Leading orchestra join suicide prevention campaign on World Mental Health Day

Musicians and support staff took to the iconic stage of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall for a ‘Big Brew’ conversation to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

This year’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October is themed around suicide prevention – and finding out how someone is feeling over a cuppa is a cornerstone of the Big Brew campaign supported by the Zero Suicide Alliance.

Liverpool Philharmonic musicians took time out of rehearsals to join colleagues to find out more about suicide awareness training from the organisation's local mental health partner, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, one of the founders of the Zero Suicide Alliance.

In the time that it takes to drink a cuppa anyone can access free awareness training from the Zero Suicide Alliance’s website. Since its launch in November 2017, more than a quarter of a million people have accessed the ZSA online training.

Director-General of the World Health Organisation Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “Every death is a tragedy for family, friends and colleagues. Yet suicides are preventable. We call on all countries to incorporate proven suicide prevention strategies into national health and education programmes in a sustainable way.”

One person dies every 40 seconds from suicide across the globe – 17 of them are in the UK each day. The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaborative of National Health Service trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond.

Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko was among those backing the Big Brew for World Mental Health Day. Liverpool Philharmonic and Mersey Care have been working in partnership for more than 11 years, delivering programmes at mental health inpatient settings and the local community, targeted at service users, their families, carers and staff.

So far its programmes, which support people in Liverpool and the wider city region living with a range of mental health needs, have been accessed by more than 10,000 service users and their families and carers.