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Suicide - support and advice

Friday 6 December 2013, 19:10

Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

Dan Hagley (Darrell Makepeace) Dan Hagley (Darrell Makepeace)

 If you've been affected by Darrell's storyline, here are sources of advice and support.
Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope round the clock, every single day of the year. They provide a safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential. Get in touch by phone or email or find the details for the local branch online
Phone: 08457 90 90 90
Email: jo@samaritans.org
www.samaritans.org
PAPYRUS and HOPELineUK
If you’re a young person and you’re considering suicide, or you feel depressed or like you’re not coping with life, HOPELineUK, provided by the organisation PAPYRUS, is a confidential helpline service staffed by trained professionals who can give support, practical advice and information. 
PAPYRUS can also offer help and advice if you’re concerned about someone you know.
Helpline: 0800 068 41 41
Email pat@papyrus-uk.org
Text 07786 209 697
www.papyrus-uk.org
CALM, the campaign against living miserably is a charity aimed at preventing male suicide in the UK. Calls to their helpline are anonymous, confidential, free from a landline and will not appear on itemised bills.
Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (daily 5pm-midnight)
www.thecalmzone.net 
Lifeline is the crisis response counselling helpline for people suffering distress or despair in Northern Ireland. Whatever your age or circumstances if you or someone you know are suffering, Lifeline is there to help. 
For immediate support, call freephone 0808 808 8000 in confidence, 24 hours a day. 
www.lifelinehelpline.info 
ZEST is an organisation dealing with problems which lead to suicidal behaviour and self-harm. 
Phone: 028 71 266 999
www.zestni.org 
Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. They are there in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and information.
If you think you need Breathing Space call 0800 83 85 87 (6pm til 2am Monday to Thursday and 24 hours at the weekend).  A BSL service is also available via the website.
www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk
Community Advice & Listening Line offers emotional support and information/literature on mental health and related matters to the people of Wales. Anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend can access the service. The C.A.L.L. Helpline offers a confidential listening and support service. 
Freephone: 0800 132 737, or text "help" to 81066.
http://callhelpline.org.uk/
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 (daily 9am - 9pm)
www.uk-sobs.org.uk 
Shelter helps three million people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness, via their website, helpline and face to face services and campaigns to prevent it in the first place.
They exist so that no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
Free Housing advice helpline: 0808 800 4444
www.shelter.org.uk 
Crisis is a national charity for single homeless people. They are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change. Their innovative education, employment, housing and well-being services address individual needs and help people to transform their lives
Phone: 0300 636 1967 
www.crisis.org.uk 
The Citizens Advice Service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice. To find details of your local bureau visit the website or text CAB and your post code to 64446.
Their self-help website has practical, reliable information to help you solve your problems.
www.adviceguide.org.uk  
Tailored advice for under 25s
www.citizensadvice.org.uk/advice4me.htm
Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales. It provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The charity campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. The Mind infoline provides information on a range of topics including types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy. They are also able to provide details of local help and support. Contact them by phone on 0300 123 3393 between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday or by email at info@mind.org.uk 
www.mind.org.uk
Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for millions of people affected by mental illness. They can provide practical advice and information about issues such as therapy and medication, benefits, debt, criminal justice and your rights under the Mental Health Act, as well as operating support groups across England. 
Rethink Information and Advice Line: 0300 5000 927 (Monday-Friday 10am-1pm) 
Email: advice@rethink.org 
www.rethink.org
SANE provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness. Their services are completely confidential and whatever your problems or concerns, you will receive non-judgemental emotional support. There are 3 main ways to reach them:
Helpline: 0845 767 8000  (available 6pm – 11pm every day)
Email: http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/email/ 
Textcare: http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/textcare/
Support Forum: http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/supportforum/ 
Website: http://www.sane.org.uk
Penumbra is a Scottish mental health charity, working to improve mental wellbeing across Scotland. They work to promote mental health and wellbeing for all, prevent mental ill health for people who are ‘at risk’ and to support people with mental health problems. They provide a wide range of services for adults and young people which offer hope and practical steps towards recovery. 
Phone: 0131 475 2380 (9am-5pm Monday – Thursday; 9am-4pm Fridays)
Email: enquiries@penumbra.org.uk
www.penumbra.org.uk
Niamh Mental Wellbeing (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) provides local services to support the mental health and wellbeing of people across Northern Ireland. Through Beacon, they provide day, housing and advocacy support for anyone with experience of mental illness as well as support groups and learning programmes. Through Carecall they provide access to counselling and psychological therapies as well as mental health and wellbeing programmes, mainly in the workplace, colleges and higher education.  
Phone: 028 9032 8474
Email: info@niamhwellbeing.org 
www.niamhwellbeing.org

