We want to raise awareness and reduce stigma about suicide.
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We have provided information to help prevent suicide:
You can download some useful materials and advice:
You don’t have to be a mental health professional to help someone who is feeling suicidal.
Many people fear talking to someone about suicide in case they give the person the idea, but there is no evidence to support this and for many it can be a huge relief to be asked the question in a direct way.
The warning signs – what to look out for:
Around 1 in 5 of us has had suicidal thoughts at some point. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, and there is support available to help you or someone you know.
We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health. There are five simple things we can build into our lives to help us stay mentally well.
In Suffolk, the latest data shows that around 60 people die by suicide each year. Each death represents a tragic human cost and has a devastating impact on family, friends, work colleagues and many others. Health and wellbeing partners in Suffolk have come together to address this issue, with an aspiration to reduce the number of suicides in Suffolk with the launch of Suffolk Lives Matter: A Suicide Prevention Strategy.
While no single organisation is responsible for preventing suicide, a range of professionals from the voluntary and charity sector, clinical commissioning groups, local councils, police, HealthWatch Suffolk, coroner’s office and mental health services all play a crucial role. Suffolk County Council is leading a new, joint plan to bring together all of these organisations to work towards the overall vision of reducing suicide, making this a priority for health and wellbeing in Suffolk.
Find out more about our plans over the next few years by reading the documents below. You will find the full strategy, with a shorter executive summary available to download. There is also an infographic setting out an overview of suicide in Suffolk.
Suffolk Lives Matter: Blair and Tracie's story:
Suffolk Lives Matter: A service perspective from The Samaritans and Suffolk Police:
Services, information and a wide range of training courses to support mental health and wellbeing throughout Suffolk:
0300 111 6000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness:
0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)
Wellbeing Norfolk & Waveney and Wellbeing Suffolk offer help and support to improve wellbeing and manage stress, low mood and anxiety.
Norfolk & Waveney: 0300 123 1503
Suffolk: 0300 123 1781
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS)
The mental health directory for Suffolk can be found here.
Visit our ‘Healthy You' Mental Health and wellbeing pages here.