Resources

Are you thinking about suicide or concerned about someone else? Please read on...

Grassroots isn't able to intervene directly, but on this page you'll find our suggestions plus several helplines, links, and apps that can help you stay alive.

We believe there's no shame in reaching out for help if you are feeling stressed, depressed or experiencing suicidal crisis in some form. If you're not sure of who to reach out to in your community, some of the contacts below could help. People who care are ready to help you right now.

And if you're finding it really difficult to stay alive, we suggest taking a look at the crisis resources –they includes some UK National 24 hour services that are always available.

We hope that you have strength to continue taking steps towards finding help. Thank you for getting this far. Please continue to read...

Are you thinking about suicide? Here are 5 suggestions to consider:

  1. Wait. Decide not to do anything right now to hurt yourself. You do not have to act on your thoughts of suicide. Suicidal behaviour is an attempt to solve what feels like an overwhelming set of problems. When we are struggling to cope, our mind closes down on creativity and our problem solving skills become much more limited. Your thoughts and feelings CAN change.
  2. Talk to someone; it could be a friend or family member, or a support service of some kind. There are people who want to listen and who can help you
  3. If talking is difficult, there is online support here. Someone who wants to help you is just a click away.
  4. Try to keep yourself safe for now
  5. Spend some time thinking about what your reasons for living might be

Worried about someone else?

  • Be alert - Not everyone who thinks about suicide will tell someone, but there may be warning signs.
  • Be honest - Tell the person why you're worried about them, and ask about suicide. Tell them you want to know how they really are, and that it's OK to talk about suicide.
  • Listen - Just listening is one of the most helpful things you can do. Try not to judge or give advice.
  • Get them some help - It's OK if you don't know how; the ideas on this web page can get you started.
  • Take care of yourself - You may find it helpful to discuss your feelings with another friend, or a confidential service.

This page is intended as a self-help tool and is not intended as a substitute for professional services. Please seek help from a crisis service, doctor or mental health service if you are thinking about suicide. This page contains information about where to find help.

Resources are organised on this page as follows:

 

National Crisis Support

Emergency 999
Call an ambulance if you are in danger
If you're in danger, call 999 for an ambulance or the police.
Tel: 999
NHS 111 Service
Call if you need non-emergency medical help
Call 111 if you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency.
Tel: 111
Samaritans
Confidential emotional support
The Samaritans are a 24 hour confidential, listening service providing emotional support to anyone in crisis.
Tel: 116 123 (freephone). Calls to this helpline number do not appear on phone bills.
HOPELineUK
Prevention of young suicide, for under 35s
HOPELineUK is a national confidential support service for any young people (under 35) at risk of suicide, or anyone worried about a young person at risk of suicide.
The helpline is open 10am-10pm Monday-Friday, Weekends 2pm-10pm, and Bank Holidays 2pm-5pm.
Tel: 0800 068 41 41 Calls are free from all providers and do not appear on bills.
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org
SMS: 07786 209697 Texts are free from all providers and do not appear on bills.
Get Connected
Support for young people under 25
Get Connected is the UK's free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don't know where to turn. Open 365 days a year, for absolutely anything you're going through.
Monday-Friday from 1pm-11pm every day, calls free from landlines and most mobiles.
Tel: 0808 808 4994
www.getconnected.org.uk (Web chat and email available)
CALM Helpline
Confidential emotional support for men
The Campaign Against Living Miserably offers confidential, anonymous and free support, information and signposting to men anywhere in the UK through their helpline.
Monday-Friday from 1pm-11pm every day, calls free from landlines and most mobiles.
Tel: 0800 58 58 58
Webchat (5pm - midnight)
www.thecalmzone.net
SANE Mental Health Helpline
Meeting the challenge of mental illness
SANE's helpline is a national, 7 days a week, out-of-hours (6-11pm) telephone helpline for anyone coping with mental illness, including concerned relatives or friends.
Tel: 0300 304 7000
www.sane.org.uk
ChildLine
Help and advice about a wide range of issues
Contact ChildLine anytime - calls are free and confidential. Services include helpline, online chat and Ask Sam.
Tel: 0800 1111
www.childline.org.uk
Mind
For better mental health
Mind's team provides information on a range of topics including: types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy. They will look for details of help and support in your own area.
Tel: 0300 123 3393 (weekdays 9am - 6pm, Phone calls from UK landlines are charged at local rates. Charges from mobile telephones vary considerably)
Text: 86463
www.mind.org.uk
The Silver Line
Friendship and advice to older people
The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Tel: 0800 4 70 80 90
www.thesilverline.org.uk
Breathing Space (Scotland)
Free phone and web based service
Breathing space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Breathing Space provides a safe and supportive space by listening, and offering advice and information.
Tel: 0800 83 85 87
www.breathingspace.scot
Lifeline Helpline (N. Ireland)
Helpline for people in distress or despair
Lifeline is the free Northern Ireland response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is here to help.
Tel: 0800 808 8000
Textphone: 18001 0800 808 8000 (for deaf and hard of hearing Lifeline users)
www.lifelinehelpline.info
C.A.L.L. Helpline (Wales)
Emotional support and info on mental health
C.A.L.L. Helpline offers emotional support and information/literature on mental health and related matters to the people of Wales. Anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative can access the service. C.A.L.L. Helpline offers a free confidential listening and support service.
Tel: 0800 132 737
Text 'help' to 81066
www.callhelpline.org.uk

