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A new campaign is being launched in Dudley to encourage people to talk about suicide and raise awareness of support services available to them.

Dudley’s Suicide Prevention Partnership, championed by Dudley Health and Wellbeing Board, launched the borough-wide suicide awareness campaign this week.

The ‘reach out’ campaign aims to improve suicide awareness, provide support to people and encourage those affected by suicide to speak up.

Two problem tenants in Dudley have received injunctions for their anti-social behaviour.

Stuart Johnson, aged 43, of Osprey Drive, and Michael Oakley, aged 71, of Falcon Way, were given the anti-social behaviour (ASB) injunctions for the ongoing nuisance they have caused to local residents and the community.

Dudley borough residents who took part in a recent community safety consultation highlighted the importance of partners and communities working together.

The Dudley: have your say event, organised by safe & sound, Dudley’s community safety partnership, gave local people a chance to talk about safety issues through a range of workshops and questions.

The need for agencies and communities to work together to create a safer environment was raised, along with a call for more intergenerational work and projects to bring communities of all ages and backgrounds together.

The local authority was recognised as having made “significant” progress since its children’s social care services were last rated as inadequate in April 2016.

It was rated “good” in two of the three categories it was inspected in following an 11-day visit in October and November. The overall result was “requires improvement to be good”.

Now Yvette Stanley, national director for social care at Ofsted, has written to the council’s strategic director for people, Martin Samuels, to hail the progress made by the authority.

Dudley Library will host a special carers’ themed event this week to promote national Carers Rights Day 2014.

Carers will be able to drop into the library, located on St James’s Road, from 10am to 1pm on Friday November 28 to find out about support available to them in the borough.

They can learn about the council’s carer’s peace of mind emergency scheme, which is designed to ensure a cared for person would be supported if their carer had a medical emergency or accident.

Carers will also be able to register with Dudley Carers Network, find out about carer support groups in the borough and get information on how to find out if they are entitled to any benefits.