If you need urgent crisis support, call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Crisis Line on 0808 196 3779 (24/7) or the Samaritans on 116 123 (24/7 ).
If you need immediate help because you can’t keep yourself safe or have already harmed yourself, seek emergency help either by phoning 999 or by visiting your local A&E.
Preventing suicide is everybody’s business: one in five people have suicidal thoughts at some point in their life. Most of us may have been affected by suicide in some way either directly or indirectly. Suicide is not inevitable and can be prevented.
Select a drop-down below to find more information and resources.
People from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have shared their personal stories of overcoming thoughts of suicide or bereavement by suicide. By telling their stories they aim to show that recovery and remaining hopeful is possible.
Each film is around 5 minutes long.
If you are feeling vulnerable right now, it might not be the right time to watch.
If you need support, please use these webpages to explore organisations and services available locally.
If you need immediate support, the following services offer support at any time, night or day.
- Nottinghamshire Crisis Line on 0808 196 3779
- Text NOTTS to 85258
- Samaritans on 116 123
After losing his mum to suicide and experiencing his own mental health and substance misuse problems, Julian hit rock bottom. Recognising he couldn’t do it on his own, he built up a network of support around him to help find his feet and now feels hopeful about his future and life. “I feel hopeful, I feel alive, I feel life again”.
After emotional and mental health issues resulting from a brain injury at birth, an abortion and relationship difficulties left Stephania with substance misuse issues and thoughts of suicide. Over the years, she’s found support through drug treatment programmes enabling her to stay clean. She feels positive and productive. “Cut yourself some slack and take one day at a time”.
After experiencing postnatal depression and a history of self-harm as a teenager, Nathalie found herself considering suicide. She talked to her GP who helped her understand it was her emotional pain not her life that she wanted to be free of. She’s sharing her experience to offer hope to others.
Bereaved by suicide, Vicky used the loss of her husband to raise awareness of suicide and its impact on those left behind. In doing so, she helped to manage her own grief and find a way to look forward to life. “With the right support, you can create a new life and that new life can be amazing”.
After experiencing mental health concerns as a teenager, Natalia found herself experiencing thoughts of suicide. After experimenting with different forms of help, she’s now found the right combination and feels able to pursue life in a healthier way. “It’s easy to overlook suicidality in everyday life but its not the end, its just another part of being human”.
If you are having thoughts about suicide, help is available. If you are in need of urgent support, call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Crisis Line on 0808 196 3779 (24/7) or if you need immediate help because you can’t keep yourself safe or have already harmed yourself, seek emergency help either by phoning 999 or by visiting your local A&E.
Nottinghamshire Crisis Sanctuaries are open to anyone over 18 who feels they are in, or near, a mental health crisis and need a safe space to talk. They are open 4pm to 11pm, 7 days a week. You can call them on 0115 844 1846 or visit The Nottinghamshire Crisis Sanctuaries .
Talking to someone can be the first step to getting the help you need. Tell a friend, family member, work colleague, GP or anyone else you can trust. If you want to talk to a stranger, call the Samaritans on 116 123 (24/7). If you want more time to compose your thoughts, you can also email the Samaritans email@example.com.
Follow your safety plan if you have one. If you don’t have one, safety plans remind us of how we can help ourselves get through hard times or during a crisis. You could create one yourself or with someone you trust. They can be a reminder of who is there to support us, practical ways to keep us safe, positive ways to distract ourselves and what we can do if we are at risk of hurting ourselves. You can find more information by visiting the StayAlive or Staying Safe website.
Other resources which might help you
There may be other support services that you may find helpful in the “support services” section.
If you think someone is in immediate danger or has harmed themselves call 999 or take them to A&E if it is safe to do so. Make sure that they are not left alone and stay with them until they are seen by someone from the mental health team.
Other options include encouraging them to:
- Call their GP for an emergency appointment
- Call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Crisis Line on 0808 196 3779 (24/7)
- Call the Samaritans on 116 123 (24/7)
If you are concerned about someone, it is always safest to ask. There may or may not be signs.
Remember that it is ok to talk to about suicide and self-harm. Talking doesn’t increase the risk and can do the opposite. We know that asking isn’t always easy and talking about suicide and self-harm can feel scary. The free online training below can help you to feel more confident to speak to someone about suicide.
You can also find helpful information on the It's safe to talk about suicide leaflet [PDF]
Other helpful resources include:
- It's okay to talk about self-harm leaflet [PDF]
- Download the R;ipple suicide prevention tool which provides messages of hope and support services when someone tries to search for harmful content online. It's free for individuals/schools/colleges and works on laptops and desktops. Find more information at R;pple Suicide Prevention.
