Walking Out Of Darkness

Paula Ojok

Walk to increase Suicide Prevention at ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ 

Saturday 10 September 2016, Bath / Bristol (World Suicide Prevention Day)

On Saturday 10 September 2016, Helplines Partnership is partnering with Walking Out Of Darkness as part of ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’. We will be helping to highlight the difference we can all make by acknowledging this once unuttered topic by uniting in communicating, educating and increasing awareness around mental health and suicide prevention.

In May, Helplines Partnership also supported ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ in London, Battersea Park. The event was a 10 mile walk focussing on reducing suicides across the UK. Our aim was to raise awareness and the profile of all member helplines and the great support service you provide. The event was a great success, bringing together many communities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cplvnCrgEXo

Registration for the Bath to Bristol event costs £10 and the route starts in Green Park, Bath before heading along the Bath to Bristol cycle pathway and footpath along the river Avon. We hope to be joined by local helplines and others keen to inspire people across the UK. Participants can fundraise for the charity of their choice. Information kiosks will be present at the end of the event to prove details on Mental Health Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention, to share, positive messages from the day.

Suicide in Southwest England has increased according to recent figures released by the Office of National Statistics, with specific increases in females during 2014. Numerous organisations and services, including the NHS and local charities, are working to reduce future suicides by working closer with local communities, businesses and the public.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and ONS found of the 6,233 people who completed suicide in 2014, over 70% were not known to mental health services or the NHS and suffered in silence, due to the stigma surrounding mental illness. Mental illness and Suicide touches everyone in every walk of life including businesses with the World Health Organisation stating that every completed suicide by someone of ‘working age’ has an overall cost to the UK economy exceeding £1.6 million.

Visit to register http://www.claspcharity.com/walkingoutofdarkness.htm and https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-out-of-darkness-bath-and-bristol-2016-tickets-8421347477

On Facebook, people and services can share the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1037905082946649/ and on Twitter, add the hashtag #walkingoutofdarkness

The intention to grow the ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ events nationally in 2017 is strong. Birmingham has been secured for the start of Mental Health Awareness week (May 2017) with two further regions to follow, so watch this space.