About Suicide Crisis
Suicide Crisis is a registered charity that works nationally and locally to prevent suicide.
We also run an award-winning Suicide Crisis Centre.
The unique methods and approach we use at our Suicide Crisis Centre have drawn international attention, including from the Ministry of Health in New Zealand – they wrote to commend our work in 2019.
We now provide suicide prevention training to organisations across the UK, including the British Transport Police and NHS Trusts. There are also two books available which share our methods and approach with the wider public and professionals: suicidecrisis.co.uk/suicide-prevention-techniques
The charity also campaigns nationally for improvements in mental health services. Our CEO regularly attends and contributes to meetings of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Suicide and Self Harm Prevention.
The charity’s founder and CEO is a survivor of suicidal crisis. She set up the charity in 2012 because she couldn’t find the type of help she needed. She felt that there was a need for a new crisis service which would provide a different approach and ethos from that of psychiatric crisis teams. Our first Suicide Crisis Centre was set up in 2013. Our services have evolved to provide what our clients say they want and need.
Although the Suicide Crisis Centre is open to anyone who is feeling suicidal, we have a particular commitment to supporting people whose crisis has been triggered by a traumatic experience or experiences.
A small team of dedicated, caring, well-qualified individuals will support you. By ensuring that only a small number of team members work with you, we can really get to know you. This allows us to build trust, and offer continuity. Our approach is based on empathy, care and kindness.
We recognise that you are an individual and that the amount and type of crisis support that you need is unique to you.
We can continue to help as you move out of crisis into recovery.
Our team members have counselling skills training and suicide intervention skills training, but we are providing crisis support, not counselling. All of our team members are qualified, experienced, BACP-accredited counsellors, though, apart from one. Our team has access to a number of advisers, including an advising psychiatrist and a lead clinician of a psychological therapies service. However, our psychiatrist (and other advisers) do not work directly with clients – they advise us, when we need specialist information and advice about client issues. We never reveal the name of a client, when we seek advice from our NHS specialists/advisers.
The charity provides a Suicide Crisis Centre and a Trauma Centre. A lot of the work at the Trauma Centre is about early intervention, because people who experience trauma-related conditions (such as PTSD and dissociation) are at higher risk of self-harm and suicide.
Suicide Crisis is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in England and Wales, company number 8326320. Registered as a Charity in England and Wales, number 1170444.