Suicide prevention - Public Health Dorset

Suicide prevention

If you or someone you know is feeling like they can't cope there are organisations you can turn to for 24/7 support:

  • Call Samaritans free on 116 123 or email
  • Call Connection, Dorset's mental health helpline, on 0800 652 0190
  • Text SHOUT to 85258

Our work on suicide prevention

Find out about our system-wide work to prevent deaths by suicide in Dorset.

Language and media

Samaritans have produced media reporting guidelines to promote and encourage sensitive reporting around suicide.

Download and save the language reference guide for advice on how to talk about suicide.

Bereavement support

A death by suicide can have a big impact on family members and the wider community. A bereavement by suicide is different from any other kind of bereavement, bringing an intensity and range of emotions that may be unfamiliar. 

Please do not struggle alone with bereavement. Dorset Open Door can help you find the help and support that you’re looking for. For more information visit Dorset HealthCare :: Dorset Open Door, call 01305 361 361 or email

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide helps people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide.  
Support after suicide is a useful website with practical help for those who have been bereaved by suicide and those who are helping someone else who has been affected. They have a number of guides which you can read online, download or order printed copies including 'Help is at hand' which was put together by UK Health Security Agency (formally Public Health England).

Suicide prevention training

See a range of training courses to help signpost to suicide prevention support.


Mental Health resources

Access to Mental Health z-card

Cost of Living Support z-card

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