Helpful Resources

The following may be helpful when you don’t know where to turn or you want to signpost someone to get the help they need:

Mental Health & Wellbeing issues

Confidential, free text line for any issue: Text the word Shout to 85258. This service is open 24/7 and manned by volunteers who undergo in-depth training delivering empathy, validation and the support for the tester to identify their solution giving them back control.

http://www.giveusashout.org – Give Us A Shout’s website that gives the latest news on the Shout text service.

My view of suicide – a permanent solution to what is a temporary problem

Often people think of suicide because they cannot think clearly and see solutions to their problems. It takes someone else to see they are struggling, ask some difficult questions and guide the individual to immediate help.

Moving someone from a hot moment to a cool calm, gives them the clarity they need to think more clearly, reducing the noise in their minds that amplifies everything negative.

Some naturally shy away from talking about suicide because they feel they don’t know what to do and whatever they do will be wrong. This is a false belief. Noticing someone is struggling and reaching out to them is easier than we think. Training in suicide intervention ASIST gives a solid foundation. Whether you have done this training or not, having the StayAlive App from Grassroots is invaluable. Available for android and Apple. Check out the link below.

StayAlive App – http://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/find-help-now/stay-alive-app

Having this App on your mobile gives you instant information, support, contact details for anyone thinking of suicide or anyone they are trying to support. It’s completely free, updated regularly and can save lives – literally. I’ve used this to support people through a crisis. Not only did it help at that hot moment but also when/if intrusive thoughts returned.

Physical first aid

Of course, in an ideal world we would all be trained in physical first aid and able to deal with any accident or emergency. Even if we’ve done a First Aider course with the British Red Cross or similar – how much do we really remember when we really need to use that knowledge?

British Red Cross has free Apps for Google and Apple to download – check out their website below and download the app so you have the guidance you need exactly when you need it:

http://www.redcross.org.uk/first-aid/first-aid-apps

Preparation is the key to success. Keeping these resources in your mobile will help you successfully support yourself and others!

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