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Getting Help

Suicide is the act of intentionally ending your life.

If you’re reading this because you have, or have had, thoughts about taking your life, it’s important you ask someone for help. It’s probably difficult for you to see at this time, but you’re not alone and not beyond help.

Many people who’ve had suicidal thoughts say they were so overwhelmed by negative feelings they felt they had no other option. However, with support and treatment they were able to allow the negative feelings to pass.

Local Support

You can self refer yourself to the Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service who offer a wide range of talking therapies, including bereavement counselling.

Mind BLMK provide advice and support to people with a mental health condition across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. You can self-refer yourself to their service. Attached is a document from Mind on how to support someone who is suicidal.

The Samaritans have local Branches within Bedfordshire. Bedford Samaritans can be contacted on 01234 211211 (local call charges apply). Luton, South Beds and Harpenden Samaritans can be contacted on 01582 720666 (local call charges apply). Note the national helpline is free to call: 116 123.

For those who need help, Cruse Bedfordshire also offers people in Bedfordshire and Luton bereavement support. The service is free and open to anyone over the age of 18.  Their policy is to treat each bereaved person as an individual with their own needs and to offer the support that is appropriate to them at this particular time in their life. Cruse also offer specific support for those bereaved by suicide.

Speak to your GP as they can help you get the support you need.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Bedfordshire are provided by the East London  Foundation Trust (ELFT). CAMHS see children and young people under the age of 18 who have a concern regarding their mental health, this will include self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Referrals to CAMHS need to be made by your GP. Within Bedfordshire there is a Bedford Borough CAMHS team, Central Bedfordshire CAMHS team (North), and Central Bedfordshire CAMHS team (South).

National Support

The Samaritans are a national charity and can be contacted 24 hours a day, for free, on 116 123, or email jo@samaritans.org 

NHS Choices provide a range of information regarding suicide, and sources of support

Mind is a national charity provide advice and support to people with a mental health condition. The MindinfoLine (0300 123 3393) offers callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues. Calls from anywhere in the UK are charged at local call. Their website also contains useful factsheets on mental health issues and booklets on specific topics can be purchased from their online shop.

Papyrus (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal

Men may be more likely to avoid or ignore problems and many are reluctant to talk about their feelings or seek help when they need it. A support group called the Campaign Against Living Miserable (CALM) is a support group specifically for men, and can be contacted on 0800 585858.

Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won't show up on your phone bill.

Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts


Stay Alive: A suicide prevention pocket resource for the UK
Stay Alive offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else. The app can be personalised to tailor it to the user.
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ASK & Prevent Suicide: Educational and crisis intervention resource
The ASK About Suicide to Save a Life app provides useful information to use as an educational resource as well as a crisis intervention resource for suicide prevention. Used in over 80 countries, this app is based on the best practices ASK suicide prevention training program. This app is based upon the Best Practice designated Ask About Suicide to Save a Life training program developed by the Texas Department of State Health Services and Mental Health America of Texas.
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Five Ways To Wellbeing: Set activities to improve your wellbeing
Live life to the full with this easy to use Five Ways to Wellbeing app. It offers a practical way to help you feel good and function well in the world. Reflect on your wellbeing, set activities to help you improve your wellbeing and track your progress - all from the comfort of your phone; whenever it suits you! Based on substantial research, use the Five Ways to Connect, Take Notice, Be Active, Keep Learning and Give your way to improved wellbeing.
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Suicide Lifeguard: For those concerned about others
Suicide Lifeguard is intended for anyone concerned that someone they know may be thinking of suicide.
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Safety Plan: Create your own safety plan
A safety plan is a list of coping strategies and social supports that people can use when they are in a suicidal crisis or very distressed. It helps them not act on their suicidal feelings. The plan is brief, is in the individuals' own words, and is easy to read. It is an emergency plan for suicide crises.
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My3 Support Network: Define your network, and your plan to stay safe
Stay connected to your network when you are in a time of crisis with MY3. With MY3, you define your network, and the plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are feeling suicidal. Remember, there is hope and a life to look forward to even in your darkest moments this app can help you get through the difficult moments. Who are your 3? Is it your sister, your therapist, or your neighbour down the street? Download this app to ensure that your 3 are there to help you when you need them most.
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