See below some useful resources and links.


Lifeline

Lifeline is Northern Ireland’s crisis response helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all calls are free.  Call: 0808 808 8000. Textphone: 18001 0808 808 8000.  

British and Irish Sign Language users can also use the SignVideo app.  If English is not your first or preferred language, Lifeline can access translators to speak to you in your preferred language.

For more information click on the link below to open the Lifeline website to find out what support Lifeline can provide to those in distress or despair. 

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ComKit

The Public Health Agency (PHA) would like to make everyone aware of ComKit.  This is an online platform to support communities following a sudden death that is a suspected suicide. It was designed to help people react and deal in a caring and appropriate way.  This has been developed with Urban Scale Interventions (USI) in partnership with Families’ Voices Forum as well as community and voluntary groups. 

ComKit provides guidance on key public messages to communicate, and details of support systems to direct people to.  

The aim of ComKit is to:

  • Guide people through the process.
  • To better understand every step in how to remember a loved one. 
  • How to support those in need.

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Steps to deal with stress 

The Steps to deal with stress booklet provides tips and practical advice on coping with stress in your life and covers recognising stress, getting ready, coping better, learning from bad experiences and taking action now. Simple steps such as relaxation exercises and talking to someone can help you feel better and put you in a better frame of mind for dealing with your problems.

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Drugs and Alcohol NI

Drug and alcohol misuse affects individuals, families and communities across Northern Ireland.  In recognition that no agency can address this issue alone, five multi-agency partnerships (Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams) exist across the region.

On the Drugs and Alcohol NI site, you can find information if you use alcohol or other drugs and want support or, if you're affected by someone else using alcohol or other drugs.  You can also find out what each service does and details of other support services

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Mental Health and Wellbeing - Directory of services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing (z-card)

These five directories list the names, numbers and web addresses (where applicable) of organisations that offer services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing. Where possible, additional information has also been provided, such as email addresses and contact details within each Health and Social Care Trust area.

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Help is at hand: support after someone may have died by suicide in Northern Ireland

The purpose of this booklet is to provide practical guidance and emotional support following a possible death by suicide. It considers the range of feelings and reactions that may be experienced following an unexpected death, and offers advice on how to cope in the immediate aftermath of a bereavement and in the weeks, months and years following.

It examines the issues that may arise for people with a particular relationship to the person who has died, and also provides guidance on how to support someone who has been bereaved. The booklet also includes information on the official procedures following a death by suicide, outlines practical matters that may need dealt with afterwards, and highlights other local sources of information and support. 

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Concerned about suicide?

This leaflet contains information on what you can say and do to help someone who may be thinking of suicide. 

It highlights the warning signs, explains the feelings a suicidal person can have and provides a step-by-step guide to having a conversation and helping someone you’re worried about.

It also lists a number of support services for people having suicidal thoughts.

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Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing

Most of us know when we are mentally and physically well, but sometimes we need a little extra help to keep well.

The leaflet and poster outline five simple ways in which people can maintain and improve their mental wellbeing.

Translations into 12 languages are now available.

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Helplines NI

Helplines NI is a membership–led organisation consisting of over 30 different helplines operating across Northern Ireland. 

The helplines provide a variety of vital support services including, information, advice, counselling, a listening ear and be-friending, and offer immediate support to those with a wide range of health and wellbeing needs, often for those who are the most vulnerable in our community. 

Many of the services take place over the phone, but some can help via email, text and in some cases with live web chat.

Not all helplines are free to call, so please check each website for more information.

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Free training for community & voluntary sector organisations

The Clear Project offers free training for community & voluntary sector organisations across the Western Trust area with a focus on mental health, emotional wellbeing, and suicide prevention. Browse through our current range of courses. 

Click the button below for more information. 

Go to Training

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External Resources

This page provides links to external resources. Click on the service you need and you will be directed to their platform.

Go to External Resources

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