Suicide prevention, awareness and support
What to do if you're having suicidal thoughts
If you're having suicidal thoughts, here is some information on how to look after yourself and talk to someone during this time.
- Contact your GP for their out of hours services;
- Call the NHS on 111;
- Papyrus (support for people feeling suicidal, available 10am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends, 2pm – 5pm bank holidays): 0800 0684141, text 07786 209697 or email email@example.com;
- Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, and we can all play a part in keeping our community safe. Salford University is committed to providing a safe environment for all our students, and keeping them free from harm, abuse or neglect. See our Safeguarding guide if you have any concerns.
- Samaritans (a free service to speak to someone about how you’re feeling, available 24 hours a day): 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Sanctuary (offers a safe place to go at night, open from 8pm – 6am): 0300 003 7029;
- Nightline (a confidential listening and information service run for students by students. Available 8pm – 8am during term-time or you can email 24 hours a day, every day of the year to email@example.com): The number is on the back of your university ID card;
- CALM (support for men, available 5pm – midnight daily): 0800 58 58 58 or chat online at www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat;
- University Security emergency number: 0161 295 3333;
- In an emergency you can call 999 for an ambulance or go to A&E.
This information is purely relating to mental health; if you need any other support see here: www.salford.ac.uk/askus/our-services.
GUIDANCE FOR STUDENTS REPORTING SEXUAL ASSAULT
The University of Salford is committed to ensuring we do everything we can to provide a safe and supportive environment for all its students and to respond appropriately to incidents of sexual assault. We have developed a guidance document which you can download or print to help you understand the options available to you, whether or not you choose to disclose to anyone at the University or use any of our support services.
If you have any other questions or need support or advice, or would like to suggest any improvements to the guidance and support we offer, please contact the askUS: Enquiries service.
Look after yourself
- You can save emergency phone numbers and what to do when you are feeling suicidal in a safety plan. Download a safety plan template (PDF 133KB)
- Be around friends or family. If this is not possible, get to a safe place and call them.
- You may also choose to call a helpline, such as the Samaritans (call 116 123), Nightline (call 0207 631 0101) or Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline(available by phone, email and chat messenger).
- Try to not consume drugs or alcohol.
- Do things you enjoy, such as listening to music, exercising, or watching a favourite TV show.
- Read and download suicide prevention resources, such as:
- Stay Alive App: A free Apple or Android app that provides access to national helplines, a personalised mini-safety plan, and guidance on how to help others who may be suicidal.
- Jason Foundation - 'A Friend Asks' app: A free information and resources app for Apple and Android to help yourself or to prevent the suicide of someone you know. Includes a ‘Get Support Now’ section for crisis situations.
Time to Talk
Appointments or Advice with Counselling and Wellbeing
Our team of advisors and Counsellors offer confidential and non-judgmental appointments. The advisors have a wealth of experience and skills including Mental Health First Aid and suicide prevention training. They will listen to you and seek to understand how you are feeling.
Our team can help you identify and access therapeutic and/or medical support, suggest adjustments to study and agree a safety plan with you. A safety plan is a personalised plan to support you step by step during periods when you're feeling suicidal.
The advisors are based across campus. You can also call us on 0161 295 0023 (option 1, option 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Support in accommodation
If you're living in a hall of residence, you can speak to on site staff who will be able to assist you if needed. They can call emergency services if you need them or refer you to the University Counselling and Wellbeing.
You can also talk to the Students’ Union Denizen reps who are based across accommodation sites. The Denizen Reps are there for you to talk to when you are struggling and will be able to offer support and signposting
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What to do if someone has shared suicidal thoughts or plans
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Advice for Staff when someone has shared Suicidal thoughts or plans
What does it mean to feel suicidal?
Supporting and referring a student who is feeling suicidal
Step 1: Encourage the student to talk
Step 2: Explain the professional support available to students and make a referral to University Counselling and Wellbeing (email@example.com 50023 opt 1 opt 1).
- The student should go directly to the Accident & Emergency (A&E) department of their local hospital to get help
- Call 999 to request an ambulance for the student if they are unable to reach the hospital themselves
if you have requested an ambulance for a student to be take to A&E please inform Counselling and Wellbeing 0161 295 0023 (or Email) so that appropriate follow up action can be taken.
Do not go to A&E with student, ask if there is someone they can call to go with them or ask if you can contact someone for them to meet them.
Share your concerns
If you have spoken to a student who has expressed thoughts, feelings or plans around suicide please inform Counselling and Wellbeing who will be able to reach out and offer the necessary support or action firstname.lastname@example.org 50023 opt 1 opt 1.
If it is out of hours and you are concerned about a students safety you can contact 111 for medical advice or 999 for advice or to request a welfare check.
Step 3: Stay in touch with the student
It is not expected that you will offer ongoing support to the student after you’ve informed them of the appropriate professional support and informed Counselling and Wellbeing
Step 4: Look after yourself
Advice for Parents or external agencies
Stay Alive app
Jason Foundation - 'A Friend Asks' app
'Let's Talk' suicide awareness training
- This is a free training course from Zero Suicide Alliance focussing on suicide awareness, including the following:
- How to spot the signs;
- How to have a conversation about suicide using scenarios;
- Personal stories to further reinforce the importance of being suicide aware.
- The training takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Public Health England (PHE) e-module
- This new training resource hopes to raise vital awareness of suicide for the wider public health workforce, including those in health, social care, the charitable sector and the public. This e-learning package provides information about suicide and what we can do to help prevent it.
- Launched on World Mental Health Day on 10 October, the 'We Need to Talk about Suicide' initiative, developed jointly by Health Education England and PHE highlights the impact of suicide on individuals, families and communities.
- Everyone has a role to play in asking about suicide – and you don’t need to be an expert in mental health to do it. If you are worried about someone don’t be afraid to talk to them, you won’t make things worse, and you can only help.
- The training takes approximately 1 hour to complete.