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The Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing team at UCLan are available to support you on 01772 893020 or Wellbeing@uclan.ac.uk 
World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of suicide and to promote action through proven means that will reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally. 
 
Creating Hope Through Action is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us; that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling.

There are steps you can take right now to stop yourself from acting on your suicidal thoughts. Everyone is different, so it's about finding what works best for you.

These are some practical tips that other people have found helpful when they've felt suicidal.

Take Time To Reach Out
 
Look out for yourself and for those who are not coping
Different people have different experiences of suicidal feelings. You might feel unable to cope with the difficult feelings you are experiencing. You might think/feel: hopelessness, rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge, acting reckless or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking, feeling trapped like there’s no way out, increased alcohol or drug use, withdrawing from friends, family & society, anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time and dramatic mood changes. 
 
You don’t need to have all the answers 
People are often reluctant to intervene, for many reasons, including a fear of not knowing what to say. It is important to remember, there is no specific formula. Individuals in distress are often not looking for specific advice. Empathy, compassion, genuine concern, knowledge of resources and a desire to help are key to preventing a tragedy. Individuals who have survived a suicide attempt have much to teach us about how the words and actions of others can be important, and those who have come through an episode of severe suicidal thinking often say that they were not looking for specific advice, but that compassion and empathy from others helped to turn things around for them and point them towards recovery. 
 
Don’t be afraid to ask someone if they are suicidal 
Another factor that prevents individuals from intervening is the worry of making the situation worse. This hesitance is understandable as suicide is a difficult issue to address, accompanied by a myth that suggests talking about it may instigate vulnerable individuals to contemplate the idea or trigger the act. Evidence suggests that this is not the case. The offer of support and a listening ear are more likely to reduce distress, as opposed to exacerbating it. The listening ear of someone with compassion, empathy and a lack of judgement can help restore hope. We can check in with them, ask them how they are doing and encourage them to tell their story. This small gesture goes a long way.

 
Where can I get support?
 
For students
 
The Student Wellbeing Service can help students experiencing a range of difficulties that are affecting their mental health and wellbeing. They offer a confidential, professional service, ensuring that students receive personal support, recognising people as individuals, all with different needs.

Download and use the SafeZone app to:
  • Call for help: this will come through to campus security wherever you are
  • Raise a first aid alert – which will go through to security, if on campus, who will summon a first aider, or to the emergency services if you are outside a campus zone
  • Raise an emergency alert – which will go through to security, if on campus, who will respond, or to the emergency services if you are outside a campus zone​​​​​​.
 
 For staff
 
Contact The People Team If you are a member of staff your HR Manager will be able to identify the support that’s available for you.
 
Trade Unions. There are three trade unions that represent staff at the University: Unison, Unite and UCU.
 
Staff Network Groups. The University has a number of staff network groups which you can view on the staff Intranet through clicking the link. These groups provide a forum for staff to discuss issues of mutual interest and the ability to raise issues in a safe environment. They can help new staff settle in, provide networking opportunities across departments and also increase staff knowledge of the University's activities.
 
 
External support and helplines:
As well as the University-based support here are some external services that may be able to help: 
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Papyrus Hopeline UK The Suicide Prevention Advisers work with people under 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide to understand why these thoughts might be present. They also provide a safe space to talk through anything happening the caller’s life that could be impacting on them or anyone else’s ability to stay safe. They can also support people of any age who are concerned that a young person may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. They are open 9am – midnight every day of the year (Weekends and Bank Holidays included)
Phone: 0800 068 4141, text: 07786209697 or email: pat@papyrus-uk.org 
 
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) CALM is a suicide prevention campaign against male suicide. You can access support using their web chat which is available through the website (5pm to midnight). Alternatively their helpline telephone number is  0800 58 58 58 (5pm to midnight, 365 days a year) 
 
The Lancashire Care Foundation Trust Wellbeing & Mental Health Helpline is a Freephone out of hours, person centered listening environment for people requiring emotional support in relation to their own mental health or that of someone they know. Fully trained volunteers operate the helpline, they offer their time to listen and support callers. Call: 0800 9154640. Lines are open Monday – Friday 7.00pm until 11.00pm and Saturday & Sunday – 12.00pm until Midnight, 365 days a year 
 
Samaritans are available to talk about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue. You don't have to be suicidal. Call: 116 123. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 
 
Lancashire Women are a service who offer services to support and empower women. They provide a range of support, including for mental health and this is delivered through 1-2-1 and group support. 
 
Shout offer a free confidential text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. The support is available 24/7 and you can text SHOUT to 85258 to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer 
 
Have a look at the useful links page on the UCLan website for further information on support available. 
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