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Brighton & Hove Local Crisis Support

Sussex Mental Health Helpline
For anyone with mental health problems
A telephone service providing support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression.
5pm-9am Mon-Fri, and 24 hours at weekends and bank holidays.
Tel: 0300 5000 101
Textphone (For deaf and hard of hearing users): 18002 0300 5000 101
MHRRS (formerly BURS)
Mental Health Rapid Response Service
Available for people needing support in a crisis when other services are closed. MHRRS is available to assess your needs urgently out of hours: contact MHRRS, if you can, before considering attending A&E for mental health needs in the Brighton area. MHRRS is available after 5 pm every week day, and anytime at weekends.
Tel: 01273 242220
Rethink Mental Illness SOS (Survivors of Suicide)
Confidential one-to-one telephone support for people in crisis
The SOS service offers confidential one-to-one and telephone support to people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or have recently attempted suicide.
9-5pm Mon-Fri
01273 709060

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East Sussex Local Crisis Support

East Sussex Samaritans
Confidential emotional support
You can talk about your thoughts of suicide.
Freephone: 116 123 (freephone) Calls to this helpline number do not appear on phone bills.
Hastings: 01424 436666
Eastbourne: 01323 735555
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Sussex Mental Health Helpline
For anyone with mental health problems
A telephone service providing support and information for anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression.
5pm-9am Mon-Fri, and 24 hours at weekends and bank holidays.
Tel: 0300 5000 101
Textphone (For deaf and hard of hearing users): 18002 0300 5000 101
A&E - Conquest Hospital, St. Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 7RD
A&E is open 24 hours 7 days a week. The A&E consultant on duty can give advice over the telephone.
Tel: 01424 755255
Eastbourne District General Hospital, BN21 2UD
A&E is open 24 hours 7 days a week. The A&E consultant on duty can give advice over the telephone.
Tel: 01323 417400
Counselling Partnership
Support for Survivors of Suicide across the county
Tel: 01273 519108
Email: counselling@sussexcommunity.org.uk

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West Sussex Local Crisis Support

West Sussex Samaritans
Confidential emotional support
You can talk about your thoughts of suicide.
Freephone: 116 123 (freephone) Calls to this helpline number do not appear on phone bills.
Bognor: 01243 826 333
Horsham and Crawley: 01403 276 276
Worthing: 01903 205 555
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Sussex Mental Healthline
Support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression. The service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals.
Open 24/7. You can talk about your thoughts of suicide.
Sussex: 0300 5000 101

