Suicide help - Public Health Dorset
If you are struggling now or worried about someone else
Free and confidential support is available 24 hours a day, there is always someone to talk to.
Call NHS Connection, Dorset's mental health helpline, on 0800 652 0190
Text SHOUT to 85258
Call Samaritans on 116 123 or email email@example.com
If your or someone's life is in danger, call 999 immediately.
If you or someone else is approaching crisis point
Get support with:
Face to face drop-ins at The Retreats in Bournemouth and Dorchester
- Virtual and face to face drop-ins at Community Front Rooms in Bridport Shaftesbury, Wareham and Weymouth
- Adult group or 121 support sessions with Mind Dorset to develop positive mental wellbeing, increased self-esteem and self-confidence
Download the Stay Alive app to keep local support information, guidance to help stay safe and your own safety and wellness plans in one convenient place, or visit the Stay Alive website.
If you need less urgent support
Do tell your GP practice how you are feeling. Watch this video for expert tips on how to start the conversation with your GP practice.
If you want to, refer yourself for talking therapies visit the Steps2Wellbeing website.
Create a wellbeing plan to boost your mood so you’re in a better place to cope with challenges.
What to expect when asking for help
Bereavement by suicide support
Please do not struggle alone. Bereavement by suicide is different from any other kind of bereavement, bringing an unfamiliar intensity and range of emotions. Visit Dorset HealthCare to find bereavement support here in Dorset and from national organisations.
How to talk about suicide
Advice on how to start a conversation about your or someone else’s suicidal thoughts and suggested language to use.
Our language matters when we talk to someone about their suicidal thoughts or about someone who has died by suicide, try saying:
Taken, died by or ended their own life instead of committed suicide
At risk of suicide instead of is suicidal
The name of the person who has died instead of the victim