Creating Hope through Light
Buildings and other sites across Essex are being lit up to support a new campaign that aims to help prevent suicides in the county.
The 'Creating Hope through Light' campaign is being run by Thurrock and Brentwood Mind and aims to reduce the stigma around talking about suicide and raise awareness of suicide prevention training.
Buildings and landmarks across Essex will be lighting up green (the colour for suicide prevention) between 6 -12 December to show their support. Many will also be providing information and details of helplines for people who may be in crisis themselves.
In Uttlesford, Walden Castle will be turning green every evening for a week as part of the campaign.
"This year's World Suicide Prevention Day theme was 'Creating Hope Through Action' and that is exactly what we would like to do this Christmas.
"The campaign idea is to create beacons of hope across the patch that will provide areas for people to take a moment of reflection for themselves, to think about someone they've lost, and at some locations even write messages of love and hope to others."
A new website, #TALKSUICIDEESSEX, will offer the people and businesses of Essex free suicide prevention training, highlighting how to spot the signs of someone who may be in crisis and then signpost them to support.
#letstalkaboutsuicideessex is a suicide prevention campaign for Essex Thurrock and Southend. No single organisation can do this alone so the NHS, local councils and other health and care organisations across mid and south Essex are all behind this campaign that seeks to reduce the stigma around talking about suicide and raise awareness of suicide prevention training.
Businesses can take the free 20 minute training session on how to spot the signs of someone who maybe suicidal and how to talk to them about it.
6 December 2021