Trust raising mental health awareness

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The Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) has launched a calendar of events to promote mental health and raise awareness about suicide prevention.

The WHSCT has organised the events to coincide with both World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and World Mental Health Day (October 10).

Yvonne McWhirter, Adult Mental Health and Disability Services for the Western Trust is fully supportive of these initiatives being highlighted in the calendar of events and said: “This calendar details a number of training and awareness events between World Suicide Prevention Day and World Mental Health Day and both are key dates in the mental health calendar. It is important to promote positive mental wellbeing for everyone and so activities which focus our attention on positive mental health are essential.”

Marie Dunne, Assistant Manager at the Trust’s Health Improvement Department, commented: “The Trust recognises the importance of promoting positive mental health messages through a range of activities highlighted on the Calendar of Events. It is vital that those living within the Western Trust area are aware of relevant mental health and suicide prevention training, initiatives and programmes which they can access locally. Suicide is everyone’s business and there is a shared responsibility to do all we can to prevent it.”

Copies of the calendar of events are available on our Western Trust’s website on: www.westerntrust.hscni.net

If you are in distress counsellors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Lifeline (0808 808 8000).