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Suicide prevention resources and services

The Suicide Prevention Network involves more than 20 organisations. Our vision is to make Hertfordshire a county where no-one ever gets to a point where they feel suicide is their only option.

In an emergency, if you or someone else is at risk of harm, call 999 or visit your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

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Helplines

24 hour confidential listening service providing emotional support for anyone in crisis

Confidential and anonymous support for men

Confidential helpline for under 35 at risk of suicide or anyone concerned about a young person

listening service for the LGBT+ community via phone, email or instant messaging

Services for adults

Make a referral or talk about an urgent mental health problem

Countywide out of hour’s mental health crisis centre for those aged 16+

Free, confidential talking therapy and practical support for people 16+

Prevention, recovery and support services for 16+ in Stevenage, St Albans, Hertford and Welwyn Garden City

Creating opportunities for individuals 18+ to build resilience and manage their whole life and wellbeing out of 7 wellbeing centres in Hertfordshire

Services for children

Counselling and therapeutic group work for adults and young people

Counselling centre's in Hatfield and Barnet

Counselling for young people in the District of St Albans

Counselling, coaching and other support to help young people aged 10-25 and living in South and West Hertfordshire overcome problems in their lives

Apps

Signposting for emergency or support services in Hertfordshire, as well as tools to help keep people safe in times of crisis and self-care ideas

Easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts

App designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm.

Online support

Kooth - free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

Shoutfree crisis text service for anyone, anywhere

Leaflets and practical resources

Help is at hand guide - from the beginning of a suicide bereavement; what to expect, what might happen now, emotional and practical support, and lots of links and contacts to organisations that can help you.

Spot the signs supporting someone with suicidal thoughts leaflet (PDF 501KB)O -pening in a new window - --  -how to support someone experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Mind: How to support someone who feels suicidal booklet (PDF 596KB)Opening in a new window  - how to support someone who feels suicidal, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.

Mind: How to cope with suicidal feelings booklet (PDF 238KB)Opening in a new window - for anyone experiencing suicidal feelings. It explains what suicidal feelings are, why you might feel that way, how you can help yourself cope right now, and in the long-term.

Spot the signs suicide prevention infographic (PDF 256KB)Opening in a new window - practical steps to support someone with thoughts of suicide.

BMJ Suicide intervention infographic (PDF 206KB)Opening in a new window - resource aimed at GPS to offer guidance on suicide risk assessment.

Hertfordshire Constabulary leaflet (PDF 1.1MB)Opening in a new window - what happens next and where you can get support.

Crisis management in the event of a suicide: a postvention toolkit for employers (PDF 4.7MB)Opening in a new window

Strategies and guidance

Hertfordshire Suicide Prevention Strategy 2017 - outlines our multi-agency approach to reach our vision that no one in Hertfordshire should feel that suicide is their only option.

Hertfordshire Suicide Prevention Sensitive Reporting Charter (PDF 633KB)Opening in a new window guidance for Hertfordshire journalists when reporting about suicide.

Social media agreement (PDF 165KB)Opening in a new window - for all organisations, teams and professionals that use social media to communicate messages relating to mental health within Hertfordshire.

Just Talk Men & Boys (PDF 1.5MB)Opening in a new window - how to engage men and boys in talking about mental health

Samaritans local and national suicide prevention strategiesnation-wide view of suicide prevention planning within local authorities in England.

National Suicide Prevention Alliance - organisations in England who care about suicide prevention and are willing to act to reduce suicide and support those bereaved or affected by suicide.

Samaritans social media guidance - guide for journalists and other organisations to sensitively cover suicide. 

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