World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, so we would like to share some helpful tips and information for those who might need it. Together we can work to raise awareness of suicide prevention and how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

Sometimes, we want to be there for someone but don't know how to start. We recommend that if you're worried about someone, you try talking to them.

It's okay if you're not an expert – just listening can help someone work through what's on their mind.

Here are the Samaritans SHUSH tips on how to be a good listener, and how you can help.

When people feel listened to, it can save a life.

Here is a helpful downloadable and printable PDF leaflet available from National Mind about how to support someone who is feeling suicidal.

There is also a Stay Alive App developed by Grassroots Suicide Prevention - This is a suicide prevention resource full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

Other Useful Helplines:

Somewhere To Turn: 01702 601123 (our own free drop-in signposting service, 10-3.30pm Mon-Fri)

Samaritans: 116 123 (free, for everyone, 24/7)

CALM: 0800 585858 (free, for men, 5pm-midnight)

PAPYRUS: 0800 968 4141 (free, for young people, 9am-10pm Mon-Fri, 2pm-10pm at the weekend)

South East and Central Essex Mind, 112a Southchurch Road

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2LX

Charity registration number 1148451