Cheshire & Merseyside has been officially awarded Suicide-Safer Community status by Living Works, a world leader in suicide prevention and training.
This award is symbolic of the fantastic leadership and hard work of colleagues and partners from across Cheshire & Merseyside over the last five years, implementing the NO MORE Suicide Strategy together.
To be recognised as a Suicide-Safer Community means fulfilling ten main pillars of community action, including training, suicide bereavement, leadership and mental health promotion. These pillars are associated with most national suicide prevention strategies. Communities can assess their progression and current strengths, as well as areas for growth and improvement, as they work within their own national and local frameworks to become safer from suicide.
There is still much more to be done in order to continue pursuing our ultimate zero suicide ambition but this award signals great progress.
Sue Forster, Chair of the Cheshire & Merseyside NO MORE Suicide Partnership Board and Director of Public Health for St Helens said:
“So many people have contributed towards this prestigious accolade. I am grateful for their dedication and support. We truly have a fantastic partnership approach to suicide prevention and have achieved many things from training to awareness raising campaigns and supporting those bereaved by suicide."
Louise Gittins, lead elected member for Suicide Prevention in Cheshire & Merseyside and Leader of Cheshire West & Chester Council added:
“I am delighted to hear that Cheshire & Merseyside have received this award. I have been so impressed with the work that has been carried out to prevent suicide in our area and have seen the dedication and commitment of the Board, operational groups and partners throughout Cheshire & Merseyside. I look forward to working with colleagues in the future on this important public health issue.”