Suicide Prevention resources
Suicide is often described as a "permanent solution to a temporary problem". It is a devastating experience for the person themselves, to think about and decide, and also for those left behind. Certain times of the year, eg the approach to Christmas, or to significant anniversaries in the person's life, can heighten the risk. Here are some resources that may help:
Are you thinking about suicide? Here are 5 suggestions to consider:
The website Grassroots: Preventing Suicide Together suggests -
- Wait. Decide not to do anything right now to hurt yourself. You do not have to act on your thoughts of suicide. Suicidal behaviour is an attempt to solve what feels like an overwhelming set of problems. When we are struggling to cope, our mind closes down on creativity and our problem-solving skills become much more limited. Your thoughts and feelings CAN change.
- Talk to someone; it could be a friend or family member, or a support service of some kind. There are people who want to listen and who can help you.
- If talking is difficult, there is online support here. Someone who wants to help you is just a click away.
- Try to keep yourself safe for now
- Spend some time thinking about what your reasons for living might be.
Worried about someone else?
The same website suggests -
- Be alert – Not everyone who thinks about suicide will tell someone, but there may be warning signs.
- Be honest – Tell the person 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 – Just 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.
- Take care of yourself – You may find it helpful to discuss your feelings with another friend, or a confidential service.
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- Papyrus UK (focussing on young people)
- The Mental Health Foundation
- The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year
- CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) has a helpline which is open 5pm - midnight every day
- Hector's House was set up in memory of an 18 year old man who took his own life
- The Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide supports those left behind
- There are numerous apps available, eg Stay Alive on Google Play or on the Apple App Store