The recent and very sad death of Robin Williams who it appears made a decision to take his own life has made the issue of suicide front page news. For some people these headlines will be another reminder of their own thoughts, feelings and emotions and for others a sad reminder of the loss of a loved one who made that same decision.
C.A.L.L. helpline knows how frightening thoughts of suicide are, we hear it everyday. We hear from those whose mental health problems become overwhelming and they see no other way out and from those who have made attempts on their lives in the past and become scared they may do it again.
Just under 6% (878) of the callers to the helpline in 2013 identified themselves as experiencing suicide ideation (thoughts of harming themselves) or were worried about a family member or friend and seeking help on their behalf.
Janet Roberts, Helpline Manager said “Calls from people who are feeling suicidal come in at anytime of year, but when the subject is so high profile across the media, it can be a vivid reminder of their own dark thoughts, past attempts and loved ones lost. We at CALL just want to let people know they do not have to struggle alone with those thoughts and emotions – we are here 24/7 to provide support, information and signposting.
CALL particularly wants to raise awareness of three booklets that we can provide free of charge to anyone living in Wales. The booklets “ U can cope! – How to cope when life is difficult”, “Feeling on the Edge? Helping you get through it” and “Feeling overwhelmed – helping you stay safe” are aimed at helping people cope and develop safety plans for when life feels difficult and overwhelming.
Booklets can be ordered by ringing the freephone number 0800 132 737 or online via our website www.callhelpline.org.uk
HELPLINE: Freephone 0800 132 737
Web site: www.callhelpline.org.uk
Text the word help and your question to 81066
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Information: C.A.L.L. provides an all Wales multi channel mental health support service. Contact can be made by telephone, text, website, Twitter and Facebook.
C.A.L.L. is funded by Welsh Government to provide a listening ear, information on statutory and voluntary services as well as free self help literature to anyone in Wales. The service can help anyone who feels they would benefit from talking through their feelings and emotions in confidence or needs signposting to local support agencies or free factsheets/leaflets.