Suffolk Lives Matter
Learn how you can help raise awareness and reduce stigma about suicide as part of our Suffolk Life Saver campaign.
Why become a Suffolk Life Saver?
Each year, around 60 people in Suffolk take their own lives. To tackle this, our aim is to get more people discussing the subject of suicide, challenging myths and pointing to support available.
We need your voice to help us get the message out. You can share:
- Suffolk's suicide prevention strategy
- information about suicidal warning sign
- advice on how to talk about suicide
- contacts for helpful services in Suffolk and our strategy for suicide prevention
You can share this:
- online through social media
- with printed materials you can distribute
This campaign is supported by Suffolk County Council's public health team, Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, NHS, police, voluntary sector, HealthWatch and organisations such as Samaritans and Suffolk Mind.
Emotional Wellbeing Gateaway
Whether you are experiencing mental health issues, are worried about someone you care for, or want to know how to stay mentally well, there are many ways you can find information and support.
Suffolk’s Suicide Prevention Strategy
Suffolk County Council leads a new, joint plan bringing together several organisations, all working towards reducing suicide as a priority for health and wellbeing in Suffolk.
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.
Find out more about our plans over the next few years:
- Suffolk Lives Matter: A Suicide Prevention Strategy, full version (PDF, 400KB)
- Suffolk Lives Matter: A Suicide Prevention Strategy, executive summary (PDF, 103KB)
- Suffolk Lives Matter: Summary infographic overviewing suicide in Suffolk (PDF, 123KB)
Judy Wright from the Samaritans and Superintendent Simon Parkes of Suffolk Police discuss the part their services play in suicide prevention in Suffolk.
Blair and his wife Tracie discuss their story and how the Men's Sheds project has helped them.
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.
What warning signs 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
If you see someone distressed or struggling to cope, talk to them - they may feel relieved you asked.
Has someone you know become withdrawn from their social life? Check up on them to see if they're OK.
Are you concerned about a colleague? Take some time out to chat with them.
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 on this page
- 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
- Take notice
- Be active
How to contact services in Suffolk
Explore the websites and contact details of mental health organisations in Suffolk. For further information about services in Suffolk, see the Suffolk InfoLink mental health directory.
- Samaritans: call 116 123 (7 days a week, 24 hours a day freephone helpline)
- Suffolk Mind: call 0300 111 6000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
- Rethink Mental Illness: call 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
- Suffolk Wellbeing: call Suffolk on 0300 123 1781 or Norfolk & Waveney on 0300 123 1503
- CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably): call 0800 585858 (7 days a week, 5pm to midnight)
- Men's Health Forum Beatstress.uk: offers a free, confidential web chat and SMS service for men – live chat on Wednesdays 7pm to 10pm or receive a reply within 48 hours.
- Mental Health Foundation: a charity focused on preventing mental health problems
- Papyrus: call 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm to 5pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS): call 0300 111 5065 (9am to 9pm) or email email@example.com
How to get involved
Email our Health and Wellbeing team at firstname.lastname@example.org