You may have heard its World Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide affects everyone in some way, and it is not selfish to admit that. Suicide is a word we rarely give ourselves permission to say. It’s hard to face rejection as it is acceptance. I’m trained in ASIST suicide prevention skills. This is a message to my dear friends: You can talk to me about suicide. Call me, text me, Facebook me.
And a message to others: Do you need someone to talk to? Do you need help right now? There is someone you can talk to at any time or day in the year.
London Friend – LGBT Health and Wellbeing Helpline
They run a helpline on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm-9.30pm
Call 020 7837 3337
Switchboard – LGBT+ Helpline
Available 10am-11pm every day and for online chat and e-mail service
Call 0300 330 0630 (London)
Available from 5pm every day for online chat and e-mail service
Call 01273 204050 (Brighton)
Samaritans – Helpline
They offer emotional support and befriending in complete confidence at any time of day or night
Call 116 123 for the free national helpline
or call 020 7734 2800 for Central London
Childline – Helpline
A free service for children and young people up to the age of 19 where you can speak to a counsellor at any time of day or night, and via online chat and e-mail services
Call 0800 11 11
Saneline – Helpline
Offers and provides information and emotional support to those experiencing mental health difficulties, their families and carers, Monday to Friday 12pm-11pm, Weekends 12pm-6pm
Call 0845 7678 000
Sussex Mental Healthline – Helpline
Offers support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression. Also available to carers and healthcare professionals.
Monday to Friday 5pm-9am
24 hours on weekends and bank holidays
Call 0300 5000 101
NHS 111 Service
You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it is not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Call 111 – free from landlines and mobile phones
In an emergency please call 999 or go to your nearest Accident & Emergency hospital
Free Suicide Prevention App
Please download this resource for you or someone else you’re worried about, or someone you work with. It just might save a life.