At Barnet Wellbeing Service, this International Men's Day, our focus zeroes in on the impactful theme of 'Zero Male Suicide.' Explore our dedicated initiatives, from the celebrated Barnet Suicide campaign to upcoming training sessions like Zero Suicide Alliance Lunch and Learn. We'll also delve into the connections fostered by our Barnet Friends service, all in our collective effort to break the silence surrounding mental health and nurture a community of understanding and support.
Barnet Council's Award-Winning Suicide Prevention Campaign:
With pride, Barnet Wellbeing Service played a pivotal role in Barnet Council's award-winning suicide prevention campaign. This initiative, honoured with the Best Digital Initiative accolade at the UK Public Health Register (PHR) Chamberlain Dunn Awards, underlines our commitment to fostering impactful change within the community. Central to the campaign was the introduction of the Stay Alive app, a digital resource designed to provide valuable information, helping individuals stay safe and explore alternative solutions.
Community Outreach with Adam:
Throughout the year, Adam Wilson, our Barnet Friends Co-ordinator within Barnet Wellbeing Service, actively engaged in community outreach. From the University College London Volunteer Recruitment Fair to Silver Sunday at Middlesex University and family-oriented events like the Early Beginnings Roadshow and the Barnet Voluntary Sector Forum, Adam's involvement has significantly contributed to breaking down barriers surrounding mental health. Our goal is to make our community a place where mental health is not just discussed but actively supported.
On International Men's Day, our heartfelt gratitude goes to Adam for championing change and supporting mental health in our community.
Barnet Friends - Bridging the Gap:
Run by the dedicated team at Barnet Wellbeing Service, 'Barnet Friends' is a befriending project pairing isolated residents aged 18-55 with dedicated telephone befriending volunteers. This initiative provides a lifeline in a world where social isolation often goes unnoticed. Discover more about Barnet Friends here.
Over the past year, our Barnet Wellbeing team has been conducting the 'Zero Suicide Alliance Lunch and Learn' online training in partnership with Barnet Public Health. This initiative has become a cornerstone in our commitment to mental health awareness and proactive community engagement. Stay tuned on our social media platforms, as we'll soon announce our next event in this series. It's an opportunity to participate in Zero Suicide Alliance training, empowering you to have potentially life-saving conversations.
A Community of Support:
As we mark International Men's Day 2023, let's stand united in our pursuit of 'Zero Male Suicide.' Through Barnet Friends, award-winning campaigns, and upcoming training opportunities, we strive to create a community where men feel empowered to talk about their feelings and know they are not alone. For more information on our mental health services, visit the Barnet Wellbeing website.