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.
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.
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
- Childline: 0800 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.
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:
- Suicide Prevention Guidance for frontline and volunteer workers and members of the public [PDF] this guidance has been produced by the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Suicide Prevention Steering Group. Its purpose is to help anyone supporting people during the Covid-19 pandemic in Nottingham City or Nottinghamshire County to feel more confident to talk to someone about suicide and details of key sources of support. The guidance also provides information that can help people to support their own mental wellbeing
- The it's safe to talk about suicide poster helps people know that it’s safe to talk about suicide, and the it's safe to talk about suicide leaflet [PDF] offers suggestions on how to do it and helpful organisations to contact.
- Ask twice campaign by Time to Change, on why we should always ask twice if we’re worried about someone
- SHUSH listening tips by Samaritans
- Worried about a friend? Starting a conversation flyer [PDF] developed by PAPYRUS and Nightline for young people
- Stay Alive App essential suicide prevention for everyday life. Includes quick access to UK national crisis support helplines, a mini-safety plan, a LifeBox to upload photos reminding them of their reasons to stay alive, and much more
- Free suicide prevention training by Zero Suicide Alliance, which is accessible to all. A range of awareness training options, which provide a better understanding of signs to look out for and skills required to approach someone who is struggling, whether that be through social isolation or suicidal thoughts.
Ways to improve your wellbeing
- 5 Ways to Wellbeing [PDF] tips on how you can look after your mental wellbeing
- 5 Ways to Wellbeing for Children and Young People [PDF] tips on how parents/carers can support their child’s wellbeing
- Wellbeing in the work place by Samaritans
- How to improve your mental wellbeing by Mind
- One You information on healthy lifestyle choices to help improve mental and physical wellbeing
- Mental Health and Wellbeing Information [PDF] advice of how to improve your mental health and details of support services available.
Useful websites and organisations
- National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) - more information about all the above plus other suicide prevention work and support available
- Samaritans - emotional support for anyone in distress
- Harmless - Nottingham-based user-led organisation that provides a range of services about self-harm and suicide prevention
- CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably, leading a movement against male suicide
- Mind - provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem
- Notts Help Yourself - advice, information and local services
- Ask LiON - find activities and support in Nottingham
- PAPYRUS - Prevention of Young Suicide
- Kooth - free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
- SHARP (Self-Harm Awareness and Resource Project)
- The Tomorrow Project - offers information, advice and emotional support to anyone who is feeling suicidal, anyone affected by suicide and professionals.
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.
- Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) talk to your GP or self-refer for the service. IAPT offers a range of face to face, telephone and digitally delivered therapies.
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) information about different types of therapy and how to access it
- British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) list of accredited CBT therapists and contact information
Infographics from National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) – Local Suicide Prevention Resources
Office for national statistics – Suicides in England and Wales: 2019 registrations