If you feel like you might attempt suicide, or have seriously harmed yourself, please seek urgent medical help. If you can’t do this by yourself, ask someone to help you.
- Call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E
- Call your local NHS Mental health team on 0800 328 4444
- North London: call Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust’s Urgent Advice Line 0800 0234 650
- South London: call South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s Urgent Advice Line on 0800 731 2864
- Speak to a Samaritan on 116 123
- Text SHOUT to 85258
Did you know?
- Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-19-year-olds age group globally (WHO)
- A prior suicide attempt is the biggest risk factor for suicide in the general population
- Men in the United Kingdom are significantly more likely than women to take their own lives
About the service:
Suicide is a serious public health issue and is the leading cause of death of people under the age of 35 and the biggest killer of men under 50. Suicide prevention is everyone’s concern and we can all learn how to have open, honest conversations and break down the stigma. Our aim is to support you to have the knowledge and confidence to start these difficult but essential/important conversations.
Our work is at the forefront of a national agenda to better understand the issues surrounding suicide so that we can prevent and reduce further deaths. We offer free-of-charge sessions to any organisation working or living in the South West of London to increase people’s awareness. They up-skill communities, healthcare providers, school staff, and voluntary sector partners.
Who our sessions are aimed at:
Any organisation supporting adults in the community including, charities, council services and community groups Anyone working with children & young people including educational settings and other services involved in the care of young people.
Where we are:
We offer sessions both online via Microsoft Teams and in-person.
To refer, fill out the form below or email us:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 07703832120 / 07435929882
For those who are aiming to gain knowledge and understanding of topics around suicide.
● Increase participant’s understanding of suicide by debunking myths
● Provide guidance around the language to use when talking about suicide
● Gain more confidence supporting someone who may be suicidal including knowing how to ask directly about suicide and signpost to support
Session Length: 1 hour – 1.5 hours
Capacity: 5 – 30 attendees
This workshop extends the general awareness session and is aimed at those with greater understanding of the topic of suicide. This workshop is interactive and highly participatory, including analysing case studies and a role play exercise.
● Learn to identify risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors of suicidal ideation and behaviours
● Gain more confidence in practicing how to talk opening and directly about suicide, learn the importance of active listening and how to respond to a disclosure with empathy
● Get guidance in how to assess someone’s risk around suicide and how to adequately support them
Session Length: 3 hours
Capacity: 5 – 16 attendees
This workshop can be a standalone session or delivered as a follow up after the general awareness sessions
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Become a Suicide Prevention Champion:
A Suicide Prevention Champion is someone who is aware of and able to recognise the signs of someone who is struggling, and offers a compassionate and non-judgemental ear to support anyone who may be in crisis. Our Champions play a vital role in creating a safer and more supportive community. By becoming a Champion, you become part of a cause that is actively working to break barriers, reduce shame, and promote transparent conversations about mental health.
Who can become a champion:
Anyone over 18 living or working in one in the London boroughs of Sutton, Wandsworth, Kingston, Croydon, Richmond, or Merton
- Lived experience of suicidal ideation or self-harm
- Bereavement by suicide
- Professional experience supporting someone who has experienced suicide
- Passion for mental health and suicide prevention
- Download our flyer and learn more here
This role is designed for anyone with a passion for mental health and suicide prevention who wants to deepen their knowledge on suicide and related topics to help gain the confidence to support friends, colleagues or even strangers in the wider community. Knowing the signs and feeling confident to have a conversation about suicide is a skill we can all develop and helps spread awareness in your own way.
A BWW Mind Suicide Prevention Champion is not a crisis volunteer.
Click here to register your interest in becoming a Suicide Prevention Champion
If you or anyone you know needs support, please visit our Help Now page.