The main thing to remember is that suicide is preventable. Learning that a family member or friend is struggling and feeling suicidal can be distressing. But at the same time, being able to encourage them to open up about their feelings gives you an opportunity to help them find support.
Mental Health Foundation provides sources of help that is available. This includes:
- Samaritans - they are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Their Freephone number is 116 123
- Papyrus - they provide confidential support and advice to young people up to the age of 35. Their Free HOPElineUK number is 0800 068 4141
Talking openly about suicide can prevent someone from taking their life.
London Irish Centre, in partnership with Mental Health Foundation are running a weekly Men’s group on Thursday afternoons, and on Monday afternoons with ICAP, a charity that offers culturally sensitive counselling and psychotherapy to the Irish community in Britain.
To find out more about the groups, contact Ciara, London Irish Centre on 07946 202 924, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for people who have been bereaved by suicide
We know that people bereaved by suicide need support at the time that is right for them.
A Support After Suicide Service is for people who have been bereaved by suicide who live, work or study in the 5 North Central London boroughs of Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.
We can also provide support if you live, work or study outside of the 5 boroughs but are bereaved by a suicide that occurred within the 5 boroughs.
The Support After Suicide Service is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Support can also be provided up to 8pm.
Further information is available at NCL Support After Suicide Service (rethink.org).