Making Suicide Prevention Everyone's Business

Sunday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day. Find out what we're doing to raise awareness and what you can do if you or someone you know is struggling

We are teaming up with suicide bereavement ambassador, Angela Samata, to help shape a new suicide prevention strategy for Surrey and north east Hampshire.

Making Suicide Prevention Everyone's BusinessAngela (pictured below right) presented the BAFTA nominated 2015 BBC One documentary ‘Life After Suicide’, which documents the story of her husband Mark’s suicide, as well as her journey across Britain to meet other people affected by suicide. Angela is also an Ambassador for the charity Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide and regularly speaks at conferences and events about her experiences.

Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day , on 10th September, Jo Young, our Chief Nursing Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, said: “Angela is a nationally recognised voice on suicide prevention and we are extremely pleased that she is going to be working with us. People who have experienced suicide in their families make an invaluable contribution to our understanding of people’s distress and are often at higher risk of committing suicide themselves, so it’s really important that we include the voices of those with lived experience of suicide bereavement in shaping our suicide prevention strategy.”

Angela Samata, said: “I’m really excited to begin working with the Trust. I have been impressed with the way the Trust has endeavoured to include and engage with people such as myself who have been bereaved by suicide. I look forward to bringing my years of work in this area and lived experience of suicide bereavement to the role to support people who use Trust services and their families and carers, as well as staff in co-producing new suicide prevention training.”

According to the Office for National Statistics there were 4820 people who were recorded as having died by suicide in England in 2015. In Surrey many people who died by suicide had not had any contact with mental health services such as those offered by the Trust.

Jo Young, continued: “It is really important that anyone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts should seek help immediately. This could even just be talking to a friend or loved one over a cup of tea. Mental ill-health can stem from everyday struggles we all face, such as relationship problems, financial problems, family problems and work related issues. If left, these can escalate and often leave people with the feeling there is no hope.

“There is always help available – so don’t be afraid to be honest about how you are feeling.”

Getting help:

  • Talk to a loved one, a friend or someone you trust. It can be extremely beneficial to share your feelings, and often solutions and resolutions can emerge from simply talking something through.
  • Contact your GP and ask for an emergency appointment or visit A&E in an emergency.
  • The Samaritans can offer telephone support 24 hours a day on 116 123.
  • Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide is a charity which offers a range of support services for people affected by suicide. There is a Guildford and Surrey support group. Call 0300 111 5065 for more information.
  • For NHS mental health crisis advice out of hours, call the evening and weekend Mental Health Crisis Helpline on 0300 456 8342 to speak to a trained mental health practitioner. Lines are open 5pm-9am Monday – Friday and round the clock on weekends and bank holidays (SMS Text on 07717 98 90 24).
  • Visit one of the five walk-in Safe Havens during evenings and weekends to talk about your mental health with a trained professional and get advice from local mental health organisations.

For children and young people:

  • The CYP Haven in Guildford offers a friendly and safe environment for young people between the age of 10-18 to talk about their mental health. There is a youth support worker, mental health practitioner and peer support worker present during opening hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-8:30pm and 12-6pm on Sundays.