Suicide is not inevitable. Preventing suicides is a complex and challenging issue, but there are effective solutions for many of the individual factors which contribute towards the risk of suicide.
If you are concerned about someone you think may be at risk or is vulnerable, there are local and national support services that can help.
How to help someone who is suicidal?
- Speak up - ask, show that you care and listen
- Stay calm - listen, don't judge, be patient, offer help
- Have a conversation and help them find support
See the Suicide Prevention poster linked to this page.
Suicide is a devastating event. It is an individual tragedy, a life-altering crisis for those bereaved, and a traumatic event for communities and services. The impacts are immediately and profoundly distressing.
Please read and download also on this page:
- What are my warning signs?
- What can I do to calm myself?
- Who can I talk to?
- Who can I reach out to when things have got too much?
- Why suicide is a unique loss
- Things to remember
- Everyone grieves differently
- Things to say and do
- Things to avoid
- suicidal feelings
- things that might drive someone to think about suicide
- warning signs
- listening ear
- how you can help prevent a suicide
A suicide prevention pocket resource. Stay Alive offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide, and to people concerned about someone else.
It contains three areas of information:
- Directory of local resources – by county
- Advice and information – including myth busting about suicide
- Dedicated section for those supporting people feeling suicidal
NHS information page with link to the Stay Alive App: https://www.england.nhs.uk/supporting-our-nhs-people/support-now/wellbeing-apps/stayalive/
You can find support services listed on this Reading Services Guide.
Page last updated: 10/03/2021
Notifying agencies of a family member’s death is an extremely difficult, emotionally charged and labour intensive task for the bereaved. Many are uncertain who to contact and where to start.
Suicide Bereavement UK have developed a death notification form for the bereaved, which provides a list of organisations that they many need to (or wish to) notify. It has been deliberately designed so that it can be used/offered to anyone who is bereaved, regardless of the cause of death.