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

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.

Derbyshire Mental Health Helpline and Support Service

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has produced a help in a crisis poster with information about what to do if you or someone you know has thoughts of purposely hurting themselves, putting themselves in danger or ending their life. The poster is attached to this page.

The Derbyshire Mental Health Helpline and Support Service is a freephone service available to everyone living in Derbyshire - both young people and adults. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you or someone you know are experiencing distress or anxiety, or feeling that you cannot cope, you can contact the service for support over the phone, tel: 0800 028 0077. That support could be about your mental health, but you can also talk through practical issues that may be causing concern. A poster about the service is attached to this page.

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.

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.

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.

First Hand

First Hand is a free online resource for anyone affected by witnessing a suicide, when they did not know the person who has died. This may be because someone happened to be at a particular location or because their job involves responding to these incidents.

Research suggests that around a third of suicides takes place outside the home, in a public location. This means that the impact of suicide can reach far beyond friends and family to those who may have been at, or first to, the location. First Hand was developed by the Grassroots Team in partnership with the Sussex Health and Care Partnership, Thrive LDN and the Support after Suicide Partnership.

Help is at Hand guide

The Help is at Hand guide provides people who have been bereaved by suicide with both emotional and practical support.

The guide is designed to be given out by bereavement support organisations and by those who are likely to be first on the scene after a suspected suicide, including police and ambulance staff.

Suicide postvention support pack for Primary Care in Derbyshire

A postvention is an intervention conducted after a suicide, largely taking the form of support for the bereaved (family, friends, professionals and peers). Suicide has a ripple effect on the community and those most affected are at increased risk of suicide themselves.

A suicide survivor is anyone who experiences high levels of self-perceived psychological, physical and or social distress after the suicide regardless of the social relationship with the person. The dual objectives of suicide postvention are to alleviate the effects of this complex grief, and to prevent suicide in the survivors.

To help manage the aftermath of a death by suicide a postvention support pack for Primary Care in Derbyshire has been developed. The information in the pack is aimed at individual practice surgeries but may also be useful to primary care networks or federations. The pack takes you through the steps required as a Practice and provides information on how to support anyone affected by the death, including family members, friends or staff.

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 attached to this page 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 ‘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