World Suicide Prevention Day – Suicide Prevention One World Connected

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World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th, it has existesd since 2003. World Suicide Prevention Week surrounds the day starting Monday September 8th and ending September 14th.

According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention the following 10 things are true about suicide:

1. Annually one million people commit suicide. That’s tantamount to one death every 40 seconds.

2. The “number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined”.

3. Suicide is in the top three leading causes of death for folks ages 15 – 44.

4. Some studies have attempted suicide numbers 10 to 20 times more than successful suicides.

5. In Europe and North America mental disorders (depression and alcohol use) are major factors.

6. In Asian countries impulsiveness plays a role.

7. The theme for 2014 is is “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected”

8. One suggestion for awareness on Suicide Prevention Day is to light a candle at 8pm near a window for the survivors of suicide and the for memory of loved lost ones.

9. This year marks the release of the World Suicide Report (WSR) by the World Health Organization (WHO). The goal is to reduce suicides by 10% by 2020.

10. Robin Williams is but one of the statistics of this preventable disease.


Adcote School Christmas Craft Fair



Children and Domestic Violence – Men Who Abuse Women Do Not Necessarily Abuse Children Too

If you have children, you have probably tried to shield them from the domestic violence as much as you possibly can. Perhaps you are hoping they do not know it is happening. However, in the majority of families where there are children, and where abuse is being perpetrated, the children will be aware of this, and will often hear it or see it going on. According to the Department of Health, at least 750,000 children a year witness domestic violence. In some cases, the children themselves will suffer physical or sexual abuse from the same perpetrator.

Men who are abusive to women do not necessarily abuse children too, but some of them do. If you suspect that this is happening, or that it has happened, it is important that you raise this issue with your children and take steps to protect them, for example, by seeking advice from Women’s Aid or another domestic violence organisation, or from social services or other agencies that are there to assist and protect children. Social workers will not take your children away if they can work with you to make sure they are safe.

If your child, or a child you know, tells you that he/she has been abused, your immediate response is very important:

Listen carefully and let your child tell you what happened in his/her own time.
Reassure your child that he/she is not to blame for what happened (or is happening).
Let your child know he/she is very brave to tell you about it.
Show your child that you are concerned for him/her.
Try to stay calm and not let your child see how shocked you are.

If your child is at risk of further abuse (for example, if you are still living with the perpetrator, or if your children have regular contact with him) then you will need to take steps to protect him/her from further harm. You may want to talk to your local Women’s Aid organisation, or to the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, to help you decide what you should do next -


For further advice if you are experiencing abuse or violence from one of your children, contact the –  Tulip Group on 0151 637 6363.

Whether or not you and your children move into a refuge, you could call the  – NSPCC National Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000

Shrewsbury Police Station Opens Its Doors – Free Family Day

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, Bill Longmore and West Mercia Police are holding an Open Day at Shrewsbury Police Station from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 14 September, inviting members of the community to join officers for the day. Visitors can try on police uniforms, see police support unit equipment, meet police dogs and their handlers, chat to firearms officers and take a peak behind the scenes of the station’s custody facility. For the children, there will be free goody bags, face painting and a bouncy castle.

Also on offer, is a chance to play detective and solve the clues in a mock crime scene. You can become the subject of a ‘wanted’ poster and have your fingerprints taken. To add to this, officers will be on hand to chat to and show people around police cars and bikes.

Partners attending the event include the Shropshire Fire Service, West Mercia Search and Rescue and Community Safety Partnership. There will be stands with information on drugs awareness, crime prevention, special constables and competitions to win prizes.

Chief Inspector Andy Milne said: “I welcome everyone to come along and have an enjoyable day out. This event provides us with the opportunity to create strong links and relationships with the local community, which is key to successful policing.”

Bill Longmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, said:

“This Open Day promises to be fun and enjoyable for visitors of all ages and gives us and the Police an opportunity to engage with local people, provide them with an insight into our work and to raise awareness of ongoing initiatives.

“We are looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible.”

Free event on Sunday 14 September from 11am at Shrewsbury Police Station, Clive Road, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury, SY2 5RW.

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Be Part of an Incredible Team as a Volunteer For The National Trust

treeThere are so many different reasons to volunteer, and everyone has their own reasons. However, here are some of the main benefits:

Learn new skills
Good for your C.V.
Work alongside experts in their field
Make new friends
Knowing you’re making a unique contribution to our work
Counts towards your Duke of Edinburgh Award

TNT were founded in 1895 by three passionate Victorians who wanted to preserve outdoor spaces and prevent them from being built on. Discover more about where we’ve come from and meet Octavia Hill, the visionary behind there organisation.

they protect some of the most important spaces and places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Take care of historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages and pubs – and then open them up for ever, for everyone.

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