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Our dedicated suicide prevention resource. Find out about help and support in Westminster.

Stay with us: preventing suicide together

Welcome to our dedicated suicide prevention resource. We want to raise awareness of suicide and its impact on our communities. Here, you will find practical information on the support available locally in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea, as well as nationally.

If you are struggling with poor mental health and require urgent help, please call 999 or, if possible, seek support at your local A&E.

Samaritans also offer 24-hour support by phone (116 123) or email.

You can also text SHOUT to 85258 for confidential, anonymous 24-hour support.

Suicide prevention help and support

John's story

John Whitebrook lost his son Alex in 2017. Alex was just 26 years old at the time.

John talks about life before and after losing a loved one to suicide and the help that is available. 

Our suicide prevention strategy

The Suicide Prevention Strategy for Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster (2022-2025) is a three-year plan. The aim is to prevent suicide in our communities and offer support to those impacted by it. 

How we will deliver this strategy

The strategy highlights the importance of working together with local voluntary and community organisations, Central North West London NHS (CNWL) and council front-line services. We also want to ensure that residents are at the centre of the decision-making.   

We aim to carry out evidence-based measures across eight priority areas over the next three years through our Suicide Prevention Action Plan. 

Our eight priority areas include: 

  • making our community safer by raising awareness of suicide 
  • reducing suicide in key high-risk groups  
  • reducing the risk of self-harm   
  • supporting good mental health  and wellbeing
  • improving access to services
  • services for those bereaved or affected by suicide 
  • addressing stigma and promoting sensitive approaches to suicide
  • collecting data to improve key services