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.
- Services for adults
- Services for children
- Online support
- Leaflets and practical resources
- Strategies and guidance
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
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.
Kooth - free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
Shout– free 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.
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 strategies - nation-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.