World Suicide Prevention Day
It’s World Suicide Prevention Day today (10 Sept) – a global campaign to raise awareness of suicide prevention.
In the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, over 6000 people die by suicide each year.
This year Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust (SPFT) co-ordinated suicide prevention conferences and a peer-led group in East Sussex. This group of people from Sussex have personal experience of suicidal thoughts and feelings and believe in the need to talk openly about suicide and to challenge stigma. They developed an excellent resource and this powerful Letter of Hope for those who might be thinking about suicide:
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please see below information on services that can help.
We would advise you to contact your GP, or your Crisis Team if you are known to them already.
Sussex Mental Healthline – The Sussex Mental Healthline is a telephone service offering support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety, and depression. The service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals. You do not need an appointment. Telephone: 0300 5000 101. Available Monday to Friday 5pm - 9pm and 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove. Available 24 hours, seven days a week in West Sussex.
Samaritans – a safe space to talk 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Freephone for immediate support: 116 123 Email: email@example.com
HOPElineUK – a confidential support and advice line from national charity PAPYRUS which provides help and advice to young people up to 35 years old who may be thinking about suicide, as well as to anyone who is worried that a young person may be thinking about suicide.
Helpline: 0800 068 4141(mon-fri 9am-10pm / weekends 2pm – 10pm / bank holidays 2pm – 5pm) Website: https://papyrus-uk.org/
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) – a charity aiming to prevent male suicide.
Freephone from landline: 0800 585858 Webchat: www.thecalmzone.net (open every day 5pm – midnight)
Brighton and Hove
Grassroots Suicide Prevention Support www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/find_help.html
Rethink Survivors of Suicide – one-to-one, group, and telephone support for people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, have recently attempted suicide, or are a family member or friend of someone going through this or a bereavement by suicide.
Telephone: 01273 709060 (mon – fri 9am – 5pm) Website: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Samaritans Branches
Brighton and Hove – Telephone: 01273 772277
Mental Health Rapid Response Service (MHRRS) – a rapid assessment service for patients suffering from mental health problems who are at risk and may not be able to keep themselves safe.
Brighton 24 Hour Telephone: 0300 304 0078