As many as 1 in 4 people experience suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives. Although suicide impacts the lives of many, conversations about suicide can still be difficult.
Dudley’s Suicide Prevention Partnership, championed by the Dudley Health and Wellbeing Board is here to help change the public perception of suicide. It is here to encourage people affected to reach out.
These pages will provide information and support for anyone who is
1. Worried about someone who is contemplating suicide.
2. Bereaved by suicide.
Help is out there. Please remember you are not alone.

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is hosted by the International Association For Suicide Prevention (IASP).
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was first launched in 2003 on 10th September by IASP.
Each year the 10th of September is a way of focussing suicide awareness worldwide.
IASP has announced the new theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2021-2023 is: “Creating Hope Through Action”.
ISAP has developed a full campaign website and guided messaging around the theme. They have also created a new look to their Light a Candle initiative and their Cycle around the Globe campaign.

Information For People Bereaved By Suicide

If you are worried about somebody that you know or you would like to tell someone about your feelings, the following organisations will provide confidential support.


Tel: 116 123: 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland and a free phone line counselling service. Samaritans provides support for anyone who needs it.


Tel: 07766 808 222: Free phone line counselling service that is accessible to anyone in the UK in need of support.


Tel: 0800 068 4141: A national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide; providing a free phone line.

Support For People Bereaved By Suicide

Every type of grief has the potential to cause intense and complex feelings. Research shows that people bereaved by suicide can experience additional struggles when trying to resolve their grief. Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Care have created Facing The Future support groups for people bereaved by suicide.
Find out more at
If you are worried about someone, or you think someone is not OK, you can find out where to get help and support at 
There is more information from Samaritans on how to offer support and creating a safety plan at
The emotions experienced after bereavement by suicide can be very different to loss from other types of death. There is no right or wrong way to feel when grieving, these are all natural feelings and everybody deals with their grief differently. Your bereavement may feel complicated and overwhelming, but you are not alone. Every year deaths by suicide leave thousands of families and friends searching for answers. The services below can help.
The Help is at Hand and Finding the Words resource booklets also have further information. Please click on the book images to access them.


Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide is a self-help organisation providing help and support for people bereaved by suicide.


Brings together suicide bereavement organisations and people with lived experience, to give practical and emotional support for anyone bereaved by suicide.


Cruse offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.

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Offer a wide range of services for people experiencing mental health difficulties.
“KPG’s” Suicide Prevention work involves
1. Providing training
2. Supporting communities in raising awareness,
3. Hosting suicide bereavement support meetings
4. Providing support through the 24/7 text crisis line.
The four video-stories below have been developed to help encourage conversations around suicide. They also help people understand the importance of support following a suicide.

Support For Children and Young People Bereaved By Suicide

A suicide can become public knowledge with police visits, an inquest, media and social media interest. Children may hear rumours and fragments of information.
An honest explanation of the facts in language appropriate to a child’s age, given by a trusted adult is often the best protection given to children
It is important to avoid euphemisms and terms such as ‘committed suicide’.
Winston’s Wish provides advice and resources including their book Beyond the Rough Rock. The book provides
1. Practical advice for families bereaved by suicide in the immediate days and weeks.
2. Child-friendly activities to help families begin to make sense of what’s happened.
3. Coping strategies.
All Dudley schools have received this book in their Bereavement Box.

Phase Trust

Phase Trust supports children aged 11 and under, who have experienced loss.

Contact Phase Trust:

Tel: 0121 585 9419     Website:

Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic Support: 

The Fusion project based in the What? Centre is offering one to one bereavement counselling and group support to young Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic people.

To find out more:

Tel: 07938314124



Employer Support

reducing the risk of suicide A toolkit for employers
This toolkit has been designed to help organisations adopt a strategy to reduce the risk of a suicide, that will have an impact on the workplace.
In this context, the term ‘workplace suicide’ is understood to be a suicide in or outside the workplace, which may involve
1. An employee
2. A contractor,
3. A family member or
4. A close friend of an employee or contractor.
5. It may also concern a significant customer or supplier, or a person who is important to the organisation, such as a union representative.
The safe to talk about suicide PDF is a useful resource to share to help people understand what they need to do if someone expresses suicidal thoughts or feelings. Go to Safe to talk about Suicide

If you are grieving or if you are having suicidal thoughts please reach out and talk with somebody you trust.

This could be: a family member, a friend, one of the above organisations or your GP.

Reaching out about how you are feeling will open the door to support.

Support Organisations

You can access these support organisations for more help, advice and information about suicide.



Website produced by Dudley’s Health and Wellbeing Board which directs to services that can support people having suicidal thoughts and people who have been bereaved by suicide


Tel: 0800 068 4141: A national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Their phone line is free to contact


Tel: 0800 585 858: The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) runs a free and confidential helpline and webchat: 7 hours a day 5pm – Midnight, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Aimed at men who need to talk about life’s problems. They support people bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP)


Tel: 116 123: 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland and a free phone line counselling service. Samaritans provides support for anyone who needs it


Tel: 0800 069 6222: A confidential support line for NHS workers, open 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week, and run by dedicated and trained Samaritan volunteers


The ZSA is concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of, and promoting, FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all


Tel: 0800 02 888 40: Provides support for all families who have lost a child or have a bereaved child. Phone lines are open 9-5pm (except bank holidays). Live chat available via the website 9am-5pm. Email:

Help is out there for people that need it. Please remember you are not alone.

To find out about more services in the Dudley Community you can use Dudley's Community Information Directory, you can also add your service to this directory.


You can find more bereavement support at