This is the second post in my series looking at different campaigns and Charities linked to mental health. The aim is to showcase the good work that is going on in the mental health community. For other posts in the series look here. In this post I will be looking at the STOP Suicide Cambridge campaign and talking about what they do.
What is STOP Suicide Cambridge?
STOP Suicide Cambridge is a campaign led by two charities; Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind) and Lifecraft. It is supported by the local NHS and Public Health teams. It is a suicide prevention campaign that started life as an NHS England funded pilot but is now continuing via other funding. The idea is to empower groups and individuals across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to stop suicide. However the campaign is spreading wider via social media.
How does STOP Suicide Cambridge work?
STOP Suicide Cambridge aims to help prevent suicides by making people aware of the warning signs of suicide, getting people to ask directly about suicide and helping those who feel suicidal to stay safe. It uses people called campaign makers to spread its message and to encourage people to take the STOP Suicide pledge.
The STOP Suicide pledge can be taken by groups or individuals and aims to get people to make a commitment to themselves and members of their community to talk more openly about suicide and help those in distress. The personal pledge can be seen below.
The campaign also aims to make people more aware of the warning signs and how subtle they can be in order to prevent suicide. Suicide in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough caused close to twice the number of deaths that are caused by road accidents in the area. The campaign wants people to ask the question “are you feeling suicidal?” if they are concerned about someone. They want people to be aware that asking the question won’t put the idea of suicide in someone’s mind but it may save their life.
If you want to find out more about the campaign, or to become a campaign maker, or wish to take the STOP Suicide pledge you can do this on the website stopsuicidepledge.org. The campaign also has links on social media with Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.