It’s ok to talk about suicide

It’s ok to talk about suicide

Why we're here

Suicide presents a real risk to human lives, with as many as 1 in 4 experiencing suicidal thoughts at some point. Although it impacts the lives of many, conversations about suicide can still be difficult and uncomfortable.

Dudley’s Suicide Prevention Partnership, championed by the Dudley Health and Wellbeing Board, is here to help change the public perception of suicide and to encourage people affected to reach out. Our aims are:

  • Improve suicide awareness
  • Provide reassurance to anyone in need of support
  • Encourage people affected by suicide to reach out and speak up

Reach out. Speak up.

If you’re worried about somebody that you know or would like to tell somebody about your feelings, the following organisations will provide confidential support:

Suicide Myths

There's no way back from suicidal thoughts

It is common for people who have suicidal thoughts to feel that there is no way back. People can be reluctant to seek help because they see it as pointless. We know that this is not the case and that help is out there.

Many people who experience suicidal thoughts can recover with the right care and support.

There's no help

Another common feeling is that there is no real help out there.

This is again a misconception as there are organisations providing help for people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, including aftercare and support.

Suicide is a crime

Some people think that suicide is a crime.

Suicide has not been a criminal offence since 1961. The belief that suicide is a crime can make it difficult for people to be open about how they are feeling, creating a barrier to access to the right support

People who experience suicidal thoughts or who attempt suicide want to die

Another common misconception is that people who experience suicidal thoughts or who attempt suicide want to die. This is often not the case.

People who attempt suicide may not want to die, they may want change. Death can be seen as the only way out from the pain experienced. Support is out there, do not suffer alone, please reach out.

Get involved

You can make a big difference in your community by giving your time to help those in need of support, love and care.

If you want to help those affected by suicide, or to find a range of other volunteering opportunities, visit these sites to get involved:

Support organisations

Visit these support organisations for more help, advice and information on suicide: