Resources

Sources of help for patients, family, friends and carers

General

Samaritans

Tel: 08457 90 90 90
http://www.samaritans.org

NHS 111

Tel: 111
http://www.nhs.uk/111

NHS Choices: depression

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/depression

NHS Choices: suicide

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/suicide

Royal College of Psychiatrists: Depression

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfoforall/problems/depression.aspx

Therapeutic

Mind: how to cope with suicidal feelings

http://www.mind.org.uk/help/diagnoses_and_conditions/suicidal_feelings

Beyond Blue: depression

http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=89

Healthtalkonline: depression

A website which explored themes around depression, with illustrative interviews http://www.healthtalkonline.org/mental_health/Depression

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

A website which offers support for distressed people, especially young men http://www.thecalmzone.net/what-is-calm/

Papyrus

Support for young people with suicidal thoughts http://www.papyrus-uk.org/support/for-you

Bereavement by suicide

Help is at hand

A resource for people bereaved by suicide and other sudden, traumatic death. Can be downloaded from: http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@ps/documents/digitalasset/dh_116064.pdf

Healthtalkonline: bereavement due to suicide

A website which explores themes around bereavement, with illustrative interviews with bereaved people http://www.healthtalkonline.org/Dying_and_bereavement/Bereavement_due_to_suicide

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)

http://www.nice.org.uk/CG90

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

http://www.nice.org.uk/CG28

Practical guidance for professionals

Mind: Supporting people with depression and anxiety.

A guide for practice nurses http://www.mind.org.uk/assets/0001/4765/MIND_ProCEED_Training_Pack.pdf

National suicide prevention strategies

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

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Consultations/Liveconsultations/DH_128065

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

http://www.wales.gov.uk/splash?orig=/consultations/healthsocialcare/talktome

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

http://www.chooselife.net/

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

http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/phnisuicidepreventionstrategy_action_plan-3.pdf

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

http://www.nosp.ie/reach_out.pdf

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

http://www.nice.org.uk/CG16

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

http://www.nice.org.uk/CG133

Further reading

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