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Suicide prevention

Our work around suicide prevention and how to get help if you're feeling suicidal.

The effects of suicide can be devastating. Many people - friends, family, professionals, colleagues and wider society - will feel the impact.

We believe that too many people die from suicide in Derbyshire. We also believe that in many cases deaths may have been prevented if warning signs were recognised and appropriate support provided.

We have formed the Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Partnership Forum so that organisations from across the county can work together and help tackle the issue of suicide.

Our aim is simple. We want as few people as possible to die from suicide in Derby City and Derbyshire County.

We live in very challenging times and we know that the reasons why someone may choose to take their own life can be extremely complex.

There is no single organisation that can address all the factors that may contribute towards a suicide.

That’s why professionals, people in need, community groups, volunteers and individuals need to work together to reduce the risks of suicide.

The Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Strategic Framework sets out our approach to achieving our goals. It is attached to this page.

We commission free mental health training, including suicide awareness training, throughout Derbyshire. These courses are available to those who live or work in Derbyshire.

Getting help

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal there are people you can talk to:

  • Speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust
  • Use the Derbyshire Mental Health Helpline and Support Service, which is provided by experienced mental health practitioners and is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week, tel: 0800 028 0077
  • Call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on telephone 116 123 or contact Samaritans online
  • Use the Staying Safe website for support, information and making your own safety plan
  • Contact NHS 111, though be aware of delays in accessing this service
  • Make an urgent appointment to see your GP, who may be operating a callback service
  • Ring 999
  • If you require urgent medical intervention go to your nearest emergency department, though be aware that there are increased demands on and transmission risks in emergency departments at this time.

For further help and advice read about the support you can get in a crisis.

Partnership vision

That as few people as possible will die from suicide across Derby and Derbyshire.