The Friends of East Cowes have been working with Suicide Prevention & Intervention IOW on ways to help local residents following the discovery of a body at Kingston Cemetery in East Cowes back in September.
Ken Wheeler, Chair of The Friends of East Cowes, contacted SPIIOW asking for advice regarding signs that could be placed on benches and other areas within the cemetery to prompt a ‘call to action’ for people to reach out for help if they, or someone they know, feel suicidal.
Sarah Adams of Suicide Prevention & Intervention IOW says:
“The news of this very sad situation had made its way to us at the time of Ken contacting us, and we agreed at once to support The Friends of East Cowes and the local community, to do what we can to ensure that help can get to people of the Island when they reach out.
“With this is mind we set out to have some signs designed with “call to action” contact details on them that will prompt a response from our front line teams when people are in their darkest hour.
“With the very limited funds available to SPI we set out to look for a Community Partner who would be kind enough to sponsor the cost of the signs – this is where East Cowes Business Association very kindly offered to step in and take on the cost”.
The signs have now been installed in the cemetery with the hope that anyone who is having thoughts of suicide to reach out and use the information on the signs.
Ken Wheeler says:
“When I heard of the young man’s death I felt that The Friends of East Cowes could, and should, do something to prevent such a tragic event happening again. Sadly incidents like this happen on the Island too often and we hope by doing this it will save lives. SPI IOW are working hard to help prevent suicide on the Isle of Wight and need support and funding to continue their work”.
Simon Craddock, Chairman of ECBA says:
“A key part of any community group is to provide support to those who need it and whilst we’re fundamentally business orientated, we were unanimous in our decision to fund this brilliant initiative that could save someone in their darkest and loneliest hour of need, and save the whole community from unnecessary pain. Whilst we hope that they are never needed, we are pleased and proud to be associated with this initiative”.
If you think or believe that someone you know or have seen someone is at risk of ending their life from suicide you can make contact with the front line team 24 hours a day by calling the SPI Crisis Number (Suicide Intervention Only) on 07519008406 (24/7 text or call).