Suicide

Suffolk's Suicide Prevention Strategy

In Suffolk, around 60 people each year take their own life.

‘Suffolk Lives Matter’ is the name of Suffolk’s Suicide Prevention Strategy. It has 5 themes:

  1. Reducing Suicide Risk

  2. Supporting People at Greatest Risk

  3. Taking Action Together

  4. Improving How We Collect and Interpret Information

  5. Working with People in Suffolk

There are many factors which increase an individual’s risk of suicide.

Individuals may have a history of self-harm or have experienced trauma in childhood for example. Being in contact with the criminal justice system and drug and alcohol misuse can also be factors.

For more information and to access support see the Healthy Suffolk website

A new film featuring various partners from across Suffolk has been released which aims to prevent suicide.

The ‘Just Say Hello’ campaign aims to raise awareness of how a simple ‘hello’ can make the difference to a person’s mental wellbeing, whether it be a loved one or a stranger.

Watch the video here: Just say hello, Just listen, Just reach out.

Amparo Suffolk

Amparo Suffolk is a countywide suicide liaison service offering support following notification of a suspected suicide, including one-to-one individual support and practical help. 

Individuals can self-refer to Amparo Suffolk or be referred by a professional on their behalf.

Amparo Suffolk can offer support following a suicide in a range of ways, including:

  • One to one individual support

  • Help with any media enquiries

  • Practical support when dealing with the Police or Coroner

  • Help overcoming feelings of isolation

Amparo Suffolk can be contacted on 0330 088 9255, email: Amparo.service@listening-ear.co.uk or more information can be found on the Amparo website.

 

Stay Alive App

The free Stay Alive suicide prevention app gives access to local and national helplines and crisis services, a safety plan and other resources.

For more information about the app see the Grassroots Preventing Suicide Together website.

When reporting or communicating on suicide and self-harm, please bear in mind Samaritans’ Media Guidelines. For further advice, contact the Media Advisory team on 07483 028725/07850 312224 or email: mediaadvice@samaritans.org

Anyone can contact Samaritans FREE any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit. This number won’t show up on your phone bill. Or you can email jo@samaritans.org or visit www.samaritans.org

Resources

 

Contact details of national and local organisations