Suicide remains a major public health concern and affects families and communities across the world. According to World Health Organization (WHO) over 800,000 people die by suicide across the world each year. In 2013, the Samaritans reported over 6000 suicides in the UK, with male suicide rates around three times higher than females.
Spot The Signs
Prevention begins with recognising the warning signs and knowing how to get help. If you are having, or have had thoughts of suicide, it is important that you ask for help and get support that you need.
Suicidal thoughts can happen to anyone, and while there is no single cause there are many different triggers. A history of mental health difficulty, substance abuse and/or difficulty in life can make people more vulnerable to suicide.
It is important that you receive the help that you need; there is support and treatment available to you. Improving your mental health can involve a combination of talking therapies, medication and self-help.
How can ELFT help?
Talking about your problems can help people to overcome this difficult time. Psychotherapy or ‘Talking Therapies’ can help people to deal with difficult or stressful experiences. It can help you to manage the way you think about things and approach challenges situations and to consider alternative actions if thoughts of suicide arise.
The Trust provides a range of talking therapies, support and interventions. It is a free and confidential service that offers quick and easy access to help and support. You can ask your doctor to refer you to the service or contact them directly by telephone, website.
Newham Talking Therapies
Vicarage Lane Health Centre
10 Vicarage Lane
London E15 4ES
Telephone: 020 8536 2161
Richmond Wellbeing Service
NHS Richmond Wellbeing Service
St Johns Health Centre
Oak Lane Twickenham TW1 3PA
Telephone: 020 8548 5550
Luton Wellbeing Service
Bedfordshire LU1 1LY
Tel: 01582 393 13
Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service
Twinwoods Health Resource Centre, Milton Road, Clapham,
Bedford MK41 6AT
Getting help in an emergency
If you feel your mental health is deteriorating or if you are in distress and you need to contact a health professional out of office hours, you can call one of the numbers below for the borough you live in:
For Bedfordshire - call 0330 124 1771
For City of London and Hackney - call 0208 510 8366
For Luton - call 0330 124 1771
For Newham - call 020 8709 5555
For Tower Hamlets - call 020 3594 3179
For urgent medical help or advice call 111, in an emergency call 999