Posted 14th February 2018.
Suicide is something which can affect anyone whether that be personally or through family members or friends. There are many organisations which support people who may be contemplating suicide. Samaritans operate a 24 hours 365 days a year helpline. You don’t have to be suicidal to contact them, pick up the phone or ask for help before you get to this point, you may be surprised how many people actually want to help and who actually care about your welfare.
You can contact Samaritans free any time, from any phone on 116 123.
Another organisation which offers support to you people who are thinking about suicide is Papyrus. They also have a helpline called the HOPEline UK. This phone line is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to Children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone who is concerned about a young person.
There are several ways you can get in touch with the Papryus team:
Call: 0800 068 41 41 (HOPEline UK)
SMS: 07786 209697
Or you can visit their website to find out more https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
You may be reading this information thinking how do I start that conversation, where can I get help. This is completely normal. All the services listed here will speak to you in a non-judgemental way and will support and help you though your issues. The team in Pod will also help you to engage with external services if you don’t feel ready to contact them alone. You wouldn’t be the first person who was struggling to find the words to express the way you feel. Watch this short video for some advice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dqb-n_L5hIA
When we say suicide affects everyone we really mean it. Did you know that suicide is the single biggest killer of young men in the UK. This video clip shows how ‘ludicrous’ it is to bottle up your feelings. If you’re struggling, talk about it, get help. All the organisations listed above are here to help people who may be experiencing problem that they just can’t cope with.
There is a very clear message here, come and ask for help. Get support to feel better. Do it in your own way, call a help line, send a text to a helpline visit a website, drop into Pod to speak to Student Services staff. It’s up to you, you are in control of your support.