The 10th of September each year is World Suicide Prevention Day, where people and organisations across the globe come together to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. This year’s theme is ‘creating hope through action’ and locally we are supporting the #You are not alone campaign, encouraging people to reach out for support.
As a mental health user led charity, we know from people’s experiences that when personal problems become insurmountable, it can be very hard to reach out for help. Too often people stay silent about their problems and difficulties. Talking about suicidal feelings can feel impossible. We can feel a sense of shame for not being able to cope; for being unable to find solutions to our problems. We can fear letting our families and loved ones down, or can experience a sense of loneliness and isolation, a loss of purpose and self-worth, so that these feelings become overwhelming.
In Suffolk User Forum, supporting people to talk more openly about their feelings, in a safe, and non-judgemental way is essential for suicide prevention. It is equally important that friends, family, and professionals can feel confident to be able to listen and offer support. Often people tell us they worry about saying the ‘wrong’ thing and are frightened to ask if someone is thinking of taking their own life. We work to support people to listen and to feel confident to ask questions, such as ‘What’s happening for you right now’ ‘Are you having thoughts of ending your life’. Listening and understanding people’s experiences is essential for building connection, offering hope and reassurance that says, ‘I care, and you are not alone’.”
We have coproduced helpful resources to support people to find ways to manage difficult feelings, and for supporting others to start conversations with people in distress.
Our ‘Thrive with Five’ booklets support self-care and LISTEN for Suicide Prevention provides helpful ways to manage thoughts of suicide with a step-by-step guide to help friends, family, people in our communities and professionals to feel more confident when giving support for suicide prevention.
Our Charity leads on the promotion and resources contained in the award winning Stay Alive App for Suffolk,
You are not alone – reach out for support.
- Call 111 (option 2) to access urgent mental health help and support, previously known as the First Response service.
- Call the Samaritans on 113 123.
- Download the Stay Alive App (on Apple & Android) provides a toolbox of resources for managing suicidal feelings.
- If you have been bereaved by suicide, contact Victim Support Phone: 01473 322683 Email: SNEE.firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for young people.
- 4YP – 4YP believes that all children, young people and young adults aged 7-25 should have somewhere safe to go, something positive to do and someone trusted to connect and journey with. 4YP is an open-access centre. This means you can open the door and walk in any time between 10am-5pm each weekday find them on Lower Brook Street, Ipswich
- Emotional Wellbeing Hub – The Emotional Wellbeing Hub provides information, advice, and guidance to families and young people in East and West Suffolk, who are worried about the mental health of a child or young person aged 0-25 years, or if you’re a young person experiencing emotional wellbeing difficulties.
Call 0345 600 2090 and press option 3
- Visit www.kooth.com for free, safe, and anonymous online support for 11–25-year-olds.
- By texting the word ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 (a 24/7 text service) you will start a conversation with a trained Shout Volunteer, who will reply. You can share only what you feel comfortable with.
National organisations for young people:
Get help with your financial worries:
- Financial Hardship | Suffolk County Council
- Mental health and money : Mental Health & Money Advice (mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org)
- Debt advice | Free debt advice | National Debtline | National Debtline
- StepChange Debt Charity – Free Expert Debt Advice.
- Living on a squeezed income | MoneyHelper
Get help with your mental health – Local organisations for adults:
- Wellbeing – Wellbeing provide a range of support for people with common mental health and emotional issues, such as low mood, depression or stress. Call 0300 123 1503
- 12thMan – The 12th Man Campaign helps men talk more openly about mental health. It encourages them to be the 12th Man for their families, friends, colleagues and other people in their lives.
- Suffolk Mind – support includes a wide range of courses, training and therapeutic services which can enable you to better understand mental wellbeing and how you can help improve or maintain your own. Call 0300 111 6000 or email email@example.com
- Op COURAGE is an NHS mental health specialist service designed to help serving personnel due to leave the military, reservists, armed forces veterans and their families. Call 0300 323 0137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- You Are Not Alone (YANA) – support for those in farming – 0300 323 0400