If you or someone you know needs help, please contact one of the services below.
Supporting those in crisis
Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement through Suicide)
State of Mind Sport
Support After Suicide Partnership
Some areas of the UK offer free taught suicide prevention sessions. If you’d be interested in attending a taught session, then contact your local council to ask whether taught sessions are available in your area.
Connecting with people – staying safe
Free downloadable guides for those in distress or struggling to cope.
Department of Health & Social Care: No Health without Mental Health
Sets out 6 objectives to improve mental health, wellbeing and outcomes for people with mental health problems.
Grassroots Suicide Prevention – training courses
Grassroots provides training to help promote mental health awareness, suicide alertness, and positive wellbeing. This page contains links to a range of training courses which provide practical support.
Mind – Supporting someone who feels suicidal
Explains how to support someone who feels suicidal, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.
Mind – Suicidal Feelings
Explains what suicidal feelings are, including possible causes and how you can learn to cope.
NHS Choices: Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing
Explores the five ways to mental wellbeing that provide a toolkit for building mental resilience.
NHS Health Scotland: The Art of Conversation
A guide to talking, listening and reducing stigma surrounding suicide.
NHS Help for Suicidal Thoughts
Collection of resources for people experiencing suicidal feelings.
Office of National Statistics: Suicides in the UK: 2016 registrations
The ONS produces an annual report of registered deaths in the UK from suicide analysed by sex, age, area of usual residence of the deceased and suicide method.
Office of National Statistics: Who is most at risk of suicide?
Article that explores and analyses some of the contributory risks of suicide.
Public Health England: Suicide Prevention Planning Guidance
Resources and case studies to support the aims of the cross government national suicide prevention strategy and the ambitions set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.
Rethink Mental Illness
Guide to supporting someone who has suicidal thoughts.
Royal College of Psychiatrists
‘Feeling overwhelmed – helping you stay safe’ – a leaflet providing help and support to those feeling helpless or overwhelmed.
Samaritans: Suicide Facts and Figures
Samaritans collate suicide statistics for the UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and ROI, which are published in an annual Suicide Statistics Report.
Support after Suicide Partnership – support guides
Library of support guides for each country of the UK for those bereaved by suicide.
Zero Suicide Alliance
20 minute free, online suicide prevention training with downloadable booklets.