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23/09/2021

People in Derry urged to talk about the 'elephant in the room' as part of World Suicide Prevention Day and World Mental Health Day

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The Western Trust in Derry has urged people to talk about the 'elephant in the room' as part of World Suicide Prevention Day which occurs today, and World Mental Health Day, which occurs next month. The Trust has now launched a new campaign, 'The Elephant in the Room - Time to Talk about our Emotions', encouraging people to open up about their feelings. A spokesperson for the Trust said: "This year, the Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement Department of the Western Trust is linking World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September and World Mental Health Day on 10th October to encourage people to talk about the ‘elephant in the room’, in other words, the things that we often choose to ignore – our emotions and how we feel. "The respective themes for each campaign are ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’ and ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. Central to these themes is how we communicate with each other, how we express our emotions and how we access help when we most need it. "In tough times for a whole host of reasons, people find this very difficult, meaning that negative thoughts and feelings get bottled up and hidden away often leading to adverse long-term physical and mental health consequences." The spokesperson added: "Mostly though, we want you to talk to each other! We invite you to share this information, particularly the signposting and helplines, with family, friends and work colleagues. You never know who it might help." For further information please contact the Western Trust Health Improvement Department T: (028) 71865127 or email: health.improvement@westerntrust.hscni.net

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