World Suicide Prevention Day falls on Monday 10 September, and during September City of York Council will hold two events to bring people and organisations across the city together to reflect and work together to prevent suicides.
On Saturday 8 September at 3pm, All Saint’s Church, Pavement, will host a service of reflection for those who have been lost to suicide. The event is open to all who have been bereaved or affected by suicide, regardless of faith or non faith.
On Thursday 20 September, York will host a suicide prevention conference at York Sports Club, Shipton Road. As well as a range of workshops there will be a number of presentations from people who have been affected. Topics will include personal experiences, clinical expertise, support for the bereaved and the council’s draft suicide prevention strategy.
Cllr Paul Doughty, Conservative spokesperson for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “York is working hard to coordinate efforts amongst partner agencies and groups to do all it can to help prevent suicides. Events such as these are so important to bring people together to discuss what more we can do.
“The city’s first service of reflection for those lost to suicide was held last year. It was an event full of meaning and shared fellowship, and everyone is welcome regardless of faith or non faith.
“The suicide prevention conference at York Sports Club will be a forum for those affected by suicide and for organisations who work with those affected to share both clinical knowledge and personal experience to help make York a safer place for those who are potentially vulnerable to suicide. Both events are a chance for residents to reflect, to learn and to meet others who have also been affected, which I think will be incredibly valuable.”