Solihull Council and Everyone Active have signed the Solihull Zero Suicide Pledge and are calling on residents and organisations to pledge to join in preventing suicide.
The pledge is part of the Council’s contribution to reduce suicides in the borough as everybody has a role to play in preventing this tragedy from happening.
People are being encouraged to make a commitment to look after family, friends and colleagues and take 20 minute online training to spot the warning signs in others and signpost them to help.
Organisations and businesses across the borough are also being asked to make a commitment to look after the wellbeing of their staff and encourage their workforce to sign up to the personal pledge.
With World Suicide Prevention Day coming up on Tuesday 10 September there is no better time to sign up to the pledge at: https://solihull.mylifeportal.co.uk/zerosuicide
Councillor Karen Grinsell, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health explains:
“Suicide is a tragedy for those that take their own life and for their family and friends. It is a preventable death and we can all do something about it.
“We want to achieve zero suicides in Solihull so I encourage people to sign the pledge and join forces with people across the borough to prevent suicide.
“The training gives some great advice on how to approach a simple conversation with someone you’re concerned about - as quite often this can make a real difference.”
Everyone Active manages Tudor Grange Leisure Centre and North Solihull Sports Centre and is actively supporting the pledge within their organisation.
Julia Reeves, Active Communities Manager at Everyone Active, said: “At Everyone Active, we strive to support people to live a healthy and active lifestyle, both physically and mentally.
"Therefore, we are proud to support the Zero Suicide Pledge and encourage our colleagues to sign-up to the individual pledges, as well as undertake the training available to spot the warning signs and understand how they can help.
“While this is a difficult issue to discuss, we want to empower our colleagues to take an active part in looking after each other and their family and friends too.”