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Suicide prevention support

by Sandra Issar

If you are concerned about someone who may be struggling with their mental health and suffering with suicidal thoughts help is available.

The new NO MORE Suicide website offers clear and immediate support options for those who may be in suicidal crisis, or people who are concerned someone else may be considering suicide.

Creating a safety plan can help keep people safe when suicidal thoughts arise. It’s a useful way to offer hope in finding a way forward. The website has safety plan templates which can be downloaded, completed and kept in a safe, memorable place to refer at a time when thoughts of suicide may occur.

The website is also a prevention resource providing information on suicide prevention programmes taking place across Cheshire & Merseyside including men’s mental health community programmes.

Stay Alive app

Like the No More Suicide website, the app provides accessible suicide prevention support. The app has both a safety plan and LifeBox, where people can upload images or videos that remind them of their reasons to stay alive. The app also directs people to local help and gives people the tools to start a conversation about mental health and suicide.

The Stay Alive app, which is available free on iOS and Android devices, was developed by charity Grassroots and has several key features including:

  • Information on how to access local crisis services in the Cheshire & Merseyside area
  • Quick access to UK national crisis support helplines
  • A safety plan that can be filled out and used if a person is in a crisis and needs to keep safe
  • A ‘life box’ which allows a user to upload photos from their phone to remind them of reasons to stay alive;
  • Fact-based reasons for staying alive;
  • Strategies for staying safe from suicide
  • Supporter resources for when you are supporting someone who is suicidal
  • Suicide myth-busting

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“This is such an important time for us all to look after our mental health. It is vital for those people who are struggling to know that there are services and tools available that can help. The No More Suicide Website and StayAlive app are both tools which are free and easy to use if you, or someone you know, is suffering with suicidal thoughts.”

Further support

In addition to the NO MORE Suicide website and Stay Alive app, 24/7 help and support is available across Cheshire and Merseyside to help people struggling with their mental health. The helpline number –   0800 051 1508 – is for adults, children and young people.

Samaritans – A safe place to talk 24 hours a day about whatever is troubling you Call 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.

Papyrus – For Children and Young people under 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide or anyone concerned that a young
Call 0800 068 41 41 www.papyrus-uk.org

Amparo – Support for anyone affected by a suicide. Call 0300 088 9255 or visit https://listening-ear.co.uk/amparo/

SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) – meeting the needs and overcoming the isolation experienced by people over the age of 18 who have been bereaved by suicide. Find out more by calling 0300 111 5065, emailing support@hotmail.com, visit the website or follow on Twitter.

Knowsley CAMHS Services offers advice and support for people aged up to 18 and can help with lots of problems or worries such as if you’re feeling depressed, not enjoying food, feeling panicked or scared, having trouble concentrating, or having problems with your family life. Find out more by calling 0151 489 6137.

Kooth provides online and face to face counselling, information, advice and support for young people in secondary schools. Find out more on Kooth’s website.

Think Wellbeing Knowsley offers support to Knowsley residents with common mental health problems such as anxiety or depression, helping them to change the way they feel by changing the way they think.  A number of online and face-to-face options are available and you can find out more by visiting the Think Wellbeing website.