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Ex-RL player’s message of hope for those affected by suicide

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A FORMER Warrington Wolves player has joined forces with health chiefs and a bereavement support charity to help those who have been affected by suicide.
Ian Knott, who played for Wolves and Leigh Centurions has appeared in a short video to mark World Suicide Prevention Day which is on Sunday.
North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has produced the video in partnership with Sujrvivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS).
Ian Knott shares his own personal experiences of feeling suicidal in the hope of helping others.
Theme of this year’s Suicide Prevention Day is “Take a Minute, Change a Life”
These words are at the heart of suicide prevention and it is an opportunity to take time to notice what’s going on with family, friends and colleagues and yourself.
More than 6,000 suicides happen in the UK each year – 18 people a day. World Suicide Prevention Day aims to reduce this figure by focusing on connecting with others and letting people know it’s okay to talk.
The short video brings the subject to the forefront by encouraging people who are concerned about someone close to them to start a conversation and ask them how they are feeling.
Dr Phil Cooper, Nurse Consultant at North West Boroughs Healthcare,also offers his advice in the video.
He said: “Suicide is currently the biggest killer of men aged between 20 and 49 in the UK, but suicidal thoughts and feelings can affect anyone. If you are feeling suicidal, the best thing you can do is speak to someone you trust – whether that’s a family member, a friend or your GP.
“It’s important to remember that help is available and talking to someone about how you’re feeling is an important step to getting that support and feeling better.
“If you are worried about a family member or friend, let them know you’re there for them. Sometimes, just asking ‘are you okay?’ can be enough to bring someone back from feeling suicidal.”
The video can be viewed online at https://youtu.be/4rZVnXcARoA
Anyone feeling suicidal can seek immediate help by:
*Contacting the Samaritans on freephone 116 123 – they’re open 24 hours and are there to listen
*Contacting their GP for an emergency appointment
*Calling NHS 111
Anyone affected by the suicide of someone close to them can call the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide helpline on 0800 003 7029 or visit: www.uk-sobs.org.uk
North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust delivers treatment, support and guidance for a wide range of physical and mental health issues in Warrington and neighbouring boroughs.

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