I’ll be there for you…

Each year, more than 800,000 people take their lives across the world.

More than 6,000 people take their life in the UK and Republic of Ireland every year – an average of 18 a day.

A crucial point could be reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time. Certitude’s Solidarity in a Crisis supports people in distress by providing out-of-hours emotional support over the phone and in person. The service is run by Peer Supporters who have their own experience of facing and overcoming crisis.

Here, Solidarity in a Crisis share what you can do if you encounter someone with suicidal intentions, these guidelines could help you save a life while you wait for the emergency services to arrive…

Try to keep the person calm until expert emergency services arrive

It is important for them to be listened to – so be present and listen

Never give advice or judge someone on why they might feel like this

Would they like a glass of water, cup of tea or a blanket?

Ask open questions like what would keep them going? Do they have any plans? And when were they last happy? This may help someone picture the kind of life they would find rewarding

There are lots of people you can talk to about your own mental health if you are unable to talk to people around you. Some of these include:

Solidarity in a Crisis (Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham)

0300 123 1922 or text on 0778 975 6081 or 0778 975 6083

The Samaritans

116 123

Rethink Mental Illness

0300 5000 927

Mind

0300 123 3393

Your GP

You can also join a free training course with the Zero Suicide Alliance, who are committed to suicide prevention. You will learn how to identify when someone is showing signs of suicidal thoughts or behaviour, talk about it with them in a supportive manner and help them identify the services or support that might help them.

Here at Certitude we understand the value of sharing experiences and life stories and we support people to build trusting, lasting relationships with people they can turn to for support. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook today to hear more about how talking about mental health has helped people across Certitude.