Sources of help for patients, family, friends and carers



Tel: 08457 90 90 90

NHS 111

Tel: 111

NHS Choices: depression

NHS Choices: suicide

Royal College of Psychiatrists: Depression


Mind: how to cope with suicidal feelings

Beyond Blue: depression

Healthtalkonline: depression

A website which explored themes around depression, with illustrative interviews

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

A website which offers support for distressed people, especially young men


Support for young people with suicidal thoughts

Bereavement by suicide

Help is at hand

A resource for people bereaved by suicide and other sudden, traumatic death. Can be downloaded from:

Healthtalkonline: bereavement due to suicide

A website which explores themes around bereavement, with illustrative interviews with bereaved people

Self-help books

  • Gilbert, P. (2009). Overcoming depression: A guide to recovery with a complete self-help programme. London: Robinson.
  • Veale, D., & Willson, R. (2007). Manage your mood: How to use behavioural activation techniques to overcome depression. London: Robinson.
  • Westbrook, D. (2005). Managing depression. Oxford: OCTC Warneford Hospital.
  • Williams, J. M. G. (2007). The mindful way through depression: Freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Butler, G., & Hope, R. A. (1995). Managing your mind: The mental fitness guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Information for professionals

NICE guidance on management of depression

Depression: the NICE guideline on the treatment and management of depression in adults (updated edition)

Depression in children and young people: identification and management in primary, community and secondary care

Practical guidance for professionals

Mind: Supporting people with depression and anxiety.

A guide for practice nurses

National suicide prevention strategies

Preventing suicide in England: a cross- government outcomes strategy to save lives (2012)

Talk to me: A national action plan to reduce suicide and self harm in Wales 2008-2013

Choose life: National strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland

Protect Life: a shared vision. The Northern Ireland Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan (2012- March 2014)

Reach out: Irish National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention 2005-2014

NICE guidance on management of self-harm

Self-harm: The short-term physical and psychological management and secondary prevention of self-harm in primary and secondary care

Self-harm: The NICE guideline on longer-term management

Further reading

Kutcher, S. P., & Chehil, S. (2007). Suicide risk management: A manual for health professionals. Malden, Mass: Blackwell.