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On World Suicide Prevention Day, people given help to spot signs someone is struggling and start a conversation.

Could you help save a life?

A short video could help you prevent a suicide.

A series of brief walk-through scenarios have been designed to help people spot signs someone is struggling and start a conversation.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and people all over the country are being asked to visit the site and share the link when they are finished.

In Hull and the wider Yorkshire and Humber area, a number of organisations have teamed up to encourage people to see and share the video and spread the message that we all have the power to help someone experiencing suicidal thoughts.

The video was created by the Zero Suicide Alliance, an organisation that aim is to prevent all suicides by educating people about warning signs and how to help.

In Hull in 2018, there were 27 deaths from suicide – a number that had fallen from 37 in 2016 and 31 in 2017.

Councillor Gwen Lunn, portfolio holder for public health and adult social care, said: “It isn’t overstating matters to say that watching the video and doing the walk-through scenarios could help you save a life. Any of us could experience suicidal thoughts and the right words at the right time could be a lifeline.

“The Zero Suicide Alliance video takes no more than 20 minutes and it is extremely engaging and interactive, so please make the time to watch it. We are all capable of picking up on the signs someone is struggling and offering help. The video gives you the confidence to spot where help is needed and offer it.

“The message is that suicide is preventable. To prevent it, we must be able to talk about it. Please watch the video, get your family and friends to do the same and share it on social media so we reach as many people as possible”.

Take part here.

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