Samaritans
is available for anyone struggling to cope round the clock, every single day of the year. They provide a safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential. Get in touch by phone or email or find the details for the local branch online.
Phone: 08457 90 90 90
Email: jo@samaritans.org

PAPYRUS and HOPELineUK: If you’re a young person and you’re considering suicide, or you feel depressed or like you’re not coping with life, HOPELineUK, provided by the organisation PAPYRUS, is a confidential helpline service staffed by trained professionals who can give support, practical advice and information. PAPYRUS can also offer help and advice if you’re concerned about someone you know.
Helpline: 0800 068 41 41
Email pat@papyrus-uk.org
Text 07786 209 697

CALM, the campaign against living miserably is a charity aimed at preventing male suicide in the UK. Calls to their helpline are anonymous, confidential, free from a landline and will not appear on itemised bills.
Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (daily 5pm-midnight)

Lifeline is the crisis response counselling helpline for people suffering distress or despair in Northern Ireland. Whatever your age or circumstances if you or someone you know are suffering, Lifeline is there to help. 
For immediate support, call freephone 0808 808 8000 in confidence, 24 hours a day. 

ZEST is an organisation dealing with problems which lead to suicidal behaviour and self-harm. 
Phone: 028 71 266 999

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. They are there in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and information.
If you think you need Breathing Space call 0800 83 85 87 (6pm til 2am Monday to Thursday and 24 hours at the weekend).  
A BSL service is also available via the website.

Community Advice & Listening Line offers emotional support and information/literature on mental health and related matters to the people of Wales. Anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend can access the service. The C.A.L.L. Helpline offers a confidential listening and support service. 
Freephone: 0800 132 737, or text "help" to 81066.

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 (daily 9am - 9pm)

Shelter helps three million people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness, via their website, helpline and face to face services and campaigns to prevent it in the first place.They exist so that no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
Free Housing advice helpline: 0808 800 4444

Crisis is a national charity for single homeless people. They are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change. Their innovative education, employment, housing and well-being services address individual needs and help people to transform their lives
Phone: 0300 636 1967 

The Citizens Advice Service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice.
To find details of your local bureau visit the website or text CAB and your post code to 64446.Their self-help website has practical, reliable information to help you solve your problems.
Tailored advice for under 25s

Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales. It provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The charity campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. The Mind infoline provides information on a range of topics including types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy. They are also able to provide details of local help and support.
Contact them by phone on 0300 123 3393 between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday
or by email at info@mind.org.uk 

Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for millions of people affected by mental illness. They can provide practical advice and information about issues such as therapy and medication, benefits, debt, criminal justice and your rights under the Mental Health Act, as well as operating support groups across England. 
Rethink Information and Advice Line: 0300 5000 927 (Monday-Friday 10am-1pm) 
Email: advice@rethink.org 

SANE provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness. Their services are completely confidential and whatever your problems or concerns, you will receive non-judgemental emotional support. There are 3 main ways to reach them:
Helpline: 0845 767 8000  (available 6pm – 11pm every day)
Email  

Penumbra
is a Scottish mental health charity, working to improve mental wellbeing across Scotland. They work to promote mental health and wellbeing for all, prevent mental ill health for people who are ‘at risk’ and to support people with mental health problems. They provide a wide range of services for adults and young people which offer hope and practical steps towards recovery. 
Phone: 0131 475 2380 (9am-5pm Monday – Thursday; 9am-4pm Fridays)
Email: enquiries@penumbra.org.uk

Niamh Mental Wellbeing (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) provides local services to support the mental health and wellbeing of people across Northern Ireland. Through Beacon, they provide day, housing and advocacy support for anyone with experience of mental illness as well as support groups and learning programmes. Through Carecall they provide access to counselling and psychological therapies as well as mental health and wellbeing programmes, mainly in the workplace, colleges and higher education.  
Phone: 028 9032 8474
Email: info@niamhwellbeing.org 

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer.
 
BBC Actionline - for sources on advice and support on many issues

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    Comment number 1.