There are other resources in the ‘I am feeling suicidal’ section which you might want to share with someone you are concerned about.
Supporting someone who is struggling can be difficult and distressing. It’s really important that you take care of yourself as well. The Tomorrow Project can offer support to anyone affected by suicide. You can call them on 0115 880 0280, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Any bereavement can be very hard but losing someone to suicide can bring different challenges.
You don’t have to grieve for someone you have lost to suicide alone. It’s important to talk to people, and to seek support. The Tomorrow Project offers support to anyone bereaved by suicide, you can email email@example.com or text on 07594 008 356.
You could also:
- Speak to your GP
- Speak to a friend, family member, work colleague, anyone else you can trust.
- Call the Samaritans on 116 123 (24/7), or message them by sending the text Shout to 85258.
- Contact Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide – Overcoming the isolation of people bereaved by suicide.
If you need urgent crisis support, call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Crisis Line on 0808 196 3779 (24/7). If you need immediate help because you don’t think you can keep yourself safe, or have taken an overdose, phone 999. If you need immediate help because you can’t keep yourself safe or have already harmed yourself, seek emergency help either by phoning 999 or by visiting your local A&E.
If you need help with funeral costs, Quaker Social Action may be able to help
The NottAlone website contains a wealth of information and advice as well as details of relevant support services for children and young people to support their mental wellbeing.
Be U Notts provides free mental health support for children and young people across Nottinghamshire (excludes Bassetlaw).
You may also find information listed in the other tabs on this webpage helpful.
Preventing suicide is everyone’s business.
What you can do as a professional
Learn how to talk about suicide – take the free 20minute online training provided by Zero Suicide Alliance and gain confidence in how to ask about suicide. 20 minute suicide awareness training (zerosuicidealliance.com)
Understand what support is available. Look at the Local Support Services section of this webpage. Thinking of it as facilitating access to support can feel more helpful than signposting. It may be easier to do this in some situations than others perhaps depending on role or location.
Examples of how to do this might include:
- “If I provide a list of available support shall we look at it together?”
- “You can read it in your own time and we can review in a couple of days”
- “Shall we look through this website and see whether anything looks helpful for you at the moment?”
- “Is there anything I can do to help you to make that phone call”
Join the Nottingham/Nottinghamshire Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Network – either to attend events or sign up to the newsletter.
Understand The Samaritans' Media Guidelines on sharing information about suicide in any capacity to help ensure it's done well and reduces the risk of suicide.
For more information on training for organisations, resources, the Stakeholder Network or the Nottingham/Nottinghamshire Suicide Prevention work, email Suicide.Prevention@nottscc.gov.uk
If your work involves supporting someone who is struggling, it can be difficult and distressing. It’s really important that you take care of yourself as well. The Tomorrow Project can offer support to anyone affected by suicide. You can call them on 0115 880 0280, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Suicide Prevention Communications Materials
- Suicide Prevention Poster (A4) [PDF]
- Suicide Prevention Poster (A4 greyscale) [PDF]
- Suicide Prevention Email Footer (700x300) [JPG]
- Suicide Prevention Microsoft Teams Background (1920x1080) [JPG]
- Suicide Prevention Digital Screen Image (1920x1080) [JGP]
- Suicide Prevention Digital Screen Image (1080x1920) [JPG]
Social media assets
- OK To Talk (639x626) [JPG]
- Talking Saves Lives (1080x1080) [JPG]
- Helpline [GIF]
- How Are You [GIF]
- Perfect Words [GIF]
- Really OK [GIF]
- Struggling [GIF]
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
Additional Resources for Professionals
Local Support Services
- Nottinghamshire Mental Health Crisis Line 0808 196 3779 (24/7)
- Crisis Sanctuaries available 7 days per week 4pm-11pm. nottinghamshirecrisissanctuaries.tv or telephone 0330 822 4100 during these hours.
- Harmless – support for self-harm. Referral line 0115 880 0280, or email@example.com
- The Tomorrow Project – support for suicidal thoughts/crisis & support for people who’ve been exposed to suicide . Referral line 0115 880 0280, or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find other local support services by looking on:
Other Support Services
- Samaritans website or call on 116 123
- SHOUT: is a free, confidential, anonymous text support service for anyone struggling to cope. Available 24/7. Text NOTTS to 85258.
- Stay Alive app
- Papyrus UK Suicide Prevention, prevention of young suicide
- Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
- Be U Support – free mental health support for children and young people
- NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Talking Therapies - Tel: 0333 188 1060
- East Midlands Gambling Harms Service - A free, confidential service for adults experiencing gambling-related harms.
- Op COURAGE | The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service (opcouragemidlands.nhs.uk)
Please see our resources and guidance on our Self-Harm Prevention page