Suicide

Practical and emotional support if you've been affected by suicide and how to help someone who may be suicidal.

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If you or someone you know is seeking mental health support, please see our mental health and wellbeing page.

How to support someone who may feel suicidal

You do not have to be a mental health professional to help someone who is feeling suicidal. Many people fear to talk to someone about suicide in case they give the person the idea, but there is no evidence to support this. For many, it can be a huge relief to be asked the question directly.

Both Mind and Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) have information on how to support someone who feels suicidal. They give practical suggestions, like warning signs to look out for, what to say and where you can go for support.

Mind also has information on how to recognise suicidal feelings and the NHS has help for suicidal thoughts.

Support if you are affected by suicide

If you are affected by the suicide of a family member or friend, support is available to help you emotionally and with practical matters.

Bereavement and emotional support

Search for bereavement support, information and guidance:

Emotional advice and support:

Support for employers

Find guidance on how to support the mental health of your staff:

Suffolk's Suicide Prevention StrategySuffolk Lives Matter logo

Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board and Suffolk County Council have produced a Suicide Prevention Strategy.

They launched a campaign, Suffolk Lives Matter, to raise awareness and reduce the stigma about suicide.

Find out more information about the campaign and strategy on Healthy Suffolk.