Suicide prevention and awareness
The impact of suicide is devastating for families, communities and people involved in someone’s care.
As members of the Zero Suicide Alliance, we believe that suicide is not inevitable. We play a critical role within the communities of Norfolk and Suffolk to do all we can to prevent suicide by working is closely with our partnership organisations to make a difference.
Liz Howlett is our suicide prevention lead. She said: "My job is to look at what we do, what we can learn and if there is anything we could have done better as well as how we can learn when things go right.”
These pages will provide information and support and where to turn to if you feel you need help. That can mean as an individual or the friends or families of someone who may be suicidal.
Getting urgent help
Call our 24 hr mental health crisis line First Response 0808 196 3494.
If you are with someone who has attempted suicide call 999 and stay with them until someone arrives.
If anyone is at a serious risk of immediate self-harm call 999 and ask for police.
The National Suicide Helpline UK also offers a supportive listening service to anyone throughout the UK with thoughts of suicide or thoughts of self harm. They are available 24/7 on 0800 689 5652.
If you need less urgent help:
Don’t suffer in silence - get help. You could:
- Speak to your GP. They can put you in touch with local services.
- Contact your local talking therapies service for free NHS therapy
- Get support from a national mental health charity
- Contact the Samaritans: Call for free: 116 123 (24 hours a day) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact ChildLine: Call for free 0800 11 11
- Visit the Source: Information and advice for young people in Suffolk
- Visit Just One Norfolk: Information and advice for young people in Norfolk