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"Let’s talk - Silencing the silence of suicide"

26.11.20, Zoom webinar (not recorded)

At a time of a global pandemic, international lockdown and the consequential decline in human contact, there has been an exponential rise in mental health difficulties.  In this event, and in association with the mental health charity, SOS Silence of Suicide, we hoped to open up the debate about suicide and de-stigmatise the silence that surrounds this.

We were joined by the heads of the mental health charity SOS Silence of Suicide, Michael Mansfield QC and his wife Yvette Greenway-Mansfield.  SOS was founded, by Michael and Yvette, following the deaths of Michael's daughter by suicide in May 2015 and a friend of Yvette just five months earlier on Christmas Eve.

Michael Mansfield is one of the country’s most prominent human rights lawyers (Stephen Lawrence inquiry, Jean Charles de Menezes, Guildford Four etc) and a great speaker. 

We were also joined by Claire Francis from the University of Manchester Counselling and Mental Health Service and Junior Usina, Welfare and Community Officer at Manchester University's Student Union.  They spoke on the challenges of student university life during COVID (and beyond) and on the support the University offers to students regarding mental health.

Our final guest was Barbara, Deputy Director of the Manchester and Salford Samaritans. Samaritans provide round the clock support for those struggling to cope.

The talk was followed by a debate.