There are local services and resources out there to help you when speaking to people who are struggling to cope and expressing thoughts of suicide or self harm.

It’s a difficult topic and many of us feel ill equipped to progress the conversation and feel confident in our skills in supporting someone in a crisis. The fact that someone is expressing their thoughts to you is a positive thing and by actively listening and creating a space for them to talk, you are already de–escalating their risk.

You can find locally produced guidance here to help you in your role when talking with someone you are concerned about, particularly if you are worried they may want to end their life. Please save it somewhere for future reference.

The Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service is a peer led service and is effective in reducing further suicides. Those who have lost someone they know to suicide are at a greater risk of taking their own
life. If you are supporting anyone who has been bereaved by suicide please do refer them to this local service.

There is also the Supporting Young People who self-harm or feel suicidal resource and the local Crisis Cards which have recently been updated. Paper copies are available through the Public Health Resource Centre.