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Eastleigh mum backs new suicide prevention campaign following nephew's death

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On World Suicide Prevention Day, a mother from Eastleigh whose nephew took his own life, is supporting a new initiative which hopes to give people the skills and confidence that could help save someone's life.

Katie Healey is supporting Southern Health's 'Every Life Matters' campaign, after she helped other loved ones with suicidal thoughts following George's death.

Sadly there are other families experiencing the type of issues that we did with George. There are other people suffering like George did and I do believe people need to talk about it. I don't believe it's something to be ashamed of. I think people should be able to speak freely and openly and we should all be accepting of that."

– Katie Healey, George's auntie

'Life Cards' are being handed out which will put people in touch with organisations that can offer advice.

The cards will signpost people to key organisations that offer advice, help and support to people who are having suicidal thoughts. They also link to free vital resources and suicide prevention training.

Life Cards will be available to pick up at reception desks in every main NHS Hospital and are free to the general public. They will also be distributed to Southern Health patients and their carers, as well as all 6,000 Southern Health staff.

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  • What is World Suicide Prevention Day?

Every year organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

Each year has a different theme and focus, to bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention. - Samaritans

You can also find more information on World Suicide Prevention Day here.

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