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Suicide Prevention

Samaritans
Confidential emotional support
The Samaritans are a 24 hour confidential, listening service providing emotional support to anyone in crisis.
Tel: 116 123 (freephone) Calls to this helpline number do not appear on phone bills.
Maytree Sanctuary
One-off short stay in a safe place
Maytree Sanctuary - a one-off short stay in a safe place for people in a suicidal crisis.
www.maytree.org.uk
Mind
For better mental health
Mind's team provides information on a range of topics including: types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy. They will look for details of help and support in your own area.
Tel: 0300 123 3393 (Phone calls from UK landlines are charged at local rates. Charges from mobile telephones vary considerably)
Text: 86463
www.mind.org.uk
Rethink
Information & support related to mental illness
www.rethink.org
CALM Helpline
Confidential emotional support for men
The Campaign Against Living Miserably offers confidential, anonymous and free support, information and signposting to men anywhere in the UK through their helpline.
Monday-Friday from 1pm-11pm every day, calls free from landlines and most mobiles.
Tel: 0800 58 58 58
Webchat (5pm - midnight)
www.thecalmzone.net
SANE Mental Health Helpline
Meeting the challenge of mental illness
SANE's helpline is a national, 7 days a week, out-of-hours (6-11pm) telephone helpline for anyone coping with mental illness, including concerned relatives or friends.
Tel: 0845 767 8000
www.sane.org.uk
Depression Alliance
Support & info for people with depression
www.depressionalliance.org
HOPELineUK
Prevention of young suicide, for under 35s
HOPELineUK is a national confidential support service for any young people (under 35) at risk of suicide, or anyone worried about a young person at risk of suicide.
The helpline is open 10am-10pm Monday-Friday, Weekends 2pm-10pm, and Bank Holidays 2pm-5pm.
Tel: 0800 068 41 41 Calls are free from all providers and do not appear on bills.
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org
SMS: 07786 209697 Texts are free from all providers and do not appear on bills.
Nightline UK
Emotional support for students in distress
nightline.ac.uk
London LGBT Switchboard
Support to LGBT communities in the UK
Free and confidential support & information to lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered communities throughout the UK.
switchboard.lgbt
Helplines Partnership
Find a helpline for your particular need
Allows you to find a helpline for your particular need.
Tel: 0300 330 7777
helplines.org/helplines/

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Online Support and Info

Unsuicide
Online suicide help
This web page might be helpful. It contains tweets from people with thoughts of suicide about what helps them cope with these thoughts.
unsuicide.wikispaces.com
Elefriends
Supportive online community where you can be yourself.
Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself; a safe place to listen, share and be heard.
www.elefriends.org.uk
Big White Wall
A peer support network.
Big White Wall is a peer support network available that encourages you to be open about what is on your mind, to learn more about yourself and to work through what is troubling you. The service does cost to join, but is free in many areas.
www.bigwhitewall.com
HelpGuide.org
Helps you to cope with suicidal thoughts.
Coping with suicidal thoughts.
www.helpguide.org
Childline Online Chat
ChildLine's chat service for children and young people.
Contact ChildLine anytime - calls are free and confidential. Services include the helpline, online chat and Ask Sam.
0800 1111
Online chat: Chat with a ChildLine counsellor about anything that is worrying you in a 1-2-1 session - this works like instant messenger.
Visit the website www.childline.org.uk.
Get Connected Online chat
Get Connected's chat service for young people.
Get Connected is the UK's free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don't know where to turn. Open 365 days a year, for absolutely anything you're going through.
0808 808 4994
Web chat - between 1-11pm every day.
www.getconnected.org.uk
Reddit Suicide Watch
Moderated peer support forum.
Reddit Suicide Watch, a moderated peer support forum.
www.reddit.com/r/SuicideWatch/
Depression Sanctuary
Moderated chat rooms and forums
A safe and supportive place to talk with other people for those going through depression or other mental illnesses.
www.depressionsanctuary.org
MindOut Online Support
Daily, out of hours, online support service for LGBT people.
MindOut Online Support: daily, out of hours, online support service for LGBT people.
www.mindout.org.uk
Metanoia.org
Read this first.
If you are thinking about suicide... read this first.
http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/
Live Through This
A collection of interviews with people who have survived a suicide attempt.
Live Through This: a collection of interviews with people who have survived a suicide attempt.
www.livethroughthis.org
Conversations Matter
A practical online resource to support safe and effective community discussions.
www.conversationsmatter.com.au

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Counselling

The Counselling Directory
Find a counsellor
Everyone has different reasons for wanting to end their lives and some people feel like they have no reason at all. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, then you should try to talk about them before making any decisions. Even if you think no-one wants to listen, the truth is - they do.
www.counselling-directory.org.uk/suicidal-thoughts.html
RSCPP
Find a Therapist Service
Your mental health is as important as your physical health. We will help find only the most highly qualified therapist in your area. Connect with the right therapist near you now.
www.rscpp.co.uk

