Almost 6,000 people in the UK ended their lives by suicide in 2017 and suicide is higher in men than women, with around three times as many men dying as a result of suicide compared to women (Office of National Statistics).
Suffolk's Suicide Prevention Strategy
In Suffolk, around 60 people each year take their own life.
‘Suffolk Lives Matter’ is the name of Suffolk’s Suicide Prevention Strategy which was launched at the Health and Wellbeing Board’s Annual Conference in October 2016. It has 5 themes:
Reducing Suicide Risk
Supporting People at Greatest Risk
Taking Action Together
Improving How We Collect and Interpret Information
Working with People in Suffolk
There are many factors which increase an individual’s risk of suicide these include: a history of self-harm; trauma in childhood; being in contact with the criminal justice system; drug and alcohol misuse; unemployment and/or socioeconomic deprivation; being in contact with mental health services; being male; being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and certain occupations (nurses, doctors, farmers/ agricultural workers, veterinary workers and builders).
For more information about Suffolk Lives Matter and further support, please visit the Healthy Suffolk website
Suffolk’s Suicide Prevention Steering Group launched the new countywide suicide liaison service, Amparo Suffolk, in September 2018 to coincide in with World Suicide Prevention Day.
The AMPARO service, is operated by Listening Ear, and works in close partnership with the Police, Coroner Service and other partners, to offer support following notification of a suspected suicide, including one-to-one individual support, practical help and signposting to local services that can help.
Individuals can self-refer to Amparo Suffolk or be referred by a professional on their behalf.
Amparo Suffolk can offer support following a suicide in a range of ways, including:
One to one individual support
Help with any media enquiries
Practical support when dealing with the Police or Coroner
Help overcoming feelings of isolation
Putting you in touch with local services that can help
Stay Alive App
Working in partnership with NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust, the Suffolk User Forum (SUF) has launched the Stay Alive suicide prevention app (developed by Grassroots Suicide Prevention charity).
The downloadable tool has many helpful features including areas which can be adapted by the users to suit their personal needs including access to local and national helplines and crisis services, a safety plan and other general resources.
The app is available free of charge on the App store (iPhone) and Google Play (for Android).
More information about the app can be viewed in this information pack.
Learning Together Self Harm & Suicide in Adolescence - June 2019 – Slides and links to toolkits
National and Local Organisations that can help
Samaritans - Call 116 123 free
Suffolk Mind - call 0300 1116000
Hope After Suicide Loss (HOPE) - a website designed by survivors for survivors and has lots of information on
The Source - information and advice for young people in Suffolk
Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide) for young people up to age 35 - Call HopelineUK 0800 068 4141 free
Childline - free, confidential advice and support for those up to age 18 - 0800 1111
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) - call 0800 58 58 58
Mental Health Foundation - offers support and guidance
NSPCC - call their helpline if you are concerned about a child 0808 800 5000
Grassroots Suicide Prevention - offers support and guidance