Suicide Prevention

If you feel like you want to die, tell someone. If a life is in danger it is an emergency.

Call 999 if you;

  • are thinking about suicide  
  • feel that your life may be in danger
  • have already taken steps to end your life

Don’t be scared, it is the right thing to do. You must get help and you will not be in trouble.

Here are things to consider if you are thinking about taking your own life:

  1. Wait.

You don’t have to act on your thoughts of suicide. Suicidal behaviour is an attempt to solve overwhelming problems. Your thoughts and feelings CAN change.

  1. Talk to someone.

A friend, family member, or a support service. There are people who want to listen and who can help you.

  1. Seek help.

If talking is hard, there is online support.

  1. Keep safe.

Try to keep yourself safe for now.

  1. Reflect.

Think about what your reasons for living might be.

Getting help in an emergency

 

If you don't feel you can keep yourself safe, seek immediate help.

 

Call 999 and ask for an ambulance. Be as clear as you can about;

  • where you are
  • your name
  • description
  • injuries or steps you might have taken.

 

Be open about your thoughts of suicide. You can ask someone else to contact 999 for you.

 

Even if you haven’t already taken steps to end your life it’s still OK to ring 999. 

You could make your way to your local A&E department. If you are unsure where this is you can search online - Find your nearest A&E department

 

Many people worry that that A&E is only for physical injuries. Most A&E departments will have mental health professionals working with them. They can see what support you need moving forward. They can help to keep you safe in the meantime.

 

If you need some support right now, but don't want to go to A&E, here are some other options for you to consider:

 

  • Call Samaritans on Freephone 116 123. They're open 24 hours, 7 days a week and are there to listen
  • Contact your GP for an emergency appointment or the primary care out of hours team
  • Call NHS 111, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Contact Sanctuary by Sea, your local mental health crisis team, between 6pm and 1am, 7 days a week on 07785 615968 or 07743 920771 or 07803 078763
  • Talk to someone you trust, let family or friends know what's going on for you. There's no right or wrong way to talk about suicidal feelings – starting the conversation is what's important.

 

Are you worried that someone else may be about to take their own life?

What you can do

 

Talk - If you're worried about someone, try to get them to talk to you. Ask open-ended questions. Do not worry about having the answers.

Samaritans have tips on how to start a difficult conversation. They also have advice about things to look out for. This might be a sign that things are going wrong and how you can help.

Rethink has advice on how to support someone who is having suicidal thoughts.

The CALM website also has advice you may find useful.

Be alert – Not everyone who thinks about suicide will tell someone, but there may be warning signs.

Be honest – Tell them why you’re worried about them, and ask about suicide. Tell them you want to know how they really are, and that it’s OK to talk about suicide.

Listen –Listening is one of the most helpful things you can do. Try not to judge or give advice.

Get them some help – It’s OK if you don’t know how; the ideas on this page can get you started. You could encourage them to contact the Samaritans or seek support from a professional.

Take care of yourself – It can be helpful to discuss your feelings with a friend, or a confidential service.

 

Useful organisations
NHS 111 Service

Call ‘111’ if you need medical help but it’s not a 999 emergency. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free.


Samaritans

Samaritans are a 24 hour confidential, listening service. They give emotional support for anyone in crisis.

Go to their Livewell Page.


CALM Helpline

CALM offers confidential, anonymous and free support. They give information and signpost to anyone anywhere in the UK through their helpline.

Call - 0800 585 858 (open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight. Calls are free)

Online Chat

Visit the website


Papyrus

Papyrus is a national confidential helpline for anyone under 35. It is for those who are at risk of suicide, or anyone worried about a young person at risk of suicide.

Go to their Livewell Page.


The Silver Line

The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Call - 0800 4 70 80 90

Visit the website


Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline

Switchboard provides a one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people. Via phone, by email and through instant messaging. The service is open 10am-10pm every day. All volunteers are self-identifying LGBT+.

Call - 0300 330 0630

Email - chris@switchboard.lgbt

Online chat

Visit the website

 

Mind

We provide advice and support to help anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The infoline provides an information and signposting service. The service is open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).

Go to their Livewell Page

 

Stay Alive App

This is a suicide prevention app for the UK. It has useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. Use it if you have thoughts of suicide or are concerned about someone else.

 

The App is available here

 

"Suicide Let’s Talk". Zero Suicide Alliance e-learning programme

Free suicide prevention training which is open to all.

The aims of this training are to:

  • help people know when someone is showing suicidal thoughts/behaviour
  • be able to speak out in a supportive manner
  • empower them to signpost to the correct services or support

Zero Suicide Alliance website.