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Brighton & Hove Local Resources

Pocket Resource Card
A printable, concise resource
A printable, concise resource to help you if at risk of suicide or worried about someone else.
PDF File
SOBS (Survivors Of Bereavement by Suicide)
Support group for people who have lost a loved one to suicide
Regular group held in central Brighton for survivors of bereavement by suicide.
Email: sobs.brighton@gmail.com
Tel: Paula 07593 893867
Psychology Sussex Men's Support Group
Men's group available now
Feeling hopeless, worthless, despair, alone? Feel hopeful, valued, understood... There will be a total of four ten week groups running consecutively with a maximum of ten clients per group. The group will run weekly on a Wednesday evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and there will be an opportunity at the end of each session for clients to speak individually with any of the facilitators about any concerns they may have that have arisen during the evening. Psychology Sussex also runs low cost counselling at £15 per session.
Tel: 01273 778 123
Email: admin@psychologysussex.com to get involved.
www.psychologysussex.com/services/pscs.html
Age UK Brighton and Hove Counselling Service
Counselling for the elderly
Counselling within your own home or at Age UK Brighton & Hove.
Tel: 01273 720603
Email: info@ageuk-bh.org.uk
www.ageuk.org.uk/brightonandhove/our-services/counselling/
Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard
Helpline of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* communities
The helpline is a supportive, non-judgemental and confidential space for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans* (LGBT) people as well as for their family, friends and supporters. You can call about anything that's on your mind, to receive information or get emotional support.
www.switchboard.org.uk
 
For other LGBTQ resources in Brighton & Hove, click here...
Other services
Help with almost any problem
There are many services available to help you with almost any problem. For a good index, visit Brighton & Hove Mind's Directory (click here).

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East Sussex Local Resources

Health in Mind
Health in Mind is a free NHS service for anyone in East Sussex experiencing these kinds of emotional or psychological difficulties, includes; telephone support & wellbeing short courses
Tel: 0300 00 30 130
Email: spnt.healthinmind@nhs.net
www.healthinmind.org.uk
Hastings & Rother Gay Helpline
For information about social events, for someone to talk to, or to report a homophobic incident. 50+ social last thurs of month 2.30-4.30pm
Tel: 07941 014013 7-9pm on Wednesdays
You Raise Me Up charity
Financial and emotional support to families who have lost a young adult between the ages 16-25
Tel: 01323 482772 (24hrs)
Email: jane.brooks@youraisemeup.co.uk
www.youraisemeup.co.uk
Mental Health Directory of Community Support
Downloadable directory of community support in East Sussex
https://eastsussexgovuk.blob.core.windows.net/media/3778/east-sussex-mental-health-directory.pdf

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International

Befrienders Worldwide
Volunteer action to prevent suicide
www.befrienders.org
IASP
International Association for Suicide Prevention
The IASP was established in 1960 and is the largest international organization dedicated to suicide prevention and the alleviation of the effects of suicide. It has members in more than 50 countries and is working in official relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
www.iasp.info
International Suicide Prevention Wiki
Worldwide directory of suicide prevention hotlines, online chat, text-lines and resources
The International Suicide Prevention Wiki (ISP Wiki) is a worldwide directory of suicide prevention hotlines, online chat, text-lines and resources. The ISP Wiki is open source to be used by any individual or organization.
suicideprevention.wikia.com

