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Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a devastating event. Its emotional and practical consequences are felt by family and friends and the many statutory and voluntary agencies involved in the provision of health and social care.

On average, a person dies every two hours in England as a result of suicide. It is the commonest cause of death in men under 35. It is the main cause of premature death in people with mental illness.

Suicide prevention starts with recognising the warning signs and taking them seriously. Have you got 20 minutes? Take the FREE suicide prevention training on the Zero Suicide Alliance website


If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might like to seek help from one of the following:

National Provision

Support for Everyone

  • Mind: Provides information and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem via their Infoline 0300 123 3393 or their website www.mind.org.uk
  • Samaritans: Free confidential support and a safe place to talk for everyone, available 24 hours a day.  Call 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org
  • SANE: Provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness including families, friends and carers.  Helpline 0300 304 7000 or http://www.sane.org.uk/whatwedo/support/
  • Stamp Out Suicide: Free phone counselling support for those concerned for themselves or someone else.  Call 07766 808222 or visit www.stampoutsuicide.co.uk

Support for Men

  • CALM: Campaign Against Living Miserably: Offers support to men, of any age, who are feeling down or in crisis via their helpline 0800 58 58 58 or website www.thecalmzone.net

Support for Women

Support for Young People

  • Childline: Free confidential support for young people about any subject.  Call 0800 1111 or talk to a counsellor at https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/1-2-1-counsellor-chat/
  • Papyrus: Prevention of Young Suicide: Provides help and advice on suicide prevention to young people and anyone worried about a young person.  Hopeline: 0800 068 4141  www.papyrus-uk.org
  • The Mix: Provides support for young people on mental health, money, homelessness, employment, relationships and substance misuse. Call 0808 808 4994 or look at their website www.themix.org.uk
  • Young Minds: Provide information for young people who are feeling different to usual, feel their behaviour is changing or are affected by mental illness on their website www.youngminds.org.uk 

Bereavement Support

  • Support After Suicide Partnership: A network of organisations that support people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide www.supportaftersuicide.org.uk
  • Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide: Provides self-help and support for those bereaved by suicide via their helpline 0300 111 5065 or their website www.uksobs.org

Local Provision

Support for Young People

  • Off the Record: Provides free and confidential counselling to young people aged 11 – 25 and weekly drop in services.  Information available at www.talkofftherecord.org/sutton/

Support for Adults

  • Sutton Uplift: A free service for anyone in Sutton experiencing difficulties and symptoms related to stress, anxiety and depression.  Call on 0800 032 1411 or visit www.suttonuplift.co.uk
  • Recovery Cafes: Safe, inclusive and welcoming spaces for people who are struggling to cope with their mental health, open 6 – 11 pm Monday to Friday and 12 – 11 pm on weekends and bank holidays.
    Hestia’s Recovery Café, 966 Garratt Lane, Tooting, SW17 0ND
    Sunshine Recovery Café, 296a Kingston Road, SW20 8LX

Support for Parents and Carers

  • Off the Record: Provides a supportive space for parents and carers of young people struggling with self-harm.  Information available at www.talkofftherecord.org/sutton/
  • CFCS: Children's First Contact Service: If you are worried about a young person and their safety, you can contact CFCS for advice on 020 8770 6001 or email childrensfirstcontactservice@sutton.gov.uk

Bereavement Support