Take the first step to help prevent suicide today

Losing a loved one or friend to suicide is devastating. Often someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts won’t reach out for support. This World Suicide Prevention Day, we would like to share with you, a few small steps we can all make, which could make a huge difference.

In 2019, more than 5,691 lost their lives to suicide. Across the globe, one person loses their life to suicide every 40 seconds.

We can all take a small step to help to prevent suicide. The Zero Suicide Alliance Prevention training can be completed online at any time and can help to provide a better understanding of the signs to look out for and the skills required to approach someone who is struggling, whether that be through social isolation or suicidal thoughts. The training is completely free and only takes 20 minutes. By taking this small step, we can help to create hope through action.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or feel as though you want to end your life, please know that there is support available ready to help you. We have included some of this support below, for further support visit www.nhft.nhs.uk/help

For local support and services Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) and Mind’s mental health navigators provide 24 hour mental health support anytime of the day or night. Call 0800 448 0828 - lines available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are in a crisis or in need of face-to-face mental health support, join us at one of our drop in cafes which are ran by an NHFT mental health professional and a Mind peer support worker. There are locations across Northamptonshire, for opening times and more information visit: www.nhft.nhs.uk/crisis-cafe. For espresso yourself cafes for young people across the county, visit: www.nhft.nhs.uk/camhs

You can also contact the Samaritans. Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. Call them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 116 123.

If you have been feeling low for quite some time, this could be a sign that you need a bit of support with your mental wellbeing to get you back on track. IAPT Talking Therapies Northamptonshire will work with to put a plan in place. Take the first step today and complete the online form here.