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Apps

Stay Alive
A suicide prevention pocket resource for the UK
Stay Alive offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else. The app can be personalised to tailor it to the user.
View in Google Play
View in Apple App Store
ASK & Prevent Suicide
Educational and crisis intervention resource
The ASK About Suicide to Save a Life app provides useful information to use as an educational resource as well as a crisis intervention resource for suicide prevention. Used in over 80 countries, this app is based on the best practices ASK suicide prevention training program. This app is based upon the Best Practice designated Ask About Suicide to Save a Life training program developed by the Texas Department of State Health Services and Mental Health America of Texas.
View in Google Play
View in Apple App Store
Five Ways To Wellbeing
Set activities to improve your wellbeing
Live life to the full with this easy to use Five Ways to Wellbeing app. It offers a practical way to help you feel good and function well in the world.
Reflect on your wellbeing, set activities to help you improve your wellbeing and track your progress - all from the comfort of your phone; whenever it suits you!
Based on substantial research, use the Five Ways to Connect, Take Notice, Be Active, Keep Learning and Give your way to improved wellbeing.
View in Google Play
Suicide Lifeguard
For those concerned about others
Suicide Lifeguard is intended for anyone concerned that someone they know may be thinking of suicide.
View in Google Play
View in Apple App Store
Safety Plan
Create your own safety plan
A safety plan is a list of coping strategies and social supports that people can use when they are in a suicidal crisis or very distressed. It helps them not act on their suicidal feelings. The plan is brief, is in the individuals' own words, and is easy to read. It is an emergency plan for suicide crises.
View in Google Play
My3 Support Network
Define your network, and your plan to stay safe
Stay connected to your network when you are in a time of crisis with MY3. With MY3, you define your network, and the plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are feeling suicidal.
Remember, there is hope and a life to look forward to even in your darkest moments this app can help you get through the difficult moments.
Who are your 3? Is it your sister, your therapist, or your neighbour down the street? Download this app to ensure that your 3 are there to help you when you need them most.
View in Google Play

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Suicide Bereavement

Support after Suicide
Support for people bereaved or affected by suicide
The Support After Suicide Partnership (SAS) is the UK’s national hub for organisations and individuals working across the UK to support people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide.
www.supportaftersuicide.org.uk
Help Is At Hand*
An NHS resource for people bereaved by suicide
Help Is At Hand - An NHS resource for people bereaved by suicide and other traumatic, sudden death.
*Download free PDF
CRUSE
Local and national bereavement care
The Cruse Bereavement Care National Helpline is open for information, advice and emotional support, from 9.30am to 5pm Monday and Friday and 9.30am to 8pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
www.cruse.org.uk
Freephone: 0808 808 1677
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
Exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by suicide
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide - Exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. We are a self-help organisation. Many of our volunteers have themselves been bereaved by suicide.
uk-sobs.org.uk
Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors
Provides healing support for people coping with bereavement
The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide.
www.allianceofhope.org
Winston's Wish
The charity for bereaved children
Winston's Wish - Charity that offers support to young people who have experienced bereavement.
www.winstonswish.org.uk
Suicide Grief
Support forum for those touched by suicide
Suicide bereavement support forum, information and support for those touched by suicide.
www.suicidegrief.com
The Compassionate Friends
An organisation of bereaved parents and their families
An organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children.
www.tcf.org.uk
Child Bereavement UK
Support for families and education for professionals
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
www.childbereavementuk.org
If U Care Share
Charity promoting emotional well being in young people & supporting families affected by suicide
If U Care Share Foundation are a charity promoting emotional well being in young people & supporting families affected by suicide.
www.ifucareshare.co.uk

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Latest News!

31 August 2016

10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day - Events

We warmly invite you to attend a day of activities at the Synergy Centre to mark World Suicide Prevention Day in Brighton & Hove this September 10th. The theme for World Suicide Prevention this year is 'Connect, Communicate & Care'. All planned activities as part of this event will be centred around these three key themes. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/events/305938473085374/

12 July 2016

Grassroots in Brighton Pride Parade 2016

For a second year, Grassroots will be marching in the Brighton Pride parade. You and your friends are invited to join us. We will meet at 10am on Saturday 6 August at Hove Lawns. Please wear orange and purple clothing if possible. GSP T-shirts will also be available on the morning along with other great accessories. If you are interested in marching with us please let us know in advance by emailing tiffany@prevent-suicide.org.uk. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1769008666677798/

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Responding to the launch of the Stay Alive app Emma Wadey, Director of Nursing Standards and Safety at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"Suicide is everyone's business; it devastates so many lives no matter who you are, where you work or where you live. We want to use every method available to us to make Sussex, and beyond, a place where people thinking about suicide are supported and helped in their workplace and their community."

Thank you to all our clients and funders, including

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • NHS Brighton and Hove
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Department of Health
  • Sussex Community Foundation
  • Lloyds Bank
 
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Ealing
  • Surrey County Council
  • YMCA
  • Royal Navy
  • Crime Reduction Initiatives