Outlined below are details of websites which have free resources relating to suicide prevention.
The resources include booklets, factsheets, guides for schools and colleges and toolkits for employers.
The Samaritans provide emotional support to anyone who is struggling to cope and needs someone to listen.
Its website includes information to support anyone who is looking for support for themselves or others as well as advice and information to support wellbeing and suicide prevention in the workplace, schools, media, prisons, military etc.
Call: 116 123 (available everyday, 24 hours)
Samaritans also works in partnership with other leading mental health organisations to provide one-to-one support for frontline workers by call or text.
The Mental Health At Work website includes information about the service as well as access to resources, tips and ideas for looking after your mental health.
Text: FRONTLINE to 85258
Call: 0800 069 6222 (available 7am to 11pm)
This site brings together a wide range of free resources relating to mental health at work. The site includes documents, guides, tips, videos, courses, podcasts, templates and information from organisations across the UK. You can search the site by subject, or for industry specific resources. Some of the resources relate to suicide prevention and suicide bereavement.
The national charity Mind, provides information on a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. The areas covered include coping with suicidal feelings and supporting someone who feels suicidal. This information can be read online and downloaded free from the links below. Hard copies of these booklets can also be bought from the site:
The NSPA website brings together a range of suicide prevention resources produced by different organisations. These cover:
policy and strategy
data and analysis
providing individual support
local suicide prevention planning
at risk populations
toolkits and guides
The materials can be downloaded from the NSPA resources webpages.
PAPYRUS works on preventing young suicide (under 35s). The website has a section with resources which can be downloaded which includes:
- Templates for suicide safety plans.
- Details of how to create a hope box or hope book.
- Suggested distraction techniques.
- Suggestions for coping strategies.
- A conversation starter.
- Leaflets for young people and the adults supporting them.
You can also download PAPYRUS' guide for schools and colleges from this page.
he Zero Suicide Alliance's site has searchable resource pages. These pages list a wide range of suicide prevention resources (many of which are free). The areas covered include:
help lines, text lines and chat bots
It's thought that the stigma around mental health problems and suicide, is one of the reasons why people are often reluctant to talk about how they are feeling and to seek help. Because of this, suicide prevention work often focuses on talking and on challenging and reducing stigma.
Time to Change
Time to Change is a social movement which encourages us all to talk more openly about mental health. The aim of the movement is to change negative attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems.
The Time to Change website offers a wide range of free downloadable resources, which can be used to increase people's understanding of mental health problems and to challenge stigma and discrimination. The range of resources includes, anti-stigma materials for schools and workplaces, as well as posters, screen savers, postcards, bunting, email signatures and social media images. Some of the Time to Change materials can be customized for your own events.
Young Minds provides a range of information, advice and resources for supporting mental health and wellbeing of young people.
It provides support to parents as well as a free Crisis Messenger service for young people experiencing a mental health crisis.