Dorset’s Suicide Prevention Group launched a new rural mental health campaign to mark World Suicide Prevention Day earlier this month.
Almost a quarter of Dorset’s population live in rural areas, and for those who are struggling or facing mental health difficulties that can sometimes feel isolating.
Research indicates suicide rates nationally are higher in rural communities, so Dorset’s Suicide Prevention Group’s campaign seeks to remind people that wherever they are, and whatever they are facing, support is always within reach.
The group’s message is that something as simple as talking to someone can make a huge difference, and however difficult things might seem, there is always someone to turn to.
Trevor Cligg is a farmer in West Dorset who has faced mental health difficulties.
He said: “A lot of people out there are struggling. Some withdraw and others, like myself, hide in plain sight.
“But talking about it is the biggest thing you can do to help – to whoever, be it your family, your friends, counsellors, doctors. Just talk about it.”
Sophia Callaghan, co-chair of Dorset’s Suicide Prevention Group, said: “Our group works in partnership to help those in crisis and signpost to the support that is available across our county. Wherever you are, you’re never alone. Help is always available.”
Find out more at ourdorset.org.uk/wellbeing/suicide.
Help available via phone, text and online
YOU can find out more about the Within Reach campaign, as well as support and wellbeing activities in some of Dorset’s rural communities, at lightonmh.uk/withinreach.
If you don’t feel comfortable talking to friends or family, you can speak to your GP or contact a free support service, including:
– Dorset’s NHS mental health helpline Connection, 0800 652 0190;
– Samaritans – call 116 123 or email email@example.com and someone will get back to you within 24 hours;
– Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 for confidential support via text message.