• Lucy Markillie
Campaign launched across Greater Manchester to get people talking about suicide

Greater Manchester’s Health and Social Care Partnership have launched their ‘Shining a Light on Suicide’ campaign to provide support to anyone who is feeling suicidal, or who has been bereaved by suicide.

Backed by Mayor Andy Burnham and delivery partners across Greater Manchester, the campaign also hopes to break the stigma and encourage honest conversations about a subject which often remains taboo and difficult to talk about. Here at the Growth Company, we’re proud to be supporting such an important campaign.

More than 200 people take their own life across Greater Manchester every year. In fact, suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 49, and women aged 20-34 in the region. 20% of people have also had suicidal thoughts.

By getting people to talk openly about suicide, the campaign will hopefully help reduce suicide and improve adult mental health across the city-region.

Speaking of the campaign, Mayor Andy Burnham said: “The #shiningalightonsuicide campaign will not only highlight the facts about suicide in our city-region but show people that there is nothing to be feared in talking about suicide and mental health. This will be fundamental to unlocking the power and potential of our Greater Manchester communities.”

If you or someone you love could benefit from support, head over to the Shining a Light on Suicide website to find out more about the help available from various different services.

Need Someone to Talk to? Call Samaritans now on‎ 116 123