Online Support

  • Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. Life can be a struggle at times, but this forum provides a safe place to listen, share and be heard.

  • offers information and support to all the UK’s 16-25 year olds. It includes specific support and advice about self-harm.

  • Sane offers online advice for those in crisis and can also be contacted on 0845 767 8000.

  • Get help from online forums – the national self-harm network has a helpline (0800 622 6000) and online forum for families affected by self-harm and suicide.

  • Living Life to the Full is an online course aimed at improving people’s wellbeing - taking this course may make you feel stronger and better able to help other people.

  • Stop Suicide Pledge offers support for both those in crisis and those concerned about others.

  • Stockport has an online living life to the full web resource. Use the code stockportph2015 and in your own time do this online 8 week life skills course. An empowering way of learning key life skills that can boost your mood and help you turn the corner.

  • 5 ways to wellbeing: get ideas about the steps we can take to help us feel good and live well.

  • I had a black dog; his name was depression: a resource for people suffering from depression.

  • Living with a black dog: a guide for partners, carers and suffers.

  • The Recovery Letters are all written with the intention to try and allieviate some of the pain of depression.

  • The Calm Zone offers a helpline for men available 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year, or help online and web cam.

  • Self-help booklets: finding ways to reduce your distress and increase your coping skills and find the help your need. From the Help is at hand series: The Royal College of Psychiatrists and connecting with people.

  • Self-help resources for coping with suicidal thoughts.
  • Concerned about someone else

    This booklet explains how to support someone who feels suicidal, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.

    Spend 20 minutes and watch this video to better understand the experience of suicidal distress and what can be done to help people cope and recover.

    A series of resources about suicide prevention for use by specific groups.

    Self help guide for workers helping a suicidal person.

    Bereaved by suicide

    Sobs is a National charity providing dedicated support to adults who have been bereaved by suicide. National Helpline 0300 111 5065 9am to 9pm every day.

    The Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Information Service can also be contacted by phone on 0161 212 4919; it can provide information about helpful resources and support locally.

    Cruse offers national bereavement support after the death of someone close. tel: 0844 477 9400

    The Compassionate Friends supports bereaved parents and their families when a child dies.

    If U Care Share Foundation is a charity promoting emotional wellbeing in young people and supporting families affected by suicide.

    Winston wish charity for bereaved children Telephone 08452 030405

    Health talk. Find out about bereavement due to suicide by seeing and hearing people share their personal stories on film. Researchers travelled all around the UK to talk to 40 people in their own homes. Find out what people said about issues such as finding out, telling others, the inquest and support from family and friends. We hope you find the information helpful and reassuring.


    If you’re thinking about suicide, help is out there. However you’re feeling at the moment, you don’t have to cope on your own. Asking for help is a really brave and positive thing. The helplines and websites below are all there for people who are thinking about suicide, experiencing overwhelming distress and feeling unable to cope!

    Samaritans: A 24/7 helpline service which gives you a safe space where you can talk about what is happening, how you are feeling, and how to find your own way forward. tel: 116 123, or email Advice for those in crisis. tel: 0845 767 8000

    NHS choices: 24 hour national helpline providing help advice and info. tel: 111 (free call from landline and mobile). Helpline for men, 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year, or find help online and web cam.

    HOPELineUK: Confidential young suicide prevention advice. Opening hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm and 7pm - 10pm, weekends 2pm - 5pm. tel: 08000 68 41 41 (national call rates apply). Free confidential help for young people under 25. Get connected on line, chat Freephone 0808 808 4994 or text us on 80849


    Survivors of suicide: although this booklet has been developed in Australia it has some helpful insights.

    Support after a suicide: Sobs self-help booklet to support those bereaved by suicide or self-inflicted death.

    Help is at hand: a resource for people bereaved by suicide and other sudden, traumatic death.

    Hard copies from Stockport public health department, Tel: 474 2450 or contact


    I feel so bad I can't go on gives you tips about staying alive - even when you might not want to. It also helps you imagine a life when you start to feel good again - because you will.

    ➤ For help with how to start a difficult conversation - you can try these resources from The Samaritans or from Health Scotland.

    ➤ Find out about the Five Ways to Wellbeing - proven ways of improving how you feel.


    ➤ Watch: U Can Cope is a 20 minute film made by people who felt suicidal and talks about what they did to cope and recover.

    Staying Safe: if you’re not sure life’s worth living: this has been written by a mixture of professionals supporting suicidal people, people who have got through tough times and people who have supported their own friends and family people to support anyone in distress and feeling suicidal.

    ➤ Attend: Get support from a local carers' group.

    Local Training

    ➤ The Stockport suicide prevention leadership committee (SSPLC) are in the process of developing local suicide prevention training programs. For further information contact Elysabeth Williams, Public Health Stockport council,

    Mental health training – skill yourself up to have more effective mental wellbeing conversations within your everyday practice; including how to have conversations to explore suicidal distress.