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Affected by suicide or feeling suicidal?

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If you have, have had, or know someone who has suicidal feelings you will find links on this page to practical and emotional support to help prevent someone taking their life. You will also find information and support if you have been affected by the loss of someone through suicide.

January 2017

Feeling low?

Feeling down or stressed can be the start of having suicidal thoughts. These could be triggered by a life changing event such as a relationship break up or a serious illness. Below you will find a range of organisations that support people in Suffolk with mild mental health conditions or a situation that you may find yourself in.

  • Wellbeing Suffolk offers help and support to improve wellbeing and manage stress, low mood and anxiety

  • Suffolk Mind offers a range of services designed to help improve mental health and wellbeing

  • New chapters: mental health information service is a mental health and wellbeing service offered by Suffolk Libraries which includes a blog, links to useful websites and an events list. Libraries also hold information leaflets and have regular activities where you can meet others

  • Citizens Advice Bureaux provide free, impartial and confidential Information, advice and support on consumer benefits, employment, welfare rights, financial and debt, housing, legal, taxation, community care, relationship difficulties, utilities, education, racial harassment, immigration and more

  • Local organisations offering support and skills training for the unemployed and those looking for work

  • Local organisations who offer support after a relationship breakdown

  • If you have a long term health condition or terminal illness, such as MS or cancer, search Help for Adults to find a local support group

  • Support if you have a drug and alcohol addiction

  • Local organisations providing support for sufferers of domestic abuse and violence

  • Support for ethnic communities and migrants in Suffolk

Help with suicidal feelings

Here are links to websites that offer advice and support if you feel that life is no longer worth living. Several of them also have helplines. The list includes organisations that support anyone, young people and people working in specific professions.

You can also ask your GP or a health professional to refer you to Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust’s Access and Assessment Service, which supports people with mental health needs. They cannot take referrals directly from individuals but can offer guidance and support to help access appropriate services.

Support for Young people

  • Papyrus works to prevent suicide in young people

  • Suffolk Young People’s Health Project 4YP provides services that improve the social, emotional, and physical health and wellbeing of 12-25 year olds in Suffolk

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Suffolk supports children and young person under 18 with a learning disability and mental illness, or associated complex neurodevelopmental disorders, at high risk to themselves or others

Professional support

  • The Farming Community Network supports anyone in the farming community with health, family, business and farming issues and has a helpline

  • Racing Welfare provides support for the workforce of British horseracing

  • If you are a GP the British Medical Association provides a counselling and doctor advisor service called Doctors for Doctors, which offers some tips about looking after yourself as well as your patients

  • Vetlife provides free and confidential support to anyone in the UK veterinary community who has emotional, health or financial problems

  • Pharmacist Support is an independent charity working for pharmacists and their families, former pharmacists and pharmacy students to provide help and support in times of need

Worried about someone who may feel suicidal

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.

Both Mind and CALM have information on how to support someone who feels suicidal, giving practical suggestions, like warning signs to look out for and what to say, and where you can go for support.

Also have a look at the leaflet in the Downloads section on this page.

Support for employers

Mindful Employer provides information and tools for employers to support mental wellbeing at work.

Suffolk Mind works with local employers to help address stress and mental health issues in the workplace.

Support if you are affected by suicide

If you are affected by the suicide of a family member or friend support is available to help you cope emotionally and with practical things that you may have to deal with.

Suffolk Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) has support groups in Ipswich, Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds. The national organisation also has a helpline open from 9am to 9pm every day.

Support after Suicide is a partnership of organisations that provide bereavement support locally and online. They also produce the Help is at hand support guide.

Cruse have factsheets and booklets to support bereaved partners and families. They have also developed an Employer’s Bereavement Toolkit which can be purchased through their website.

More local organisations offering bereavement support.

The shock of losing someone to suicide can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Suffolk Wellbeing gives information about the condition and offers support.

If the death of your loved one has been referred to a Coroner find out more about what this means.

Suffolk’s Suicide Prevention Strategy

Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board and Suffolk County Council have produced a Suicide Prevention Strategy and launched a campaign to raise awareness and reduce the stigma about suicide. Called Suffolk Lives Matter you can pledge your support, find out about beating stress and find information and advice on their web page.

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