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To mark Suicide Prevention Day and raise awareness of the prevalence of deaths by suicide in the UK, Kingsley Napley is set to host a mental health panel discussion on 10 September 2021.
The panel of expert speakers will include mental health specialists and advocates, and we will all be tuning in to listen and learn.
In hosting the event, the firm’s REACH (Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage) and (Diff)ability networks are joining mental health organisations, companies and communities to highlight aspects of suicide prevention and the issues which continue to affect our mental health.
Panellists will include experts from the Mentoring Advocacy Network, Papyrus and LawCare. The Mentoring Advocacy Network is a project founded to raise awareness of the negative effect a rigid view on masculinity has on men’s mental health. Papyrus is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide in young people in the UK. Their vision is to increase the transparency with which mental health and suicidal thoughts are discussed. LawCare is a charity which promotes and supports mental health and wellbeing in the legal community. We will also hear from an experience phychiatrist who will provide an overview of his work and shed light on some of the common causes of suicide.
Why is this important?
In 2019, across the UK and ROI, more than 6,800 lost their lives to suicide. Within the UK, men aged 45 to 49 still suffer the highest rate of suicides. The UK ethnic minority community has been shown to suffer disproportionately compared to white British people, with MHFA England reporting that common mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, are more common in black and black British women than among any other ethnic groups. The government statisticians also routinely report that suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50, as well as a leading cause of death in young people and new mothers.
On average, 13 people kill themselves every day in the UK, creating devastation throughout that person’s family and community, as a result of an illness which is treatable and a symptom which is preventable.
What you can do to help
At Kingsley Napley, we offer support to our employees suffering from mental ill health. We also strive to support our clients through mental illness or families who have lost a loved one through suicide.
Appropriate signposting is also one of the most important ways to decrease the risk of mental ill health leading to suicide and there are several organisations which accept donations to help their efforts in this area. If you would like to learn more or donate to this worthy cause, click below.
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