Very sadly, suicide is relatively common in the UK. It is the leading cause of death among young people aged from 20 to 34, but each death by suicide is a tragedy.
We work alongside many agencies to reduce deaths by suicide, and also provide support to people who may be experiencing suicidal feelings.
There were 10.1 suicides per 100,000 population in England and Wales during 2016
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If you are feeling suicidal yourself, you should always tell someone. Here are a number of things you can do to seek support:
- Speak to your doctor. This might be your GP or your psychiatrist, if you are under the care of mental health services.
- Talk to a family member, friend or someone else you trust – perhaps a teacher, manager or colleague.
- If you live in Gloucestershire or Herefordshire, visit our Crisis pages for details of who to contact (link).
- The Samaritans offer a 24 hour a day, seven days a week listening service. You can ring them on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org
- Download the Stay Alive app. You can find more details here: http://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/stay_alive_suicide_prevention_mobile_phone_application.html
For further information on suicide and support services available, click here.
Our teams and services
Living with a mental health condition
Information for patients and carers on the wider aspects of living with a mental health condition.
Mental illness can affect many areas of your life. This section has information on many aspects of your daily life, from physical health to work, education and recovery. Select an area below to learn more:
Five Ways to Wellbeing
- Connect with people - your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Speaking to people over the telephone or online can help, but there’s nothing like being in the company of others to boost your mood.
- Get active - take a walk, go cycling, join a dance class, go swimming or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Anything that raises your heart rate – even cleaning the house – can help.
- Keep learning – give yourself a sense of achievement and a new confidence. Why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, learn a new language, or figure out how to fix your bike?
- Give - even the smallest act can count - whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you make new friends.
- Be mindful - be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness ‘mindfulness’ and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
These are proven techniques to help boost your general wellbeing and they are things we can all incorporate into our daily lives. If you want to make your mental health and wellbeing a priority, following these steps is a good place to start.
Drugs and alcohol
Support in Gloucestershire
CGL Gloucestershire is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults (including offenders), families, carers and affected others. They provide information, support, advice and treatment options from three main hubs across the county - Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud. They also work from a range of other locations including pharmacies and community venues. https://www.changegrowlive.org/content/cgl-gloucestershire
Support in Herefordshire
Addaction Herefordshire offers information, advice and support for people with drug and alcohol issues every weekday, and on alternative Saturdays. There is a young people’s service for those aged 11+. Their recovery-focused service has bases in Hereford as well as outreach via partner organisations. They aim to support people to overcome their issues and develop the skills necessary to go on to live a fulfilling life in recovery. They also support the families of people with substance misuse issues. www.addaction.org.uk/services/addaction-herefordshire
Money and mental health
- your name
- date of birth
- any other information which would help locate your file
Please note: there may be a charge for this service. If you think that information in your health records may not be accurate, please notify us in writing.
Pregnancy and mental health
Taking your medication whilst pregnant
If you are on medication, or specific medication has been suggested to you, the Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy (BUMPS) website is a helpful resource. This free service gives the most up-to-date, evidence-based information for women and their families. This website is an excellent resource but please still discuss any medication changes with your doctor.
Did you know?
- Smoking is the primary reason for the 10 to 20 year shortened life expectancy for people with a mental health disorder. Smoking causes cancer, cardio vascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- People with mental health conditions consume 42 per cent of all tobacco bought in the UK
- Many think smoking is a mood enhancer - in fact it causes depression, stress and anxiety
- Smokers have a 79 per cent increased risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease
These are just some of the reasons why cutting down or giving up smoking altogether can have a huge impact on improving your health and wellbeing.
How to get help quitting
- If you are one of our service users, ask to speak to a Smokefree Champion or Quit Advisor
- If you live in Gloucestershire, visit hlsglos.org or ring 0800 122 3788
- You can also call the national Smokefree helpline on 0800 022 4332 (Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm)
- GPs can provide advice and prescriptions for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products and most surgeries have nurses who offer a stop smoking service
- The national Smokefree website includes a wide range of support options and advice
Information for carers
Notes and information for carers.
Carers and families provide a vital support network but are at greater risk of experiencing mental and physical health problems and emotional stress themselves due to the demands of being a carer. As well as providing care and treatment for the people who use our services, we are also here to support you. If you have a problem, if something is worrying you, or if you are confused about how to get help, then please talk to us.
On this page you will find information about your involvement in the care we provide to your relative or friend and information about support for you in your caring role.
Information for professionals
Notes on services, contacts and treatments for healthcare professionals.
Further help and support for those bereaved
Other organisations who can help.
Widowed and Young (WAY) is a charity for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died.
‘Help is at Hand’ is a helpful document which provides advice for people who have been bereaved by suicide.
There is currently a large scale nationwide study taking place to identify the experiences of people bereaved by suicide which aims to;
- understand more about the impact a death by suicide may have on the lives of those who are bereaved or affected by the death
- establish the support people bereaved or affected by suicide received, how the support was helpful, and where such support is lacking
- examine evidence of the need for suicide bereavement support services.
To take part in this survey please click here and read the information provided before taking part in the survey at the bottom of the webpage.
News & views
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