Suicide awareness

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This video offers an excellent example of how to start the conversation about suicide if you are concerned about someone.

Produced for The Lions Barber Collective by NHS Informatics Merseyside (part of Mersey Care NHSFT), the 10-minute video features a barber called Luke talking to Adam, an army veteran.

Adam has just left service and is struggling to settle into civilian life, away from his old job and friends; he feels like a burden to his family and is planning to end his life.

Watch how Luke starts the conversation, encourages Adam to open up about his worries, and ensures he is safe before letting him leave the barbershop.

Please be aware, this video involves conversation about suicide. If you are a suicide survivor or have been bereaved by suicide, this may be a difficult watch. Please take care and make sure you have someone supportive nearby.