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Suicide Prevention Day - volunteers needed for football matches

World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on 10 September each year. This years’ theme is ‘Take a minute, change a life’.

·         73 people living in Derbyshire took their life in in 2016

·         3/4 of these were men

·         40-49 age group had the highest rate of deaths

·         Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK

Last year we held the worlds’ biggest World Suicide Prevention Day event at the Derby County v Newcastle United match. This year we are holding another two football events in Derbyshire and Derbyshire County Council are looking for volunteers to take part.

Again based around football matches, we’ll be raising awareness about suicide prevention amongst arriving fans. This is being delivered in partnership with Derby County FC, Chesterfield FC, Samaritans, Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and East Midlands Trains/Network Rail.

There will be things to engage fans such as football shooting, Oz box and haircuts (Lions Barber Collective) as well as handing out resources and the offer of expert support for those who may need it, and there will be lots of local media and social media coverage. The matches will be taking place on:

Saturday 2 September

Chesterfield v Coventry City

3pm KO, but we’ll be meeting at 1pm

Friday 8 September

Derby County v Hull City

7.45pm KO, but we’ll be meeting at 5.45pm

Volunteers will be briefed beforehand and will receive a free match ticket.

If you’d like to volunteer at either match, please contact James Creaghan, Senior Public Health Manager at Derbyshire County Council.