LB Hounslow supporting suicide prevention initiative

Image above: Baton Of Hope; LB Hounslow

Suicide prevention conference to take place at Brentford FC

Hounslow Council is lending its support to a nationwide initiative called the Baton Of Hope Tour, which aims to raise awareness about suicide prevention. The tour, currently en route to London from Glasgow, is set to become the largest suicide awareness and prevention campaign ever seen in the UK. By initiating conversations on this challenging topic, the organisers hope to save lives.

The Baton Of Hope Tour will conclude its journey at the Houses of Parliament on 6 July. In conjunction with this momentous occasion, Hounslow Council has collaborated with the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and West London NHS Wellbeing and Recovery College to host a special suicide prevention conference.

The event, to be held at Brentford FC’s Community Stadium Hub, will gather health and care professionals, guests, and speakers to discuss various aspects of suicide, including recognising warning signs, available support for individuals in crisis, and the role each person can play in preventing suicide within the borough.

In the UK, suicide remains the leading cause of death among individuals under 35 years old. Hounslow Council and its partners will leverage this conference to launch Hounslow’s suicide prevention campaign, which revolves around the call to action: ‘Just Say Something’.

The message from Hounslow Council and its partners is simple yet impactful: if you are experiencing crisis or know someone who is, do not suffer in silence – #JustSaySomething. For residents in Hounslow struggling to cope, the Safe Space Helpline offers free and confidential support. This helpline is available to individuals aged 18 and above, operating from 11.00am to 11.00pm daily.

Additionally, Hounslow Council encourages borough residents to undertake the Suicide Awareness Training Course provided by the Zero Suicide Alliance. This 20-minute online course equips individuals with guidance on identifying signs of distress, engaging in conversations, and directing those in need towards appropriate assistance.

For the Safe Space Helpline, call: 020 3475 5185

For more information on suicide awareness and prevention in Hounslow, visit: hounslow.gov.uk/suicide-help

Cllr Samia Chaudhary

“Preventing suicide in Hounslow is everyone’s responsibility”

Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Transformation, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, said:

“Preventing suicide in Hounslow is everyone’s responsibility. By working with a spirit of compassion, we can reach out and offer a helping hand to those people in our borough who are facing difficulties.

“We can all spread awareness about the help that is available. We can all be a listening ear to someone we care about. We can all listen without judgement and let someone know that we are there for them.”

Cllr Chaudhary added:

“There is so much we can all do to break the stigma surrounding suicide simply by speaking out about our mental health and we can all take time to look after our own mental health and wellbeing a little bit more.

“Above all, whether you are facing crisis or you know someone who is, we can all Just Say Something.”