If you are feeling suicidal, there are people you can talk to:
- speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust
- call the Samaritans 24-hour support service, tel: 116 123
- go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
- contact NHS 111
- make an urgent appointment to see your GP
World Suicide Prevention Day
World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on 10 September each year and aims to promote worldwide action to prevent suicides.
To support the day in 2019 several football clubs across Derbyshire and Derby held awareness raising activities at football matches, including Chesterfield FC, Alfreton Town FC, Belper Town FC, Matlock Town FC, Sheffield FC and Derby County FC.
Staff and volunteers engaged fans at the six matches by handing out club-specific leaflets, raising awareness and having conversations, which directly impacted around 31,000 fans on the match-days.
Awareness was also raised with many more people before and after through club match day programmes, websites, screens and social and other media. This included both Chesterfield FC and Derby County FC each developing a film involving players promoting suicide prevention, which were shown on their big screens during half time on their match days.
Watch Chesterfield FC’s video
Watch Derby County FC's video
Real People, Real Stories new Samaritans campaign
Samaritans have launched a new awareness campaign called ' Real People, Real Stories' aimed at men aged 20 to 59 years old. The campaign involves men who have overcome tough times sharing their stories to encourage men, who are most at risk of suicide, to seek help by contacting Samaritans.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide is a self-help organisation who help to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide. SOBS have local support groups across the UK including local support groups in Derbyshire where individuals can meet with other people who have been bereaved by suicide. They provide an opportunity to listen, to share, to ask questions and to connect with others.
Further information and resources
Together with the Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Partnership forum we've produced a poster, leaflet and z-card with information and advice for how you can help if someone is feeling suicidal. These documents are attached to this page.