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Suicide prevention support

Suicide support helplines

Papyrus HOPELINE UK: confidential support and advice for young people under 35; and for anyone worried about a young person.

  • Telephone: 0800 068 41 41 (Mon-Fri, 10.00am-10.00pm; Sat-Sun, 2.00pm-10.00pm; bank holidays, 2.00pm-5.00pm)
  • Text: 0778 620 9697
  • Email:

Childline: 24 hour confidential helpline for children and young people.

  • Telephone: 0800 1111

Samaritans: charity aimed at providing support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide

Papyrus: Parents' Guide To Keep Kids Suicide-Free 

Papyrus: Parents' Guide To Keep Kids Suicide-Free cover

Papyrus has launched a new guide to help desperate parents who fear for their children’s lives, the new guide offers practical and professional advice to help break the silence around self-harm and suicide and encourage fearful parents to talk to their children before it is too late. The guide, Supporting Your Child - Self-Harm and Suicide, has been endorsed by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

It was commissioned by the mother and father of a 15-year-old boy who took his own life, parents who were frustrated by the lack of information and resources for worried families.

The guide can be downloaded here

School support

Papyrus a national charity for the prevention for young suicide, targeted at young people under the age of 35, has a range of free information including suicide safety plans, coping strategies and conversation starters available to download. .

Building Suicide-Safer Schools and Colleges: A Guide for Teachers and Staff

Overview: a guide to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention in schools and colleges, aimed specifically at teachers as well as school or college staff. It aims to equip teachers with the skills and knowledge necessary to support schoolchildren who may be having suicidal thoughts.

Our guide uses a ‘community-model’ – supporting the belief that suicide is everyone’s business and that the community must be equipped and supported to prevent young suicide – as well as urging children young people to speak up or ask for help.

To download please use the following link: Guide for teachers and staff

Step by Step is a Samaritans service that provides practical support and guidance to help school and college communities prepare for, and recover from a suspected or attempted suicide.

The Step by Step team aims to:

  • Provide information and support to help the school community come to terms with what has happened and prevent stigma and isolation in the school community;
  • Support school communities to reduce the risk of further suicide;
  • Reach out to high risk people and communities to reduce the risk of further suicide

Samaritans' booklet 'Help When We Needed it Most' is a resource to help to plan and deliver an effective response, available in the downloadable section at the bottom of the page.

Contact: 0808 168 2528 /

Website: Samaritans

Free online Training: Suicide Let's Talk

Suicide let's talk

Overview: The training is suitable for anyone - carers, family members and professionals. It is not mental health-specific, but provides a useful approach to talking about suicide and signposting people to professional help.

The training has been developed in partnership between Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and Relias for the Zero Suicide Alliance.

To access the training please use the following link: Suicide Let's Talk

Salford Suicide Prevention Strategy 2017-2022

Preventing suicide in Salford: all public sector partners in Salford are working together to address the devastating impact that suicide has on families and communities and ensure that suicide should always be considered an avoidable occurrence.

Salford’s Vision: Our vision is that Salford is a city where suicide is considered to be an avoidable occurrence; where key partners work together to ensure that appropriate and accessible support is available at a time of personal crisis; where people do not consider suicide as the only solution to the difficulties that they face; a city which strives towards an aspiration of zero deaths by suicide.

Our objectives are:

  1. Salford will achieve Suicide Safer Community accreditation
  2. Develop an awareness of suicide prevention and increase capacity of individuals and organisations to respond to and engage proactively with individuals in distress and individual who are perceived to be at high risk of suicide.
  3. Provide effective support to individuals who have been affected by a suicide bereavement
  4. Build a wider partnership approach
  5. Align and / or incorporate the Salford Suicide Prevention Strategy with other strategies and programmes
  6. Making a difference

The strategy and action plan can be accessed on the Salford ICP website.

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