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

You can choose between a short version which is half a day, or a full day version that is longer and provide more information which is one full day.

Course dates 

21st October 9am -12:30 20 half day

23rd November 9am-12:30 half day 

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.

Face to face Suicide Prevention Training for Racing community

23rd October 2020 9:00 am –12:30
Best Western Heath Court Hotel, Moulton Road, Newmarket, CB8 8DY
Email to book:

Fully subsidised 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.

The training includes: Why people are reluctant to offer help to someone who may be thinking about suicide and how to counteract that. It shows how to ask about suicide and how to co-create a safe plan to help someone keep themselves safe from suicide either as a standalone intervention or as part of a recovery and growth programme.Giving you confidence to confront those difficult conversations and enables you to put in place a safe plan.

Wed, October 14, 2020
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Thu, October 29, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM



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 

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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