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Suicide prevention helplines

The Facts: Why we need to talk about suicide

125 people die by suicide every week in the UK. We need to talk about suicide more openly so we can understand it, break the stigma surrounding it and save more lives.

The Signs: What to keep an eye out for

There are NOcatch-all signs to look out for. But there’s some stuff to keep an eye out for:

In real life there are the ones you’ll know:

  • talking about wanting to die

  • extreme mood swings

  • drinking more than they usually do. 

But there are also subtle ones too:

  •  getting easily annoyed or frustrated 

  • not looking after their hygiene or personal appearance

But remember, sometimes you’ll see none of the above. So if you ever suspect someone is struggling, trust your gut and reach out to them.

The Words: How to start a conversation

Let them know you’re there. Don’t worry about finding the perfect words – there’s no right or wrong, just let them know they have your support.  

Yeah, it might be awkward at first but it could also be the most important conversation you ever have - and we’ve got loads of practical tips to help.

Do:

  • allow them time to talk

  • ask questions like “how does that make you feel?” 

  • reassure them that these feelings aren’t permanent and support is available. 

Don’t 

  • try and fix things

  • pretend to know how they feel

  • convince them how lucky they are. 

The Support: Where to direct them if they’re struggling  

You don’t have to have all the answers. If someone is struggling, the best thing to do is let them know they can always speak to an expert and that support is available right now if they need it.

Support

NHS 

Help for Suicidal Thoughts

If you're feeling like you want to die, it's important to tell someone.  Help and support is available right now if you need it. You do not have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.

The Samaritans Tel:  116 123

www.samaritans.org  

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year.  We provide a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them. Please call 116 123 email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of the nearest branch.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)Helpline:  0800 58 58 58www.thecalmzone.net 

SuicideThe Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) works to prevent male suicide and offers support services for any man who is struggling or in crisis.  CALM’s helpline 0800 58 58 58 and web-chat are for men in the UK who need to talk or find information and support. The services are open 5pm–midnight daily and are free, anonymous and confidential. For access or to find more information visit thecalmzone.net

Shout

Text Shout to 85258

www.giveusashout.org 

Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.  It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

MindMindInfoline:  0300 123 3393

www.mind.org.uk

Suicidal Feelings

Side by side - on-line support community

The MindinfoLine offers thousands of callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues.  Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone. They also provide a special legal service to the public, lawyers and mental health workers.

PapyrusHOPELINEUK – 0800 068 4141

Text – 07860 039967www.papyrus-uk.org 

Thinking of suicide?Support for anyone under 35 experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned that a young person may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.

Trauma Research UK

www.traumaresearchuk.org 

Get help

We are a national registered trauma research charity dedicated to making a difference.  Offering support and recovery programmes to those suffering from trauma and anxiety-related disorders such as phobias, panic attacks, PTSD, OCD, GAD etc.  We know you may be suffering right now, but please consider this - “It's not what's wrong with you, it's what happened to you”.

Kooth.com

www.kooth.com 

Kooth.com is an online counselling service that provides vulnerable young people, between the ages of 11 and 25, with advice and support for emotional or mental health problems.  Kooth.com offers users a free, confidential, safe and anonymous way to access help.  

ChildLine

Helpline:  0800 11 11

www.childline.org.uk

Coping with suicidal feelings

ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people.  You can contact ChildLine in these ways:  You can phone  on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards.  You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small.  If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine. 

YoungMindsParents Helpline:  0808 802 5544www.youngminds.org.uk 

Suicidal Feelings

Crisis MessengerWe’re the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.  We want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

The Mix

Helpline:  0808 808 4994

www.themix.org.uk 

Suicide

Life’s tough, we know that. It can throw a lot your way and make it hard to know what the hell to do with it all.  So, welcome to The Mix. Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all.  Because you can.  Because you’re awesome.  We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs.  We’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through our articles and video content online or our phoneemailpeer to peer and counselling services – we put the control in your hands. You can even volunteer with us too.

Students Against Depression

Are you depressed or anxious? 

Self Help Resources

Students Against Depression is a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.  Alongside clinically-validated information and resources it presents the experiences, strategies and advice of students themselves – after all, who are better placed to speak to their peers about how depression can be overcome.

SOS Silence of Suicide

For support call:  0300 1020 505 (midday to midnight daily)

We support everyone affected by suicide, whether they be bereaved, having thoughts of suicide, or have attempted suicide.  Everyone is vulnerable, especially right now when the world as we know it has changed, bringing mental health fragilities to those who have never before experienced them and an escalation of poor mental health for vulnerable people who were already struggling.  The shame, stigma and silence that surrounds not just suicide, but mental health generally, is something we are passionate about changing.  No one should feel judged.  No one should feel awkward.  No one should feel isolated, we will continue to support everyone and anyone who needs our help.

Maytree

Tel:  020 7263 7070

www.maytree.org.uk 

At Maytree, we provide people in the midst of a suicidal crisis with the opportunity for rest and reflection, and give them the opportunity to stay in a calm, safe and relaxed environment. We can support four "guests" at a time. The service runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our warm and friendly volunteers and staff team spend up to 77 hours with each guest over their stay, giving them the opportunity to talk through their fears, thoughts and troubles.  On leaving, each guest receives a goodbye letter.  This is a personal record written by a member of Maytree's staff team which reflects their stay, validates their struggles and honours their achievements.

Molly Rose Foundation

www.mollyrosefoundation.org 

The aim of the Molly Rose Foundation is suicide prevention, targeted towards young people under the age of 25.  Many young people feel they are a burden or undeserving of support. By asking the question, you are showing that you are ready to listen and will help them to access support. Not asking is too great a risk to take.  We want to help spot those suffering from mental illness and connect them to the help, support and practical advice they need.  

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