Suicide prevention and support after suicide
Download the Stay Alive app
The StayAlive app is a suicide prevention resource for the UK. It's full of useful information to help you stay safe.
You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may have suicidal ideas.
The app has many life-saving features including:
- strategies for staying safe
- how to help a person thinking about suicide
- access to local and national support
All guidance and information within the app are reviewed and updated every 6 months.
The app is fully compliant with GDPR and international data management standards.
Peer support and training
Andy’s Man Club
Andy's Man Club offers peer to peer support for men.
There are talking groups for men who have either been through a storm, are currently going through a storm or have a storm brewing in life.
Zero Suicide Alliance training
Zero Suicide Alliance training, increases confidence in ability to talk to someone who might have suicidal thoughts.
North Central London Support After Suicide Service
Amparo supports people bereaved by suicide who live, work or study in the London Boroughs of:
Support is also provided to you if you live outside of the Boroughs but have been impacted by a suicide that occurred within the boroughs.
People of any age can access the service, but if children and young people are involved, the service will work with specialised agencies to ensure the right support services are in place.
The service offers Suicide Bereavement one-to-one emotional and practical support, time limited Bereavement Counselling Support, and Peer Group Support facilitated by a Suicide Bereavement Worker and a North Central London (NCL) Volunteer with lived experience of bereavement by suicide
Amparo is completely confidential and can provide short-term or longer-term support, please visit their website for more information.
Get in touch
Telephone: 0330 088 9255
To make a referral, visit their Get help page. Amparo’s local Liaison Workers aim to make initial contact within 24 hours of a referral being made.
For professionals looking to attend free briefing sessions, please visit Amparo for professionals
The Listening Place offers a warm and welcoming environment; somewhere that individuals can talk openly about their feelings without being judged or being given advice.
Phone: 020 3906 7676
The Sanctuary (Mind in Barnet)
Sanctuary Barnet works with anyone over the age of 18. They provide access to immediate emotional support to anyone experiencing distress. They offer up to 4 one to one support sessions, up to 4 short term counselling sessions with a therapist, and peer support and groups. They work alongside clients to explore their challenges, identify coping strategies and resources, and to link them into services to build their support network and resilience.
The helpline is open from 4.30pm to 10.30pm on weekdays and 12pm to 6pm on weekends.
Address: 55 Christchurch Avenue, North Finchley, London N12 0DG
Kooth.com is a digital counselling service for young people between ages 11 and 25, to help support young people. They provide free, safe and anonymous online counselling.
- 12pm-10pm Monday to Friday
- 6pm-10pm Saturday and Sunday
Good Thinking is a London-wide NHS digital wellbeing service designed to support low-level mental health needs. It offers digital self-assessment followed by a range of personalised, clinically approved digital and local interventions based on your preferences and location.
Samaritans is a safe place for you to talk at any time, in your own way, about whatever is getting to you. You don't have to be suicidal.
Phone: 116 123 for free
Shout (Crisis Text Line UK)
Shout an affiliate of Crisis Text Line® in the UK that provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text. It’s the first free 24/7 texting service in the UK for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. Shout is available in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer.
Hopeline UK (Papyrus)
Hopeline UK is a confidential support and advice service for:
- Children and Young People under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide
- Anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide
Phone: 0800 068 4141 or 07860 039 967
Suicide Prevention Training Programme
Understanding Self Harm: Tools for a compassionate & effective response.
Who is it for?
Anyone working or living in Barnet in a role where they come across or could support someone who self harms.
Get equipped with a solid understanding of the contributing factors, triggers, functions and signs of self harm, a clear and effective intervention framework to guide support, as well as a wide range of practical strategies to share with someone who self-harms.
Tuesday 31 October 2023 12:30pm to 4pm.
Full details and registration here.
Caring Connections: Identifying and supporting people at risk of suicide
Who is it for?
Barnet professionals and volunteers working in public facing and/or support services.
Participants develop the suicide intervention and prevention skills, enabling them to identify, engage, and collaboratively provide safety planning to people at risk of suicide.
Wednesday 8 November 2023 9am to 4:30pm.
Location: In person.
Real Talk: Conversations that save lives
Who is it for?
Barnet professionals and volunteers, especially those working in public facing and/or support services.
Participants gain the skills and confidence in talking about suicide and providing some support and signposting to someone at risk.
Wednesday 6 December 2023 9:30am to 1pm. Location: Online.
Friday 12 January 2024 10am to 1.30pm. Location: Middlesex University.