Suicide prevention

Help and support is available right now if you need it. You do not have to struggle with difficult feelings alone and it’s important to tell someone if you are having suicidal thoughts.

Is your life in danger?

If you have seriously harmed yourself – for example, by taking a drug overdose – please call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E, or ask someone to do this for you.

Phone a helpline

Free helplines are there to help when you’re feeling down or desperate. Find out more here> or take a look at the support information below.

Talk to someone you trust

Let family or friends know what’s going on for you. They may be able to offer support and help keep you safe.

There’s no right or wrong way to talk about suicidal feelings – starting the conversation is what’s important.

Who else you can talk to

If you find it difficult to talk to someone you know, you could:

• call a GP – ask for an emergency appointment
• call 111 out of hours – they will help you find the support and help you need
• contact your mental health crisis team – if you have one

Alternatively, take a look at the services listed below detailing local and national support services.

How to spot when someone might be struggling

​If you’re worried about someone who might be struggling, Samaritans have put some helpful information together on the signs to look out for (including online situations), what to do, where to get help, and looking after yourself. You can find out more on the GCC Suicide Prevention Partnership pages here> or take a look at the support information below.

Local Listings

Qwell

Support available includes articles, forums, peer support and anonymous mental health counselling from qualified counsellors (via online messaging/chats).

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Stay Alive App

Stay Alive App is a free suicide prevention resource for the UK, from charity Grassroots Suicide Prevention.

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Shout

Shout is a 24/7 text service, supported by digital mental health charity, Mental Health Innovations.

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Samaritans

Samaritans is a charity providing non-judgemental listening support to anyone. 

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Crisis

If you or someone you know over the age of 11 needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis team – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

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National Listings

Qwell

Support available includes articles, forums, peer support and anonymous mental health counselling from qualified counsellors (via online messaging/chats).

read more

Stay Alive App

Stay Alive App is a free suicide prevention resource for the UK, from charity Grassroots Suicide Prevention.

read more

Shout

Shout is a 24/7 text service, supported by digital mental health charity, Mental Health Innovations.

read more

Samaritans

Samaritans is a charity providing non-judgemental listening support to anyone. 

read more

Crisis

If you or someone you know over the age of 11 needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis team – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

read more
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Ask for help if you need it

It can be hard to know where to turn when we’re struggling with our mental health but support is available, from NHS and council-commissioned services to local and national charities. Many services are free, confidential, and you can access them yourself without a referral from a professional.

Support for carers

Find out what support is available to you.

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Support for children, young people and families

There is a wide range of support for children, young people and families in the county.

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Support for older age groups

More information about additional support that is available for older people locally and nationally.

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Support for ethnic minorities

Find out more about some of the support that is available

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Support for LGBTQ+ communities

Getting help with issues you're struggling to deal with on your own is one of the most important things you can do

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Support for veterans

If you think you or your partner may be experiencing mental health difficulties, you can get expert help

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Your health and wellbeing

The past year has been a particularly challenging time for everyone but whatever you’re worried about, please reach out for support – help is available

Contact us

If you can’t find what you are looking for, please get in touch to let us know what mental health support information would be useful to you at this time

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