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Preventing Suicide

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Preventing Suicide in Sheffield

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On average, one person per week dies by suicide in Sheffield.  One death from suicide is too many. It is a deeply personal tragedy and has a ripple effect a long way beyond the family affected. Every suicide is a tragedy that has a far reaching impact on individuals, family, friends and the community long after a person has died.

Suicide prevention is a priority for Sheffield. On this page, you will find information about the city’s local action plan for reducing suicide and sources of support if you are concerned about a family member, friend or colleague.


Our Local Suicide Prevention Strategy

Work to reduce suicide in Sheffield is coordinated by a multi-sector steering group led by Sheffield City Council’s Director of Public Health. You can read our local action plan here.



Sources of support

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Sheffield Mental Health Guide

Sheffield Mental Health Guide is an online resource featuring a comprehensive searchable directory of mental health and wellbeing related services and groups in Sheffield, as well as providing other useful information and self-help resources

Tel: 0114 273 7009



Sheffield Helpline

A free telephone support service for anyone in Sheffield affected by mental illness. The service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Tel: (0808) 801 0440


Sheffield Samaritans

If something is troubling you, get in touch.

Telephone the local branch: 0114 276 7277 (local call charges apply)

Telephone the national number: 116 123 (this number is free to call)


Visit the local branch: Samaritans Sheffield, 272 Queens Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S2 4DL. Usual hours open to receive callers at the door: 10:00am - 10:00pm 


CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) - National

A registered charity which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. 

Tel: 0800 585858



Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness has more than 200 mental health services and 150 support groups across England. 

Tel: 0300 5000 927.



SToRMS (The Dan McAllister Foundation) - Local

SToRMS is a small organisation based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and set up in July 2015. It is a fund within the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, a registered charity whose goal is to improve the lives of local people. SToRMS’ Mission is to reduce suicides, particularly in young people, by facilitating widespread open discussions about suicide, promoting mental well-being and emotional resilience from an early age, challenging gender stereotypes that prevent men from accessing help and highlighting the relationship between alcohol and mental wellbeing. A range of community based initiatives focus on support for those not in contact with formal health services. SToRMS also provides informal support to local families bereaved by suicide.


Support after Suicide - National

  • The Help is at Hand guide can be downloaded here. This guide can support you from the beginning; what to expect, what might happen now, emotional and practical support, and lots of links and contacts to organisations that can help you.
  • Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP) are a partnership of over 20 organisations and individuals who work to support those who are bereaved by suicide.


Support after Suicide – Local

  • Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) exist to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide. They are a self-help organisation and aim to provide a confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other. They also strive to improve public awareness and maintain contacts with many other statutory and voluntary organisations.

Sheffield Support Group Meetings: 1st Wednesday of every month

Tel: Nick on 07858 290078





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Men & Suicide

Men are at least 3 times more likely than women to die by suicide and here you will find resources from the campaign we ran as part of World Suicide Prevention Day 2017. You are welcome to download these posters and use them in your organisation.


Support for Primary Care Professionals

In June 2017 NHS Sheffield ran a Protected Learning Initiative (PLI) event on self-harm and suicide. You can download the interactive learning pack for this event here.


Suicide Prevention Awareness Training

The Zero Suicide Alliance is concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all. The aims of this training are to: enable people to identify when someone is displaying suicidal thoughts/behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to enable them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.

The online training takes 20 minutes and can be accessed here.


Local action plan training package

A taught 2 hour suicide prevention awareness training package has also been developed as part of the local action plan. For more information, please contact Joanna Rutter, Health Improvement Principal on 0114 3054656 or via email on


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