West Essex Mind and St Stephen’s Church to partner on World Suicide Prevention Day

Communities / Thu 3rd Sep 2020 at 11:33am

NEXT Thursday, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and it’s an opportunity for people, across the globe, to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.

In Harlow, Mind in West Essex are leading the way by hosting an informal Zoom discussion around suicide prevention, offering guidance on how to have the conversation if you are concerned and how you can support your community. Mind in West Essex’s mission is to make it “OK to talk” and anyone who wants to join in this conversation should contact Lois Sparkes via email at [email protected]

St Stephen’s Church has fostered a strong relationship with Mind in West Essex, who run the Wellbeing Centre nearby in Bush Fair and to compliment Mind in West Essex’s activities in World Suicide Prevention Day, Ian Beckett, Lay-Leader at St Stephen’s Church, has organised two Prayer and Remembrance sessions on September, one at 10am to 11am and one at 7pm to 8pm. Current Covid rules, including mask wearing will be followed, but each session will offer the opportunity for private prayer or shared prayer, a prayer book for prayers to be entered or requested, candles for Remembrance and Mind in West Essex self-care and resource information. 

Ian said “Supporting the bereaved, including those who have lost family or friends to suicide, and supporting those who have experienced suicidal ideation, requires the kind of specialist expertise that Mind offer, and at St Stephen’s we also champion the message that it is “Ok to talk”. We want our community to know that we will listen in a non-judgemental way, pray for people and their families, and signpost them to the professional support they might find beneficial.”

Rev Darren McIndoe, the vicar at St Stephen’s, said “Visiting the Wellbeing Centre at Christmas, and talking and listening to people since, has made me aware how varied and vital the services Mind provide are to our local community. It is fantastic to work in partnership with Mind and we plan to continue to develop this important relationship.” 

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