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Shining a Light
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We’re bringing suicide out of the dark in Greater Manchester because it affects us all. Whether you’re feeling suicidal, worried someone else is, or have lost someone to suicide, you’re not alone. Whatever you’re going through, we’ll help you get the advice and support you need.

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Feeling suicidal is more common than people realise.

If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, it’s important to talk. Telling someone how you’re feeling is the first step to getting help, staying safe and getting through this.

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Whatever you’re going through, Samaritans will face it with you.

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Feeling suicidal is more common than people realise.

If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, it’s important to talk. Telling someone how you’re feeling is the first step to getting help, staying safe and getting through this.

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Need to talk?

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116 123

Whatever you’re going through, Samaritans will face it with you.

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Make a safety plan

A safety plan will help to remind you of the things you can do to get through difficult times.

If you’re worried that someone may be thinking of suicide, you could work through their safety plan with them or help them to make a plan.

You don’t have to be a professional to help someone who is thinking of suicide.

If you’re worried that someone you know might be thinking of suicide, the best thing to do is ask directly and be ready to listen.

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Learn to save a life

Learn how to start an important conversation with this free online training.

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If you’re bereaved by suicide

We know that any bereavement is hard but losing someone to suicide can bring different challenges. There is support available to you and your family to help you deal with your loss. You do not have to deal with your grief alone.

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Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Information Service

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0161 983 0700

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sb.is@nhs.net

Available Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm (except bank holidays).

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Stories of hope

By sharing these stories, we want to encourage others to talk about suicide, to remain hopeful during difficult times and save lives.

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Danny’s story

Former professional rugby player Danny struggled with suicidal thoughts after he became injured and his rugby career ended.

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Rebecca’s story

Writing a letter to her doctor was Rebecca’s first step in sharing how she was feeling.

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Sam’s story

After struggling with depression, Sam opened up to others to get the support he needed to overcome his suicidal feelings.

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Darran’s story

Darran struggled with alcohol dependency and suicidal feelings but found hope after speaking to Samaritans.

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Owen’s story

After leaving the military, Owen suffered from PTSD and suicidal thoughts. Now, he supports other military veterans who are struggling.

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Donna’s story

Donna, who lost her son Anthony to suicide, encourages everyone to talk about suicide and mental health.

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National support

Information and services for people who are struggling to cope, wanting to find out how to help someone or are looking for bereavement support.