Suicide prevention

It’s widely recognised that any period of change or uncertainty that brings about fear or anxiety can have an effect on our Mental Health. That effect can be short term or much longer term, with or without significant impact to our daily lives.

Whilst many of us will be able to manage our mental health ourselves or with support, a stark reality is that there are close to 800,000 suicides a year globally. That’s one person taking their life every 40 seconds. And unfortunately, the number of attempted suicides per year is estimated at 20x that.

But suicide is preventable.

Signs you might need support:

  • Feeling depressed, withdrawn or anxious
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or activities
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Acting impulsively or not caring what happens to them
  • Giving away possessions or making a will
  • Talking about wanting to end it all or talking about suicide

If you need urgent medical attention due to your mental health, please contact your GP, Accident & Emergency at your nearest hospital, or the Samaritans on 116 123, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Non urgent support can be found here.


You’ll also find support at:


24-hour emotional support for anyone who needs to talk. Calls are free from all providers and do not appear on bills.

Call 116 123 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)


Listening services, information and support for men at risk of suicide.

Call 0800 585858 (5pm-midnight, 7 days a week)

Papyrus HOPELineUK

Provides information and support for anyone under 35 who is struggling with suicidal feelings, or anyone concerned about a young person who might be struggling.

Call 0800 0684141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm, UK bank holidays 2pm-10pm)
Text 07786 209697

Stay Alive

An app with help and resources for people who feel suicidal or are supporting someone else who may be suicidal.


Togetherall – an excellent support programme which is funded by the Seafarers Hospital Society

Togetherall provides online support 24/7 in a safe, supportive and anonymous environment. You can access trained counsellors, a support network, self-help materials and one-to-one therapy. This is just like conventional face-to-face therapy, but it’s delivered online via webcam, audio or instant messaging.

Thanks to funding from the Seafarers Hospital Society, free support is now available to all working and retired Merchant Navy seafarers and fishers of any nationality who are based in the UK, and their families.



Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text support service. By texting the word ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 you will start a conversation with a trained Shout Volunteer.

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