Worried about someone?


It can be very upsetting if someone you know and care for feels suicidal.

They may have talked directly about wanting to end their life, or you may be worried that they are thinking about it. Many people feel unsure of what to do, or that they might makes things worse.

It is very common to fear that asking someone directly about their suicidal feelings will make things worse, or somehow put ideas into their heads. This is a myth. In the majority of situations people feel relieved to be able to talk about their suicidal thoughts. Dont leave suicide as an elephant in the room.

There are lots of things that might help. Encourage them to talk about their feelings, to seek treatment and support. Offer emotional support and practical support. The most important thing though is compassion, listening and most not over-reacting or becoming upset.

It may also be helpful to remove things that someone could use to harm themselves, particularly if they have mentioned specific things they might use.

If you feel they are at immediate and real risk of taking their own life encourage the person to contact 999 immediately.


What to do in an emergency

If someone you know is in immediate danger of seriously harming/killing themselves:

Contact their existing Key Worker if they have one, or their GP practice, or contact Cumbria’s Social Services Emergency Duty Team on 01228 526690.

If you cannot get through to these people, or you believe that the person is at immediate risk call 999 and state clearly that you have someone with you that is at risk of taking their own life (or endangering another). It often helps if you can offer any relevant information about the person. As long as you feel safe to do so, you should stay with them until professional help arrives.

You can find more information on how to help in Mind’s guides Seeking help in a crisis and Supporting someone who feels suicidal¬†or vist Papyrus


Useful Guides

This Mind booklet explains how to support someone who feels suicidal, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support. Mind provide a broad range of helpful guides to mental health issues and supporting others.


Useful Websites

Papyrus – Help and advice for supporting young people at risk of suicide

Samaritans – Information about suicide prevention and supporting others

Mind – A wealth of information about mental health and suicide including practical support guides

MindLine Cumbria – Information about services and support across Cumbria


Local Support

Our Local Support Services Guide contains information about organisations provding a variety of support across the County.


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