Derby City Council is joining the NHS, local charities and organisations in supporting World Suicide Prevention Day.

World Suicide Prevention Day is held on 10th September each year. This year’s theme is ‘Take a minute, change a life’.

Did you know:

  • 73 people living in Derbyshire took their life in in 2016
  • 3/4 of these were men
  • 40-49 age group had the highest rate of deaths
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK

Last year the world’s biggest World Suicide Prevention Day event was held at the Derby County v Newcastle United match. This year two events are being held in Derbyshire to mark the day, one at Pride Park Stadium in Derby on Friday 8th September and another at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield which was held on Saturday 2nd September.

At both football matches, awareness will be raised about suicide prevention amongst arriving fans. The events are being delivered in partnership with Derby County FC, Chesterfield FC, Samaritans, Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and East Midlands Trains/Network Rail.

There will be things to engage fans such as football shooting, Oz box and haircuts (Lions Barber Collective) as well as handing out resources and the offer of expert support for those who may need it.

On the day volunteers will be helping and taking part by:

  • Handing out information leaflets
  • Talking to match-goers about improving wellbeing and mental health
  • Encouraging participation from match-goers
  • Helping set-up and run the stalls and activities

Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Care says:

“Talking about mental health and suicide in particular can be difficult. These events are a superb opportunity to bring this conversation out of the dark and put it at the forefront of people’s minds. I’d encourage people to get involved with the events, either as volunteers or by visiting on the day.”

When and where:

Saturday 2nd September

Chesterfield v Coventry City

3pm KO, but we’ll be meeting at 1pm

Friday 8th September

Derby County v Hull City

7.45pm KO, but we’ll be meeting at 5.45pm

Dr Allan Johnston, Consultant Psychiatrist at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said:

The statistics around suicide are pretty stark: someone dies as a result of suicide every 90 minutes. That’s why it’s so important that we all take a minute to check in with our friends and ask, “Are you ok?

Men are three times more likely to take their own life than women, so it’s especially appropriate that we reach out to men in our community for this annual event.

We want to encourage as many people as possible to get help if they are struggling and to urge their friends and loved ones to do the same.”

If you, or someone you know, are feeling suicidal, there are several things that you can do:

  • speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust
  • call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123
  • go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
  • contact NHS 111
  • make an urgent appointment to see your GP