The Orwell Bridge Suicide Prevention Partnership

The Orwell Bridge Suicide Prevention Partnership is a multi-agency group that meets on a regular basis and works to prevent death by suicide associated with the bridge. Membership includes Public Health (Suffolk County Council), Suffolk Police, Suffolk Coroner, National Highways (Highways England), NSFT, Samaritans, Suffolk User Forum and other health and wellbeing partners.

Every death by suicide is a tragedy for families, friends and entire communities. This is why as a partnership we are doing everything we can to encourage people to reach out for help and to promote support available in Suffolk.

Our priorities as a partnership are to support people at the earliest opportunity, to keep people safe and understand what we can do to make a difference by preventing suicide.


Find out more about suicide prevention in Suffolk.

Zero Suicide Alliance training

Everyone in Suffolk can play their part by talking openly about their mental health and knowing that help is available. Free online training is available from the Zero Suicide Alliance that can help give people the knowledge and the confidence to talk to someone who might be at risk of or thinking about suicide.


Take the training here


If you have been affected by suicide and need to talk to someone, please contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or email

If you or someone you know is in mental health crisis and requires serious or life-threatening emergency mental or physical care, dial 999 immediately.


Support available:


First Response 24/7 helpline

A 24/7 helpline for people of all ages, offering immediate support for mental health difficulties.

Call: 0808 196 3494



A listening ear for confidential support 24/7.
Call: 116 123





Free, safe and anonymous online support for 11-25 year olds including:

  • Virtual chat sessions with friendly counsellors.
  • One-to-one text-based chats.
  • Peer-to-peer support.
  • Live online moderated forums.
  • A range of self-help materials.
  • Journals and goal trackers to reflect your thoughts.


SHOUT 24/7 text service

By texting the word ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 you will start a conversation with a trained Shout Volunteer, who will reply. You can share only what you feel comfortable with.


Suicide bereavement support

Bereaved by Suicide Services - Victim Support

Provided by Victim support.


Stay Alive

The award-winning Stay Alive App is available to download.


Covid Hub for a range of wellbeing support and information

Find information about looking after your physical and emotional health at home on the Healthy Suffolk COVID-19 Information Hub.