Check-In mental health and suicide prevention campaign

04 February 2021

Check-In mental health and suicide prevention campaign

Our Check-In mental health and suicide prevention campaign was launched on Time to Talk Day (4 February 2021).

We have joined more than 160 organisations across the region to take part in the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership-led campaign which aims to promote a wellbeing culture by normalising the conversation around mental health and suicide.

In England there were 5,316 confirmed deaths to suicide in 2019, this is an average of 102 people dying every week. Suicide is the biggest killer of people under the age of 35 and the biggest killer of men under the age of 50.

COVID-19 has added unprecedented pressures to everyone’s lives and whether colleagues and volunteers have previously experienced mental health concerns or not, we’re taking the step now to invite everyone to initiate wellbeing conversations.

Our aim is to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and to eliminate judgement. We want suicide prevention and mental health to become part of everyday workplace conversations.

Check-in not only aims to bring staff together to improve mental health and tackle suicide but also provides training and support at staffcheck-in.co.uk. Through this website, colleagues, partners and volunteers have access to tools and resources aimed at supporting them with their own mental wellbeing or enabling them to support a colleague with theirs.

We’re also asking everyone in our organisation to take the Zero Suicide Alliance 20-minute training which provides a better understanding of the signs to look out for and the skills we all need to approach someone who is struggling.

Produced by: Corporate Communication Department