Council urges people to ‘take a minute to change a life’ for World Suicide Prevention Day.

Monday 11 September 2017

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is urging people to talk to someone they feel concerned about as part of World Suicide Prevention Day.

Mayor Cllr Paul Reid, Mary Black, PHA Assistant Director of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement and Deputy Mayor Cllr Cheryl Johnston launching the new partnership between Mid and East Antrim and Public Health Agency NI.

The theme for this year is to get people talking and to ‘take a minute to change a life’.

It comes after Council pledged to work in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA) to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

The collaboration also involves community partners and help to promote mental and emotional wellbeing.

Local politicians and senior council staff will take part in awareness sessions to outline the important role they can play and create direct contacts with support services across the Borough.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Cllr Paul Reid said, “Suicide and mental health are extremely important issues and my commitment this year as Mayor is to support the work of the PCSP here to help raise money for services in this sector.

“We want to see safe and healthy communities for all of our citizens. As part of our Community Plan, Council will continue to work with our partners to secure a better quality of life, improved health and wellbeing across our Borough.”

Council staff and Elected Members have received an information pack about what support services and local programmes focusing on mental health and suicide prevention are happening in their area.

Awareness sessions for all Elected Members and Senior Council Staff will take place next month.

More information on looking after your mental health and the support which is available across Northern Ireland can be found at

If you or someone you know is in distress or despair, call Lifeline on T: 0808 808 8000. The free-phone helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can also access the Lifeline website.