Most suicides are preventable. You can help. Please make the STOP Suicide Pledge.
STOP Suicide is an award-winning suicide prevention campaign that seeks to empower communities and individuals across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help stop suicides by being alert to the warning signs, asking directly about suicide and helping those who are feeling suicidal to stay safe.
This campaign started life as an NHS England-funded pilot and is now continuing via other funding streams. It is led by the charities Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind) and Lifecraft, supported by local NHS and Public Health teams.
It involves general awareness raising about suicide, specialist training for non-mental health professionals working / volunteering within our communities and a public campaign to encourage sign up to the STOP Suicide Pledge for organisations and individuals.
Suicide is everybody’s business. Please work with us to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough a suicide-safer community.
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Not everyone who thinks about suicide will tell someone and there are some people who give no indication at all of their intention. However, there are warning signs that we can all look out for. These include, if a person is:
- Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide.
- Actively looking for ways to kill themselves.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Suddenly very much ‘recovered’ after a period of depression.
- Visiting or calling people unexpectedly to say goodbye either directly or indirectly.
- Making arrangements; setting their affairs in order.
- Giving things away, such as prized possession
We are looking for an army of Campaign Makers to help us spread the STOP Suicide message.
This is an incredibly fluid role in to which you can invest as much or as little time as you have – it is totally flexible!
You can simply spend a few minutes sharing social media posts/distributing resources, you can spend time at events engaging with the public, you can write/film a piece to share Your Story or you can innovate something completely new.
As long as you’re raising awareness about STOP Suicide to create suicide-safer communities then we’d love to have you involved. Our role is to support you and to help you find the tools, skills, confidence and resources to make the impact you want to make in suicide prevention.
If you’re interested please visit our Get Involved page.
Jess Davis’ Story
“Whilst going through a significantly difficult period with regard to my own mental health, I was hugely empowered by the work of CPSL Mind and other mental health charities. As a result I have since been on a personal journey, fuelled by my determination to break down the stigma in our society and to encourage those in need to reach out. I decided I wanted to actively participate in mental health promotion and support and became a Campaign Maker for the STOP Suicide Campaign. Being involved in the campaign was incrediblyinteresting and rewarding, and enabled me to connect with my local community via social media, by distributing posters and leaflets in the surrounding area, as well as spreading awareness further via friends and family. I urge people to get involved!”