Published on: 10th July 2019

A new suicide prevention campaign has launched in Salford to raise awareness that one in four construction workers have considered taking their own life.

The risk of suicide in the construction and building trades is 1.6 times higher compared to other lines of work and, with more than 1,400 construction workers taking their own lives between 2011 and 2015, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is running the social media campaign on behalf of Salford’s Suicide Prevention Partnership to breakdown the stigma of suicide.

#SupportYourWorkMate encourages people to talk more openly about their mental health and suicide. It also encourages construction workers to look out for their colleagues who may be feeling down, worried or anxious and to signpost those struggling to access local and national support services.

Dr Tom Tasker, chair of Salford CCG, said: “Everyone enjoys having a laugh at work with colleagues but, if someone is struggling, ‘banter’ may make them feel worse. Silence helps suicidal feelings grow so we hope this campaign raises awareness that just talking to someone could be all it takes to prevent a tragedy.”

The campaign links to Greater Manchester’s suicide prevention campaign, ‘Shining a light on suicide’. More information about this campaign is available here: www.shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk

You don’t have to be a health professional to be a life saver. Take just 20 minutes out of your day to take part in the free ‘Save a Life’ training, which is available here: www.shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk/suicide-prevention-training

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