Suffolk Lives Matter
How you can help
Why become a Suffolk Life Saver?
Learn how you can help raise awareness and reduce stigma about suicide as part of our Suffolk Life Saver campaign.
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.
This campaign is supported by Suffolk County Council's public health team, Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, NHS, police, voluntary sector, Health Watch and organisations such as Samaritans and Suffolk Mind. Pledge your support to the Suffolk Life Saver campaign.
Fully Subsidised Suicide First Aid Training Online
Do you work in Suffolk or North East Essex and been impacted by Covid situation and would benefit from this training?
Most of us have been affected by suicide. It happens all around us: in our schools, in our workplaces, in our communities. More and more people across the UK are qualifying in suicide prevention. You could be one of them.
The National Centre for Suicide Prevention Training UK CIC and Suffolk County Council is providing training in Suffolk and North East Essex to raise awareness of suicide, and increase skills. The aim is to increase knowledge, skills and confidence, while challenging the stigma that can be a barrier to people at risk accessing help and keeping safe
These courses will cover:
- The impact and value of personal and professional experience with suicide
- Barriers that prevent people at risk seeking help
- Prevalence of suicide thoughts and suicide behaviours
- The Signs of Suicide and the Suicide Safety Guide
- Partnership working and community resources
From April 2021
All courses are 9.00 - 13.30 pm online
Please email Suicidepreventiontraining@suffolk.gov.uk to book a space on the course, stating your name and job role. Please identify which date you would like to book onto and provide your email address
Victim Support bereavement support service for Suffolk and North East Essex
Losing a loved one to suicide is an extremely traumatic experience. Victim Support’s Bereaved by Suicide Service aims to ease the distress and improve the wellbeing of those in Suffolk and Colchester and Tendring who have been bereaved by suicide. The service provides emotional support, practical help and signposting to other organisations.
This is an all-age service to support all residents in Suffolk and North East Essex, with the exception of the Waveney area of Suffolk. Trained staff will be equipped to signpost to support for Waveney residents and those who live outside of North East Essex.
This new support service will be available from 1 June to Suffolk and North East Essex residents, but will run with some reduced capacity for June and July 2021. However, will endeavour to provide support to everyone who needs it during this period. The service is free and confidential.
The national Support line service is available 24/7 on: 08 08 16 89 111
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, 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
Suicide Prevention Information Leaflet: When suicide is on your mind, stay connected stay safe
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
If you would like the digital copy or 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 the
- Number of copies required
- Full postal address of where you would like them to be sent
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.
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.
- Victim Support Bereaved by Suicide Service: call 08 08 16 89 111 (7 days a week, 24 hours a day freephone helpline) or email BBS.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