iPM: Depression and suicide support
On iPM this week, a listener told us about his experience of depression as part of an interview about gun licensing.
Below are a list of organisations which offer support for people with depression.
Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours a day)
HOPELineUK, provided by the organisation PAPYRUS, is a specialist telephone helpline service staffed by trained professionals who can give support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about themselves, and to anyone who is concerned about a young person. They will listen in confidence and try to help you deal with your own suicidal thoughts or cope with someone else who may be feeling this way.
Helpline: 0800 068 41 41 (Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm; 7pm to 10pm; weekends 2pm to 5pm).
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. Phone: 0844 561 6855 (9am to 9pm every day)
SANE is a UK-wide charity set up to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness, including depression.
It aims to provide care and emotional support for people with mental health problems, their families and carers as well as information for other organisations and the public. Phone: 0845 767 8000 (6pm to 11pm)
Mind campaigns for the rights of people with mental health problems covering England and Wales. The Mind Infoline provides information on a range of topics including types of mental distress, where to get help, drug and alternative treatments and advocacy. They are also able to provide details of local help and support. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)