Hello and welcome to the BDC Health and Wellbeing Blog, your go-to-place for a healthier, happier life. I’m Lynne Schuller, a former Registered Nurse and Specialist Community Public Health Nurse with a deep-rooted passion for wellbeing and the community.
My nursing journey began in the heart of healthcare, where I served as a staff nurse and senior staff nurse on the busy floors of acute medicine at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. There, I honed my nursing skills, but my path soon led me in a different direction, one that would forever shape my dedication to community health.
I joined the school nursing team in Kirkby and Ashfield, a decision motivated by a desire to be closer to home as I nurtured my young family. My journey continued across Bassetlaw, covering caseloads in Retford, rural communities, and eventually Worksop. Along the way, I assumed various roles from Vaccination Team Leader, to Clinical Lead, and Nurse Manager.
Working in and around Bassetlaw helped me understand local communities, their unique needs, and how to make things fairer. Throughout my career, I have believed in involving people and communities in their own health. I carried this belief into my roles as a Councillor and Community Governor, where I helped people access safe and reliable health information, giving them control over their wellbeing.
The Journey Ahead
Now, I’m excited to support Bassetlaw District Council’s Health and Wellbeing agenda with a regular blog full of insights, tips, and information for a healthier and happier life. Our colleagues at Bassetlaw Place Based Partnership will review the blogs to ensure accuracy across all subjects.
Together, we’ll explore wellness, health, and a better life. This blog is about more than just facts; it’s about empowerment, community, and making a healthier future.
This week has been Suicide Prevention Week, an annual event to help raise our awareness and encourage others to talk about mental health and suicide.
Content Warning: This topic discusses suicidal feelings. Please seek support if needed; you’ll find a list of supportive organisations at the end of this blog entry.
Casting Light on a Critical Issue: Exploring Suicide
Between 6,000 and 7,000 people lose their lives to suicide each year in the UK. Suicide and mental health can be challenging topics to address. While there are warning signs to look out for, they aren’t always obvious, and they can vary from person to person.
Recognising Warning Signs:
- Saying things like “I wish I hadn’t been born”
- Getting the means to take your own life, such as stockpiling pills
- Withdrawing from social contact
- Mood swings
- Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
- Changing normal routine including sleep patterns
- Saying goodbye to people as if they won’t be seen again
Why It’s Safe to Ask: Inquiring About Suicidal Feelings
Starting a conversation by directly asking someone if they have suicidal thoughts or intentions might seem uncomfortable, but it's a crucial step recommended by professionals. While some fear that such questions could inadvertently push individuals towards acting on their suicidal feelings, research has proven otherwise.
Speaking openly about suicide, through straightforward inquiries, has been shown to reduce the likelihood of someone acting on their emotions. In fact, these simple and direct questions can create an environment where honesty thrives, providing relief to those who may have been suffering in silence, and helping them feel less alone in their struggles.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please remember that help is available. Services like Samaritans are here to provide immediate support and guidance. Your mental health matters and there is always hope.
What’s Next: Exploring Breast Screenings in Our Next Blog
Thank you for taking the time to read our first blog post on this important topic. We hope you found it informative and valuable. Stay tuned for our next blog, where we’ll delve into the crucial subject of breast screenings. Your health matters, and we’re here to provide you with the information you need. Until then, take care and stay well.
You can get support from the following organisations:
Nottinghamshire Crisis Line (24/7) 0808 196 3779 Help in a crisis (nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk)
Samaritans (24/7) 116 123 Samaritans | Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy | Here to listen
Stay Alive app www.stayalive.app
SHOUT – Text Notts to 85258 (24/7)
CALM, for men: 0800 585858 or webchat (5pm -midnight, 365 days per year)
PAPYRUS Hopeline: 0800 068 4141 (9am-midnight) for children and young people under the age of 35
If you are at risk of immediate harm, please call 999 or visit A&E
Cllr Lynne Schuller
Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing
Last Updated on Thursday, September 21, 2023