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. Pledge your support to the Suffolk Life Saver campaign.
Suffolk’s suicide prevention steering group has launched a new service to support individuals, families and others bereaved by suicide.
The AMPARO service, operated by Listening Ear, works in close partnership with the police, coroner service and other partners to offer support following notification of a suspected suicide, including 1-2-1 individual support, practical help and signposting to local services that can help.
AMPARO SUFFOLK can offer support following a suicide in a range of ways, including:
- One to one individual support
- Help with any media enquiries
- Practical support when dealing with the Police or Coroner
- Help overcoming feelings of isolation
- Putting you in touch with local services that can help
AMPARO means 'shelter' or 'safe haven' in the Spanish language and offers a discreet and completely confidential service. AMPARO SUFFOLK can also support communities, schools and workplaces in the event of a suspected or actual suicide.
Call 0330 088 9255 or email email@example.com
Emotional Wellbeing Gateway
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
Public health Suffolk has created a suicide prevention information leaflet aimed at supporting those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. It is essential that people have access to the correct information, and resources that will help them when they are feeling desperate and unsafe.
The A4 leaflet is in two forms:
- Print-at-home version
Please feel free to share with your network/service users as needed, either via email, social media or on your organisation website, having regard to the sensitive nature of the content.
If you would like some professionally printed copies of the leaflet, please provide us with the following information, and we will send them to you as soon as possible email Louise.Biddiscombe@suffolk.gov.uk:
- Number of copies required
- Full postal address of where you would like them to be sent
5 ways to wellbeing
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.
- AMPARO SUFFOLK: Call 0330 088 9255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- YANA: The YANA Project provides confidential support, mental health awareness and funding for counselling to the farming and rural communities of Norfolk and Suffolk
- 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 email@example.com
- Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS): call 0300 111 5065 (9am to 9pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get involved
Email our Health and Wellbeing team at email@example.com