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I'm feeling suicidal / I'm worried about someone who might be suicidal.

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Spectrum Life is our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which is a confidential, neutral service provided by an external company to support colleagues at the University, including free counselling. 

Suicide - awareness and support

If you’re having thoughts about ending your life, please tell someone.

  • Help and support is available for you right now - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Reach out, as there are people ready to support you - you don’t have to struggle alone.


  • If you you are thinking of ending your life or have seriously harmed yourself in some way, dial 999 and ask for the Ambulance Service or ask someone else to do this for you. Alternatively go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
  • You can find your local Urgent Mental Health Line by visiting the NHS websiteThe First Response Service (FRS) puts you and your mental health first, providing a service seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Free, 24/7 text/email/forum/call support:

  • Samaritans: 24 hr helpline offering emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. Helpline: 116 123 (free of charge from a landline or mobile) or email: for a reply within 24hrs
  • SHOUT: text 85258 for 24/7 help from a crisis volunteer.
  • Breaking The Silence SF: a website for suicidal people and those in mental health crisis. Online forums, chat, information and support.

In an emergency: Call 999 or take them to A&E and stay with them until they are seen by a member of the mental health team.

  • This leaflet provides information about what to do if you are worried about someone. This guidance was developed at the University of Exeter Medical School, in collaboration with The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC), and produced by Devon County Council.
  • Remember – it is safe to talk about suicide with someone if they seem really down and you think they might be thinking about ending their life.

If in doubt, follow the ALGEE steps:

  • A – ASSESS for risk of suicide or harm. Call 999 if there is an immediate risk.
  • L – LISTEN non-judgmentally. 
  • G – GIVE information and encouragement. 
  • E – ENCOURAGE professional help. 
  • E – ENCOURAGE self help or other support.