In Dorset we have a multi-agency group to develop and oversee a joined-up suicide prevention programme. The group has members from the community, voluntary and charity sector working hand in hand with statutory organisations including NHS services, local councils, Public Health, police and fire services.

Our main ambition is to prevent all deaths by suicide where possible. Preventing suicides is a complex and challenging issue, but there are effective solutions for many, if not most of the individual factors which contribute towards the risk of suicide.

A death by suicide can have a big impact on family members and the wider community. We are working together to support vulnerable people, as well as those in crisis, and give them the help they need.

It’s time to create the new norm, by asking people to step forward, show their strength and start talking about mental health.