Suicide awareness and prevention

Feeling unable to cope, worried you may hurt yourself or somebody else and/or experiencing suicidal feelings? 

For immediate help 

  • If your life - or someone else's life - is in immediate danger, please call 999 or go to A&E. 

For same or next day help 

You can get help with your mental health in different ways depending on what you prefer. All services are free. 

  • Call NHS 111 and select the mental health option (also known as the Sussex Mental Healthline) or the Samaritans on 116 123 (both available 24/7) 
  • Visit a Staying Well service (out-of-hours mental health crisis support service for people aged 18+ available in Crawley and Worthing
  • Text the word SUSSEX to 85258 (24/7 mental health text-messaging support service). 
  • Download the Stay Alive app - a suicide prevention resource full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. 

Other sources of help

NHS Sussex Partnership assessment and treatment services

The NHS Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust - assessment and treatment service are the entry point into specialist mental health services for adults over the age of 18 years old.

Phone 0300 304 0055 (Worthing and Littlehampton)
Phone 0300 304 0400 (Bognor and Chichester)

Preventing suicide in Sussex 

Preventing suicide in Sussex is aimed at reducing the suicide rate amongst men in Sussex.

If you need help or are concerned about someone else, please visit the Preventing suicide in Sussex website.

Sussex Mental Health Helpline

Phone 0800 0309 500

Visit the Sussex Mental Health Helpline website for more information.


Phone 116 123

Visit the


Phone 111


Phone 0300 303 5652


Our work

We believe that suicide is a preventable death. We work closely with our partnership agencies to look at support for those affected by suicide.

High risk groups

There are four population groups that have been nationally identified as at higher risk of suicide:

  • Middle aged men in their 40s and 50s
  • People who self harm
  • Children and young people up to the age of 25
  • People with a mental illness