Dealing with suicidal thoughts

Dealing with suicidal thoughts


In support of World Suicide Prevention Day tomorrow (Wednesday September 10th), West Sussex County Council reminds people of the support available to anyone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts.

The advice is if you are going through a difficult time or are worried about someone else, don’t go through it alone…TALK:

  • tell someone what you are thinking and how you are feeling;
  • ask for their help or seek help;
  • listen to their advice or seek advice from others; and
  • know who to call in a crisis and keep the number with you at all times.

Christine Field, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: “There are things we can all do to raise awareness of the signs to look out for, and know what to do if we are worried about someone.

“It’s vital that we continue to encourage people to feel that they can talk about their problems. It is so important for anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts to realise that they are not alone, that there are people who can offer confidential and non-judgmental support and advice.

“Your GP is often the best place to start, who can suggest treatment and if necessary refer you to a specialist who may be able to help more.”

Help, websites and support groups:

Samaritans – phone: 08457 909090 or local Worthing branch 01903 205555 or visit their Website

Papyrus – a service for young people at risk of suicide. Phone: 0800 0684141 or Website

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – A service for young men. Phone: 0800 585858 or Website

Childline – Phone: 0800 1111 or Website