In partnership with Together We’re Better, and the Suicide Prevention Strategic Group, we’ve joined forces to promote the Staffordshire-wide #TalkSuicide campaign.

We are leading a Suicide Prevention Community Champions project across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Our aim is to get more people talking about their mental health and overall prevent suicide across the county of Staffordshire, saving lives.

Community Champions are embedded members of local communities and have an invested interest in working alongside Brighter Futures to raise awareness of suicide prevention and positive emotional wellbeing.

These are people that invest their time working within their local community to share messages of hope, signpost into services and identify community needs. Community Champions positively challenge both myths, language and stigma around suicide.

Our Community Champions are provided with training to assist people who maybe struggling with their mental health or experiencing suicidal thoughts. This includes Mental Health First Aid and Safe Talk Training.

We believe suicide can be prevented through open and direct conversations. We call this approach Real Talk. We want to make it easier for people to talk about suicide and mental health.

We have a range of suicide prevention resources available including a booklet for those at risk of suicide and people who are worried about someone with advise on how to access support. These resources can be made available to anyone in the local community and organisations across Staffordshire.

For more information or to request any literature please contact Sophie Henaughan via phone 07425781931 or email sophie.henaughan@brighter-futures.org.uk.