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

Course dates 

From April 2021

All courses are 9.00 - 13.30 pm online

Please email 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

Online wellbeing training for women* in Suffolk

There are many pressures on us all and through each lockdown women can feel they are facing mounting pressures.

Suffolk Needs Met are offering free spaces for an interactive online wellbeing course for women in Suffolk.

The course, delivered by a friendly and sensitive trainer, helps to provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand and meet your emotional needs, manage your mental health and take steps to improve your wellbeing.

Details: 8th March 2021, 9am –1:30pm

To book please email:

This course is open to women (or anyone who identifies as a woman) who wish to improve their personal wellbeing.

MAP Suicide Prevention Training

This session is aimed at people in the  farming community (including associated businesses such as  vets, land agents, agronomists, NFU members and staff , who live or work in Suffolk or North East Essex. Book on Eventbrite



Amparo Suffolk logoSuffolk’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.

Find Out More about AMPARO SUFFOLK

Call 0330 088 9255 or email Amparo Suffolk 

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.

Visit the Emotional Wellbeing Gateway here

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:


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:

  • Digital
  • 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
  • Connect
  • Take notice
  • Give
  • Be active

How to contact services in Suffolk

Explore the websites and contact details of mental health organisations in Suffolk. 

How to get involved

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Email our Health and Wellbeing team at

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Start a conversation on Twitter with #suffolklifesaver and tweet us at @SCCPublicHealth

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Download and print our Suffolk Life Saver posters (PDF, 1.5MB) and Suffolk Life Saver z-card (PDF, 109KB)


Pledge your support to the Suffolk Life Saver campaign

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