Suicide prevention

If you are feeling suicidal, there are people you can talk to:

  • speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust
  • call the Samaritans 24-hour support service, tel: 116 123
  • go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
  • contact NHS 111
  • make an urgent appointment to see your GP

The Tomorrow Project

The Tomorrow Project is a confidential suicide prevention project that has been set up to support individuals and communities to prevent suicide. The project currently delivers a suicide crisis service and a police-referral suicide bereavement service.

Suicide prevention in Derbyshire

The Derbyshire Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention Partnership Forum (DSSPP) allows organisations from across Derbyshire to work together and help tackle the issue of suicide. The partnership’s vision is that as few people as possible will die from suicide across Derby and Derbyshire.

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on 10 September each year and aims to promote worldwide action to prevent suicides.

To support the day in 2019 several football clubs across Derbyshire and Derby held awareness raising activities at football matches, including Chesterfield FC, Alfreton Town FC, Belper Town FC, Matlock Town FC, Sheffield FC and Derby County FC.

Staff and volunteers engaged fans at the 6 matches by handing out club-specific leaflets, raising awareness and having conversations, which directly impacted around 31,000 fans on the matchdays.

Awareness was also raised with many more people before and after through club matchday programmes, websites, screens, and social media. This included both Chesterfield FC and Derby County FC each developing a film involving players promoting suicide prevention, which were shown on their big screens during half time on their match days.

Real People, Real Stories new Samaritans campaign

Samaritans have launched a new awareness campaign called 'Real People, Real Stories' aimed at men aged 20 to 59 years old. The campaign involves men who have overcome tough times sharing their stories to encourage men, who are most at risk of suicide, to seek help by contacting Samaritans.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide is a self-help organisation who help to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide. SOBS have local support groups across the UK including local support groups in Derbyshire where individuals can meet with other people who have been bereaved by suicide. They provide an opportunity to listen, to share, to ask questions, and to connect with others.

Further information and resources

Together with the Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Partnership forum we've produced a poster, leaflet and z-card with information and advice for how you can help if someone is feeling suicidal. These documents are attached to this page.

Information for professionals

There are 2 documents to assist professionals with supporting someone who has suicidal thoughts or ideation.

  • ‘Derbyshire – how to help someone who has suicidal ideation’ is an aide-memoire with some simple steps for supporting someone who expresses suicidal thoughts, which has been developed by Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (DHCFT) and Derbyshire Community Healthcare Services (DCHS) in partnership with the Derbyshire Self-harm and Suicide Prevention Partnership Forum. The document is attached to this page.
  • The ‘Suicidal thoughts – how to support someone’ factsheet is a more detailed guide on how to support someone with suicidal thoughts, which has been developed by Rethink Mental Illness. The factsheet is attached to this page.