Breaking the Stigma, Saving Lives: Phase 2 of the Barnet Suicide Prevention Campaign

Following the success of the Barnet Suicide Prevention Campaign – which took place in the autumn of 2021 – Barnet Public Health recommissioned CommUNITY Barnet to deliver Phase 2 of this campaign. Our role is to provide community engagement that will meet the following objectives to:

  • Gain an insight into how different communities engage with mental health and suicide.
  • Reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
  • Increase help-seeking behaviour amongst the target audience by providing easily accessible resources.
  • Understand if the Stay Alive app and Andy’s Man Club suit the target audience.

Through the delivery of wellbeing sessions and community engagement events, we reached 2,000 people. As a result, we introduced many local support services to them, which they said they needed to be made aware of. In addition, we will hold a series of events introducing the Zero Suicide Alliance training. This free 20-minute training video is available for anyone over 16. We aim to increase the number of people in Barnet who complete this session, equipping individuals with the skills and confidence to help someone contemplating suicide.