Support if you are worried about suicide
One in five people think about killing themselves in their lifetime – one in fifteen attempt doing so. Each suicide is a complex and personal tragedy which devastates those left behind.
Together we can help prevent suicide by talking openly and honestly about it.
If you are concerned about someone else, ask them about it
Changes in behaviour can be a warning sign that someone is thinking about suicide.
If you're worried that someone you know may be considering suicide, try to encourage them to talk about how they are feeling. Don’t worry about having answers. Just listening to what someone has to say and taking it seriously is the best way to help.
When you ask someone about suicide, you show that you care and give them an opportunity to talk openly and start turning towards safety. You can connect them with a network of support, such as friends, family and specialist services.
- Preventing Suicide in Sussex has tips on spotting the signs, suggestions for starting a conversation, or information about where to go for support locally.
- Grassroots Suicide Prevention are running their ‘Ask Now Save Lives’ campaign to challenge the stigma around talking about suicide and promote resources that can help with the conversation. This includes suicide prevention training, and the StayAlive suicide prevention app.
If you are thinking about suicide, there are people you can talk to
When you ask for help, it can allow you to get out from underneath overwhelming thoughts and feelings. Asking for support can help you feel that people do care and there is hope.
Please talk to someone - this could be a friend or contact one of the specialist support services available.
The Samaritans are available 24/7 to listen and offer advice and support.
- Call freephone 116 123 (24/7)
Mental Health Rapid Response is a 24hr service for anyone at risk of harming themselves or others, or with a mental health emergency.
- Call 0300 304 0078
Grassroots Suicide Prevention offer advice, training and resources to help if you are thinking about suicide, or areworried about someone else.
- Download their Stay Alive app
- Watch their ‘Real Talk’ video
Rethink Survivors of Suicide service offer one-to-one or group support for those with thoughts of suicide, who have attempted or those bereaved by suicide.
- Call 01273 709060 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Community Roots can link you with local mental health and wellbeing support that’s right for you
- Call 0808 196 1768 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Sussex Mental Healthline provides direct support for mental wellbeing and signposting to other services.
- Call 0300 5000 101