We believe it’s vitally important to listen to people experiencing suicidal thoughts and treat them with compassion and respect.

They should be heard – and not shut down.

We know there’s been a lot of discussion in the media over the past few days about suicide and suicidal thoughts.

How people are treated – both publicly and privately - when they reveal they’ve experienced these thoughts is crucial not only in the support they receive, but also in tackling any stigma or negative attitudes towards mental health and suicide.

It paves the way for what people facing these experiences in the future will encounter.

We believe anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should be able to reach out for support or talk about these feelings without being judged or criticised.

It’s important they know they are not alone.

Organisations such as the Samaritans offer vital, life-saving help when it’s needed.

And counselling can be an important place for people to explore their suicidal thinking and find safer ways of supporting themselves at times of distress. 

Our members also understand that many kinds of emotional pain can lead to thoughts of suicide, and have experience in helping clients by supporting them to share thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental, safe space.

They work with people on ways to feel safe and re-engage with life.

Finding support

If you or someone you know is looking for help or support regarding suicidal thoughts, contact:

Samaritans - call free 24 hours a day on 116 123

We are a member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance.