We are deeply concerned with the disturbing video of a man dying by suicide currently circulating on social media. More than 6,500 people across the UK take their own lives each year and tens of thousands more attempt suicide. It is also the biggest killer of young people. Raising awareness that suicide is a public health issue is key. Through education we can learn how to support people going through suicidal feelings and enable them to get the support and help they need.
Every suicide is a tragedy and our thoughts are with the families bereaved by suicide. Jami has coordinated the Emergency Response Initiative Consortium (ERIC) with Norwood, CST, JBCS, Grief Encounter and in partnership with PaJeS, to provide guidance and a face to face first responder service to Jewish schools after a student suicide or sudden traumatic death. We have published a resource, Coping After Suicide or Sudden Traumatic Death: A Guide for Schools which includes information on how to speak to young people about these sensitive subjects. To obtain a copy please email [email protected]
Reach out to stay safe
- Shout is a 24/7 free text service for anyone in crisis if you’re struggling to cope or need immediate help. Text Jami to 85258
- For young people under 35 please call PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, on 0800 068 41 41, text to 07860 039 967 or email [email protected].
- Call Samaritanson 116 123 or email [email protected]
- The CALMzoneis a good source of support for men– Campaign Against Living Miserably for men. Nationwide: 0800 58 58 58, Opening hours 5pm – midnight every day, Web chat: http://ow.ly/Slh950w3PZY
- Grief Talk – a confidential helpline to support bereaved children or families. Call 0808 802 0111 or email [email protected]
- Call your GP and ask for an emergency appointment or dial 111 or contact your mental health crisis team
- If anyone is in Immediate danger call 999