Suicide awareness

We want to continue to work with partners, including Nottingham City Council, to raise awareness around suicide and let everyone know about the support and resources available.

Mail and Female suicide rates in the UK in 2018 per 100,000 population

According to the National Suicide Prevention Alliance, between 6,000 and 7,000 people die by suicide every year, that’s someone dying by suicide approximately every 90 minutes. It remains the leading cause of death in men under 50 and 75% of people who die by suicide are men. In Nottinghamshire county alone, there were 199 deaths by suicide between 2017 and 2019. In Nottingham City, there were 99 suicides.

75% of suicides are by men

The cause of suicide is complex, and we can’t expect to remove all risk, however, there is much that can be done. The most important thing we can do is start a conversation, be vocal about mental health, in our schools, in our workplaces, in our communities. It’s ok to need help and there are people who are willing to listen and give you that help. 

Suicide is preventable, we have to remember that. That's why we have to take more action to let people know their lives are important because when suicidal thoughts are at their strongest it's hard for people to see their own worth. James Withey, The Recovery Letters

How to get help


Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Mental Health Crisis Line is available to anyone in mental health crisis anytime and anywhere across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The crisis line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages. The crisis line is operated by local health workers, who will help get you the right support.

Please call if you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need immediate help: 0808 196 3779. 

  • Samaritans: 116 123 (free, for everyone, 24/7)
  • CALM, for men: 0800 585858 or webchat (5pm-midnight, 365 days per year)
  • Hub of Hope will find your nearest support centre. You can also text HOPE to 85258 for 24/7 crisis support across the UK.
  • The Silverline: 0800 4 70 80 90 helpline for older people, 24/7
  • PAPYRUS Hopeline: 0800 068 4141 (9am-midnight) for children and young people under the age of 35
  • Childline0800 1111 (online and 24/7 phone support for under 18s).
  • The Mix support service for children and young people aged 25 and under: 0808 808 4994 or webchat (3pm to 12am, 7 days a week), text message support, text THEMIX to 85258 (24/7)
  • Shout: text SHOUT to 85258 (24/7), free confidential text support for anyone of any age.

Crisis Sanctuaries

Nottinghamshire Crisis Sanctuaries [PDF] provide mental health crisis support to local communities across the county. Up-to-date full addresses, contact details and opening times are available on the Crisis Sanctuary website

Starting a conversation about mental health

Sometimes it can be difficult to start a conversation about mental health and know the right words to say or where to go. Here are some useful tools to guide you:

Ways to improve your wellbeing

Useful websites and organisations

Access to therapy

You can make an appointment with your GP to get a variety of treatment options including therapy. Here are some other ways to access therapy services.


Infographics from National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) – Local Suicide Prevention Resources

HM Government and Department of Health. Preventing suicide in England: A cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives. Evidence Brief. 2012

Office for national statistics – Suicides in England and Wales: 2019 registrations


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