Feeling suicidal

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If you or someone else is in immediate danger call 999

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides a telephone helpline through Support Matters Cornwall.

Out of hours support is available from 5.00pm to 9.00am on weekdays and 24 hours a day at weekends and bank holidays.

The service is open to all people aged 16+ under the care of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's mental health services. You can call free on 0800 001 4330. Support can be delivered over the telephone, via text, email or web chat.

How to help yourself 

  • Visit A&E if you are concerned that you can’t keep yourself safe
  • Dial 999 if you are unable to visit A&E and you have harmed yourself
  • Talk to your GP, tell the receptionist about how you feel so they can make the GP aware as soon as possible
  • Talk to someone who can understand such as Samaritans, you can call them free from a mobile or landline on 116 123
  • Make a safety plan using the Staying Safe online plan

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) 5pm - midnight 0800 585858 or use the webchat facility on their website

Childline (for anyone under 19) free to call 0800 1111

Papyrus (for people under 35) 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri 10am-10pm Sat-Sun 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–5pm or text 07786 209 697

Samaritans free to call from landline or mobile 24/7 365 days a year 116 123

SHOUT - a new 24/7 text service for anyone who is in a crisis you can text 85258

Valued Lives - is a crisis service ithat can support you if you are experiencing mental/emotional distress. They use social interventions to support you to break down the things that are causing stress, and begin to move forward in manageable steps. 

How to help someone who is feeling suicidal

If you are concearned that someone is feeling suicidal, they have already made an attempt at suicide, or they have told you that they are intending to end their life and they are in immediate danger then you should call 999.

If someone has said that they have thoughts of suicide and that they don't know what they want to do, then you should support them to call their GP, and tell the receptionist the situation.

The Staying Safe website has instant online access to help you talk to someone, and the best ways to help them. It's important that the person you are talking to feels listened to, and that someone cares about them.

If you would like to take part in free training to help you talk to people about suicide you can find information on training and dates on the Healthy Cornwall website, and click on suicide first aid.

Have you or someone else been affected by suicide?

Being bereaved by suicide can have an impact on loved ones left behind.

In Cornwall we have a dedicated service which can support friends and family of someone who has died by suicide. The Outlook South West Suicide Liaison Service provides support through trainined professionals with specialist skills. If you or someone you know would like to access this free service you can call them direct on 01208 871905, or referrals can be made by your GP/health professional.

The Help at Hand book is full of helpful tips and information for anyone who needs support after someone they know has died by suicide.

If you have been affected by the sucide of a work colleague, a suicide in the workplace pack is available for you to download. We hope that you'll never need it, but we want to make sure you're equipped if you do. It provides useful information and guidance for when the crisis happens, and for looking out for signs of post trauntic stress and secondary trauma in colleagues in the weeks that follow. It's important to identify any staff who might be struggling and to let everyone know that it's OK to admit they are struggling.