage our mental health and wellbeing and find out where to get help, we have developed Suicide Prevention Resource Boxes to be held in places where members of the public and vulnerable people may need to access information for themselves or others. […]

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Supporting World Suicide Prevention Day 10th September 2020

Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on 10th September, we have pulled together a campaign toolkit to help organisations across the region get behind this important day: The document available to download contains key facts about suicide prevention, how to promote WSPD responsibly, a plan of suggested social media posts, and template wording for […]

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