Preventing suicides in Lincolnshire
Every suicide is an individual tragedy and a terrible loss to society. Suicides are not inevitable and everybody can play a role in preventing them.
New suicide prevention campaign ‘Lincolnshire Suicide SAFE’ aims to get local communities involved in helping to prevent suicides in the county and raise awareness of what we can all do to support our friends, family, colleagues and neighbours.
We have signed up to the Lincolnshire Suicide SAFE charter to play our part and will be doing what we can to support vulnerable people and help keep people safe from preventable harm.
The reasons for suicide can be very complex, but generally it’s the result of problems or worries building up to a point where someone feels they cannot cope anymore and can’t see another option or way out. A recent loss or break up of a relationship, problems with work or money, or living alone with little social contact can all be reasons people think about suicide, even if they have never had a mental health problem before.
It is often difficult to identify whether you or someone you are worried about is struggling to cope, however being able to recognise some of the signs is a good start. You can read more about this and how to get help on www.lpft.nhs.uk/suicidesafe
If you’re feeling suicidal
If you are feeling suicidal, it is important to talk to people about your feelings.
You can talk to:
- a family member, friend or colleague - sharing how you feel can bring huge relief
- a helpful advisor - by phoning in complete confidence and anonymity to a helpline such as Samaritans on 116 123. More helpful resources are available here
- your doctor - may be able to help you or signpost you to the help you need
- your mental health care team - if you are already seeing a psychiatrist, psychologist or community psychiatric nurse.
For more advice and information on who to contact visit www.lpft.nhs.uk/suicidesafe
If the emergency you are experiencing has an immediate life threatening danger call 999 or go to your nearest accident and emergency department.
If you need help fast but don't think it's a 999 emergency, you can call Samaritans on 116 123 or NHS 111. Calls from landlines and mobile phones are free.
You should call 111 if:
- you don’t think you can wait for an appointment with your GP
- you don’t know who to call for medical help.
Worried about someone else?
Don’t be afraid to speak to someone you are worried about.
Asking ‘are you ok?’ is the right thing to do. Many people are uncomfortable talking directly about suicide, but there is no evidence that talking about suicide can be harmful - quite the opposite in fact. Asking the question directly enables people to take stock and can diffuse a situation.
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For more information on the signs someone might be struggling or advice on how to help visit www.lpft.nhs.uk/suicidesafe