New suicide prevention activity launched

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Portsmouth City Council 2011The Portsmouth Suicide Prevention Partnership today announces the creation of a 'crisis card' and funded safeTALK training to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September).

The 'crisis card' is a credit card sized fold-out leaflet providing details of organisations who can provide support to someone in helping them address issues that have been shown to be some of the biggest risk factors in suicide, for example; debt, relationship breakdown, bereavement and homelessness. SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training session that prepares anyone 15 or older to become a suicide-alert helper. People attending the training will learn how to:

  1. Challenge attitudes that inhibit open talk about suicide
  2. Listen to the person’s feelings about suicide to show that they are taken seriously
  3. Move quickly to connect them with someone trained in suicide intervention

The safeTALK training has been funded by Portsmouth City Council to enable people to attend for free. There are 20 places available at the first session in November, which will be held at the University of Portsmouth.


Drivers asked to avoid Eastern Road during closure

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Drivers are being asked to avoid the Eastern Road this weekend while northbound lanes are closed as part of ongoing maintenance work.

The Eastern Road will be closed northbound between Anchorage Road and the A27 from 7.30pm on Saturday, 8th September, and 3pm Sunday, 9th September.


Portsmouth International Port buoyed by £1.6m profit increase

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With an annual turnover of over £33m, the port welcomed £4.9 million net profit in 2017/18, which translates into a £1.6m profit in comparison to the previous year.

This welcome news for the port follows a 10-year agreement with Brittany Ferries to continue operating its routes to France and Spain, with plans to expand their fleet and serve more crossings from Portsmouth.

A strategy is also underway looking at ways to advance the city’s cruise position and establish Portsmouth as a leading cruise port.


Vote to make a Portsmouth green space a national favourite

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Portsmouth people have a chance to make one of the city's green spaces a national favourite.

Last month Baffins Pond, Milton Park and Southsea Rock Gardens were given sought-after Green Flag awards.

Now the Green Flag competition organisers, Keep Britain Tidy, are asking people to decide which winners around the country should receive a national People’s Choice award.

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