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Friday 25 May 2018
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World Suicide Prevention Day


In 2016, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust launched their Suicide Prevention Strategy to help reduce the risk and incidences of suicide. The strategy sets out aims in line with the Trust’s vision - to make suicide prevention everyone’s business - by raising awareness, working with others and most importantly by listening.

As part of this strategy, the Trust aims are to:

  • Reduce the risk of suicide in key high-risk groups,

  • Tailor approaches to improve mental health in specific groups,

  • Reduce access to means of suicide,

  • Provide better information and support to those bereaved or affected by suicide,

  • Support the media in delivering sensitive approaches to suicide and suicidal behaviour,      

  • Support research, data collection and monitoring,      

  • Build the resilience of local communities to prevent and respond to suicides.

In line with this, the Trust has proudly supported the International Association for Suicide Prevention's World Suicide Prevention Day since 2016, which takes place on September 10th every year. This event aims to raise awareness of suicide - specifically in groups who otherwise may not discuss the topic.

So far, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has supported two events:

  • 2016 WSPD at Derby County FC

  • 2017 WSPD at Derby County FC and Chesterfield FC.

Each WSPD has its own theme that focuses on a specific aspect of suicide prevention, previous themes are:

  • Connect. Communicate. Care (2016)

  • Take a minute, change a life (2017)

For 2018's WSPD, the theme is: Working together to prevent suicide.

On the Day, DHCFT worked along side many partners:


and spoke to fans at football stadiums about suicide and suicidal thoughts. We also handed out cards containing information and contact numbers for suicide support lines.

Contact cards given to fans at DCFC and Chesterfield FC

As part of the day, a survey was given out to gather information from fans regarding their attitudes and experiences of suicide and suicidal thoughts.

2016 and 2017 survey findings summary.

The survey was completed by a total of 371 people. Of these, 37% were aware it was WSPD and 66% had previously had a conversation about suicide.

29% of those asked had experienced suicidal thoughts, in which 38% spoke to a friend or relative about their thoughts, 28% to their GP staff and 37% to mental health staff. 34% spoke to no-one about their suicidal thoughts.

66% felt they would be able to ask someone they knew if they were having suicidal thoughts.

In 2017, 68% of people knew someone who had died by suicide, and 80% felt able to approach a stranger who seemed distressed.

Below are the survey results for each of the years:   



For more information on 2018's World Suicide Prevention Day, please visit: https://iasp.info/wspd2018/ 

or for information on past events, please visit:



World Suicide Prevention Day 2016
DHCFT's Dr Allan Johnston, State of Mind's Jimmy Gittins and local author Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa at WSPD 2016.
WSPD 2017
Dr Allan Johnston with Chesterfield FC's mascot on WSPD 2017
DHCFT's Research Team at WSPD 2016

The Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention research are unable to provide a treatment service or advice for those in crisis. If you are in crisis or feeling suicidal we urge you to seek help from your general practitioner, through a telephone helpline service such as Samaritans (UK telephone number 116 123 FREE from mobile/landline), or by discussing your problems with a friend or colleague. Befrienders Worldwide offers a comprehensive directory of crisis helplines worldwide. We are also not able to discuss individual cases.