World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September 2021

Today we get together with thousands of organisations around the world to help raise awareness of suicide and help reduce the number of deaths lost to suicide. Not being okay is still widely stigmatised so we will be supporting the day on social media to help reduce the stigma and raise awareness about services available.

Some useful tips to help a person if you feel they could be suicidal:

1. Speak up if you’re worried – Talking to a friend or family member about their suicidal thoughts and feelings can be extremely difficult. But if you’re unsure whether someone is suicidal, the best way to find out is to ask.

2. Respond quickly in a crisis –  If a suicide attempt seems imminent, you can call:
– Samaritans (24hours) – 116 123
–  Surrey Mental Health Crisis Line (24hours) – 0800 915 4644
– Emergency Services – 999

or take the person to:
– one of the 5 Safe Havens in Surrey and NE Hants (if there are no immediate physical health requirements)
– to an emergency department

3.Offer help and support – Offer an empathetic, listening ear. Let the person know that you care. If you would like professional support and advice, we can help. And remember to look after yourself and find someone to talk to if you are caring for a suicidal person.

If you or a loved one are struggling, reach out and ask for help. Here are just a few services in Surrey that can offer wellbeing help:

Catalyst / Community Connections– 1-1 support, wellbeing activities and signposting
Safe Havens – out of hours support for those experiencing mental health crisis
Mental Health Crisis Line – Surrey – 0800 915 4644
Oakleaf – Wellbeing groups / activities – Guildford and Waverley
Canterbury Care Centre – Wellbeing groups / activities – Guildford
Mary Frances Trust – 1-1 support, wellbeing groups, activities and signposting
Woking Mind – wellbeing groups, activities and signposting
Voluntary Support North Surrey – Amigo Project – encouraging engagement within the community

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