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Preventing Suicide in Sussex

If you are thinking about suicide, or are worried about someone who might be, help is just a click away.  Don’t ignore the warning signs. Together we can stop it.

General advice

If you are going through a difficult time or are worried about someone else, don’t go through it alone ... TALK

Tell someone what you are thinking and how you are feeling

Ask for their help or seek help

Listen to their advice or seek advice from others

Know who to call in a crisis and keep the number with you at all times

If you are concerned your child may be feeling suicidal, the following advice may help:

  • Notice when they seem upset, withdrawn or irritable
  • Encourage them to talk about their worries, listen to them and help them find their own solutions
  • Keep all medicines locked away, including painkillers such as paracetamol
  • Suggest your child talks to their GP or a Counsellor about how they feel

Where to go for help

Below are some useful helpline numbers and websites where support is available:

Tel:  116 123

Papyrus - a service for young people at risk of suicide
Tel: 0800 068 41 41
Text: 07786 209697

Bereavement support

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) -  service for Young Men
Tel: 0800 58 58 58

Tel: 0800 1111

Help is at Hand - a booklet for people bereaved by suicide

Dealing with suicidal feelings

Tel: 0300 123393

Pathfinder - crisis support in West Sussex

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm – 10.30pm daily)

Factsheet: Suicidal thoughts - how to cope

Stay alive app

The Stay Alive app, produced by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in conjunction with Grassroots Suicide Prevention, is a pocket suicide prevention resource, full of information to help you stay safe. it might be useful if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.The app includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living and a life box where you can store photos that are important to you.


Zero Suicide Alliance - offers a free online (20 minute) suicide prevention training course that will teach you how to recognise the warning signs and safeguard someone that could be contemplating suicide.

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