    I write as somebody who has been bereaved by suicide. I have been listening to the unfolding storyline just knowing that it was going to come to Darrell attempting to take his own life. Darrell has been so hard to help but there has been little official support. The list of organisations above that are there for the suicidal is absolutely fantastic, and if one doesn't work for you, keep trying, try another one. I think of myself as a member of an exclusive club that nobody wants to join and that I don't want anyone to have to join - but I know there always will be those who slip through the cracks and leave their loved ones devastated. This is where SOBS comes in. It saved me when the unthinkable happened with the death of my brother. If Darrell does die, I hope the storyline will mention SOBS. They say that 16 people are seriously affected by each suicide, and that's a whole lot of us human beings who have a massive burden to carry for the rest of our lives.

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    Comment number 6.

    Thank you for putting this up. As a counsellor, I have been following this storyline with interest and although it makes for uncomfortable listening, I think it is a good way of widening understanding of mental illness and how Shula's lack of understanding about providing the appropriate support has been unhelpful in this case.
    The Archers has always covered difficult subjects (eg: rape, domestic abuse) and I hope will continue to reflect real life issues.

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    Comment number 7.

    Reported suicide rates are on the increase at the moment, a sign of the difficult times we are going through. And who knows how many are missed from the figures due to there being room for doubt as to whether the person truly meant to take their own life. In Darrell's case for example, should he die (which I pray he doesn't) if he was massively intoxicated, a coroner might have difficulty in reaching the conclusion that he was in sufficient control of his mind to mean to kill himself. In my earlier post, I should have said that for those left behind, as well as the SOBS national helpline, there is further support offered by SOBS to those left behind. There is a network of local groups which generally meet once a month run by and for "survivors". At the internet website of http://www.uk-sobs.org.uk/ a list of the 47 local groups is shown with details of how to get in touch with them. If you ring the national helpline, the person you speak to will also be able to signpost you to a local group. I facilitate one of the local groups and am finding it hard to spread the word locally. So it would be a huge help if the storyline could help SOBS a little bit - I hope it won't spoil anyone's enjoyment. All services are completely free and confidential by the way. I'm sorry if the subject spoiled your entertainment Mags but all we know (or at least me!) is that Darrell has taken an overdose of pills. I'm on tenterhooks to hear what the outcome is. I hope he survives and then that he receives the mental health care he so desperately needs. I fear that the NHS will not have the resources but there are some fantastic charities out there, paramount amongst them being MIND. In Darrell's case, there is also a homeless issue, and let's add SHELTER to the helplist, also CRISIS AT CHRISTMAS. They have lots of adverts out at the moment for ways you can book a place at their tables http://community.crisis.org.uk/reserve

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    Comment number 35.

    Nemo in the nicest possible way I don't much care what the sws want me to think and I don't care one whit what other listeners think either. I simply listen to what's on air and make up my own mind. I have really liked the way that three people in the village, Shula, Neil and Eddie have chosen not to turn their backs on Darrell (and Jimus to a lesser extent).

    And as to the high horse moralists I'm afraid the fact is that many homeless people aren't loveable people without a past. But that doesn't make them - including Darrell - less worthy of helping to bring them back into society. I reckon Darrell has a lot of good to give if only people can get through the smell and his past stupidity. I think those who who are outraged at Darrell's crimes might make the world a better place if they concentrated instead on bringing to book the Matts and Des' of this world who push the Darrells of this world into these hideous places.

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    Comment number 31.

    Oh well, I suppose it shows the sws can't please everyone. I haven't enjoyed this sl but I have been pretty gripped by it. I suspect that you could point a finger at most people on the streets as having brought it on themselves and condemn them for the desperate actions they then take as a result of being homeless - and point the same finger at all the rest of us who are lucky enough not to have found ourselves on the streets though we're not saints.

    But we've heard Darrell being bullied by Elona and Matt and that Des bloke and between them I'd say they've driven a gormless but essentially harmless and well meaning man to do all sorts of ghastly things.

    As to his family, while poor Darrell loves them of course, I'd say that one of the good things
    about his current situation is that at least he's away from the corrosive selfish grasping wife and daughters that he's had the misfortune to marry/produce. My only cheer will come if I hear the appalling Rosa fall off her scooter as she revs off in high dudgeon.

    (Hurray for Eddie and Neil this evening.)

 

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