Suicide prevention

Suicide is a major public health problem and it has a devastating impact on the individuals, families and communities that are bereaved or affected.

In Trafford, our aim is to prevent suicide and an important way to do that is by helping people who are experiencing suicidal feelings and those bereaved or affected by suicide.

Through implementing our Suicide Prevention Strategy, we aim to further create a supportive environment to live, learn and work and where people can receive support and advice when they need it.

Our vision

We are committed to making Trafford a place where suicide prevention is everyone’s business and where people don't feel like suicide is their only option.

We will create a supportive environment to live, learn and work and where people can receive support and advice when they need it.

We will take both a universal and targeted approach to suicide prevention, prioritising groups at high risk as well as ensuring a broad reach to all our residents.

We will collaborate with all our key partners across Trafford to achieve this ambition and reach out to the wider community to ask for their support as to how we develop and deliver on our plan.

Learn to save a life with free online training

We are asking residents of Trafford to take half an hour out of their day to complete free suicide prevention training.

Suicide Prevention Training from Zero Suicide Alliance is a free online training course which will help you to:

  • identify when someone is experiencing suicidal feelings
  • speak out in a supportive manner
  • signpost to the correct services or support

Suicide is preventable and there are many free and easy ways to access support, for yourself and for people you have concerns about.

For support for people experiencing suicidal feelings if you are concerned about someone, or if you are bereaved by suicide please visit the Shining a Light on Suicide website.

Shining a Light on Suicide

Greater Manchester’s Shining A Light On Suicide campaign brings suicide to the forefront of our minds. It aims to encourage everyone to talk about suicide in an honest, open, and direct way, so no one sees suicide as a solution to their problems.

Whatever you’re going through, we’ll help you get the advice and support you need.

Greater Manchester support services

NHS Choices

Useful information on different mental health conditions as well as the facility to search for services in Trafford.

National Institute of Mental Health

Provides information on various mental health conditions.

Making Space

National Charity providing information and support to individuals with physical and/or mental health conditions, learning disabilitys and dementia. Also provides support to families and carers.


National Charity providing information for diagnosis and treatment and has 'crisis contacts'. Also provides ability to search for services.

Young Minds

Young Minds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.


Call: 116 123

Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.

Mind Infoline

Call: 0300 123 3393

The confidential Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. There are 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.

The Mix

Call: 0808 808 4994

The Mix provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems. Young people can access the The Mix's support via phone, email, peer to peer and counselling services.


Call: 0800 1111

ChildLine is a confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything - no problem is too big or too small.