For World Suicide Prevention Day. the Housing First Dual Diagnosis team blog look at support for those who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, those concerned for other and those bereaved by suicide. The resources have been brought together in reflection of the work being coordinated by the Greater Manchester Suicide Prevention & Bereavement Support Programme.
If you find yourself affected by the issues covered in this blog and require support, we recommend you contact the numbers at the bottom of this post. Additionally, for staff working in Housing First, our Dual Diagnosis staff are also here to talk through anything that you may want to.
In 2019 research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that suicide amongst homeless people increased by 30.2% in one year, from 86 estimated deaths in 2018 (11.8% of the total number), to 112 estimated deaths in 2019 (14.4% of the total number). In addition, 61% of the study sample (330 people) reported suicidal ideation and 34% had attempted suicide.
Preliminary evidence suggests that suicide rates in England did not rise during the first national lockdown in 2020 despite higher levels of greater distress. However, it is vital to note these are early figures and there may be increases in suicides in some populations or geographical areas.
Additionally, there is still concern about the longer-term effects of the pandemic, particularly economic stresses, and the impact of this on homelessness where suicide rates have previously been seen to rise.
With one in five of us thinking of suicide at some point in our lives, the need to raise awareness and offer support has never been more relevant to us all.
A range of training is available to help, take a look at the 2 free resources below that you may find of interest.
We Need To Talk About Suicide
Health Education England have developed a learning tool to help health professionals and the wider public spot early warning signs of suicide, the training is free and can be accessed via https://www.hee.nhs.uk/news-blogs-events/news/new-health-education-england-learning-tool-help-health-professionals-spot-early-warning-signs
The Zero Suicide Alliance
Suicide awareness training session which takes less than 30 minutes to complete and is free. It will equip you with the skills and confidence to ask someone if they are thinking about suicide and works towards the wider aim of breaking down stigma around suicide.
Papyrus Hopeline UK
Papyrus offer a service to young people below the age of 35 years experiencing thoughts of suicide, and those who may be concerned for them, through their HOPELINEUK helpline.
If you’re worried about a young person who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide, or you’re a professional who needs to debrief following a conversation about suicide, get in touch with one of their suicide prevention advisors, seven days per week.
Call: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07860 039 967
Shining a Light on Suicide
www.shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk is a Greater Manchester focused website for those thinking of suicide, concerned for another, or for anyone who has been bereaved by suicide. You can find Stories of Hope films, links to Safety Plans and read of current campaign events at
For those in Greater Manchester suicide bereaved, there is an online creative suicide bereavement peer support community. You can join via facebook.com/SpeakTheirNameGM
In addition, there are groups run by Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (uksobs.org)
Suicide Prevention UK
Suicide Prevention UK is an award-winning Suicide Prevention charity.
They help anyone who may be struggling with their mental health and/or thoughts of suicide. The volunteer’s use their skills, training and empathic approach to offer a non-judgemental listening ear to help people in what could be their darkest hour. The volunteer’s aim to signpost individuals to the most appropriate support available to them at the time, to get them the help required.
Helpline: 0800 689 565. Option 1: National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK
Greater Manchester Bereavement Service
For bereavement support – including suicide bereavement support- you can call the Greater Manchester Bereavement Service.
Tel: 0161 983 0902 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm (excluding bank holidays)
On this site, you can find out about support in your area and nationally, as well as advice for practical issues that losing a loved one may bring.
NHS Bereavement Support Line
If you need to speak with someone at a weekend about a bereavement, please call NHS Bereavement Helpline on 0800 2600 400, available 8am to 8pm every day.
0800 068 41 41 (Mon-Fri: 10am-10pm, weekends & bank holidays: 2pm-10pm)
Call 116 123 free (24 hours)