Suffolk Lives Matter

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We want to raise awareness and reduce stigma about suicide.

Join us and become a Suffolk Live Saver by pledging your support.

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How to support our campaign, reduce stigma and raise awareness about suicide

You can:

Become a Suffolk Life Saver

You can sign up to really make a difference by becoming a Suffolk Life Saver. Find out how (Word doc, 59KB).

We have provided information to help prevent suicide:

Downloads

You can download some useful materials and advice:

 

How to look out for the warning signs

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:

  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
  • Someone actively looking for ways to end their life
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
  • Suddenly very much ‘recovered’ after a period of depression
  • Visiting or calling people unexpectedly to say goodbye
  • Making arrangements, setting their affairs in order
  • Giving things away, such as prized possessions

How to talk about suicide

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.

  • Talk to someone: You don’t have to keep these feelings to yourself and it’s ok to ask for help
  • Call a helpline: If you don’t feel able to speak to someone in person, use one of the helplines listed in this card.
  • Keep yourself safe: Agree with yourself and someone else that you won’t act on your suicidal thoughts while help is being arranged.
  • Get help: If you are feeling desperate and unsafe, make an urgent visit to your GP, dial 999 or go to A&E and tell them how you are feeling

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.

  • Keep learning
  • Connect
  • Take notice
  • Give
  • Be active

Services in Suffolk

 

Suffolk’s Suicide Prevention Strategy

Contacts for support and advice here

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: A Suicide Prevention Strategy (Full Version)
Suffolk Lives Matter: A Suicide Prevention Strategy (Exec Summary)
Suffolk Lives Matter: Summary Infographics

Watch:

Suffolk Lives Matter: Blair and Tracie's story:

Suffolk Lives Matter: A service perspective from The Samaritans and Suffolk Police:

 

Support in Suffolk:

Samaritans

116 123 (Freephone, 24-hour helpline)
www.samaritans.org
jo@samaritans.org

Suffolk Mind

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)
www.suffolkmind.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness:

0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)
www.rethink.org

Suffolk Wellbeing

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
www.wellbeingnands.co.uk

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS)

For those personally affected by suicide:
0300 111 5065 (9am to 9pm)
www.uk-sobs.org.uk
sobs.admin@care4free.net

Suffolk InfoLink
The mental health directory for Suffolk can be found here

Healthy You
Visit our ‘Healthy You' Mental Health and wellbeing pages here.