Suicide prevention

National support

Zero Suicide Alliance 

The Zero suicide alliance is hosted by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and is dedicated to preventing suicide. The charity provides free suicide awareness training that teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. It also supports psychological wellbeing in the workplace through education, events and consultancy.

Prevention of young suicide PAPYRUS 

PAPYRUS is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.

PAPYRUS runs suicide prevention helpline HOPELINEUK, which is staffed by trained suicide prevention advisers, who work with young people – and anybody concerned for a young person – to help keep them safe from suicide. HOPELINEUK is a free and confidential call, text and email service, which is available from 9am to midnight, every day of the year.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, or are concerned for a young person who might be, you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice. HOPELINE is open 365 days a year from 9am until midnight. Call 0800 068 4141, text 07860039967 or email

Men, suicide and mental health

Men account for three quarters of all suicides and male suicides have always been disproportionately high. Suicide is the leading cause of death globally for men across all age groups. You’ll find support aimed specifically at men below.

Men's Minds Matter are suicide intervention and prevention specialists.

HeadsUpGuys provides health strategies for managing and preventing depression, with a particular focus on suicide.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) provokes conversation, runs life-saving services, and brings people together so they reject living miserably. CALM wants men to get help when they need it and to prevent death by suicide.

ANDYSMANCLUB is a men’s suicide prevention charity, offering free to attend peer to peer support groups across the UK and online. Their aim is to end the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and help men through the power of conversation.

Local support

The Kent and Medway Urgent Mental Health Helpline is a telephone service for those who are concerned about their mental health, or the mental health of a friend or relative, and need urgent help. The number is 0800 783 9111. You can call at any time of the day or night, any day of the week. You do not need an appointment and all calls are free.

Release the Pressure has a highly trained and experienced team available 24/7 to provide expert support no matter what you are going through.

Phone 0800 107 0160 or Text SHOUT to 85258 or for free confidential support at any time.