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Suicide Prevention Day

10 Sep 2020

 

Help us in preventing suicide by educating yourself on the signs of when someone may be thinking about suicide and how to have a conversation with someone about suicide. To do this complete the free online 20 minute interactive suicide prevention training by Zeros suicide alliance: www.zerosuicidealliance.com/training/.

By educating as many people as possible about the signs that someone might be unwell and having suicidal thoughts we can all do our bit to support those around us and do are part in preventing suicide by confidently having a conversation about suicide with others.

Saying the word suicide will not make someone more likely to die by suicide.

Image from: www.stopsuicidepledge.org.

If you or someone you know needs mental health support or is having suicidal thoughts make sure they get them help immediately.

For immediate support:

Contact NHS 111

You can call NHS 111 if you or someone you know needs urgent care, but it’s not life threatening. For example:

  • if you have an existing mental health problem and your symptoms get worse
  • if you experience a mental health problem for the first time
  • if someone has self-harmed but it does not appear to be life threatening, or they’re talking about wanting to self-harm
  • if a person shows signs of possible dementia
  • if a person is experiencing domestic violence or physical, sexual or emotional abuse

Book an emergency GP appointment

You can also contact your GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment if you (or the individual) is not in immediate danger or distress.

In a crisis, you should be offered an appointment with the first available doctor.

For more information, see GP appointments and bookings. Find your local GP by visiting: https://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/GP/LocationSearch/4

 

Visit A&E or call 999

A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a medical emergency.

Examples of mental health emergencies include thinking you’re at risk of taking your own life or seriously harming yourself and needing immediate medical attention.

Call 999 if you or someone you know experiences an acute life-threatening medical or mental health emergency.

You can go to A&E directly if you need immediate help and are worried about your safety. You may be close to acting on suicidal thoughts or have seriously harmed yourself.

 

Resources and services for support:

 

 

  • Papyrus – for people under 35
    Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm
    Text 07786 209697
    Email pat@papyrus-uk.org

 

  • Childline – for children and young people under 19
    Call 0800 1111 – the number won’t show up on your phone bill

 

  • Health Assured– Stressed or anxious and need someone to talk to? CUH and RPH staff can call Health Assured, a free 24/7 confidential over the phone counselling service. Just call: 08007832808.You can also contact Health Assured via their online services: www.healthassuredeap.com. Log in to the portal using: Username: CUHEAP Password: Cambridge1

 

For a full list of Mental health support is available to CUH staff on the emotional-and-mental-health section of our website.

 

Information and guidance on suicide and suicidal thoughts:

 

Show your support on social media by completing the zero suicide alliance training and sharing the following: 

‘I just completed the suicide awareness training and I’m ready to have a potentially life saving conversations you can too’

www.zerosuicidealliance.com/training/ #seesaysignpost #WorldSuicidePreventionDay

 


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