Like all suicide prevention charities, we are keen to listen to everyone’s experiences, regardless of how suicide has touched their lives.

A brief background

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SOS WAS FOUNDED BY MICHAEL MANSFIELD QC AND HIS WIFE  YVETTE GREENWAY-MANSFIELD, FOLLOWING PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OF LOSS BY SUICIDE

Our aims are simple – from the start, we realised the importance of communication, compassion and kindness to reduce shame, stigma and silence around mental health and suicide.

We are qualified by experience, not by certification.  Through bereavement and personal mental ill health challenges, we believe we have the insight necessary to best support others.  Only when you have trodden a certain path, can you understand the struggles of those coming behind you.

‘SOS is about building individual and collective resilience, empowering everyone to believe in their own self worth’ 

Yvette Greenway-Mansfield, CEO, SOS

OUR vision

MENTAL HEALTH &

SUICIDE AWARENESS

Our mission is to reduce suicide by working with organisations, charities,  individuals and communities, offering support and advice to those in need, whilst reducing the shame, stigma and silence that is all too prevalent in society

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to help work towards reducing suicide rates, year upon year. We will help to achieve this by working with organisations,  individuals, charities and communities, providing support and guidance on all aspects of mental health.  Together, we can reduce suicide rates, and encourage beneficial conversations through more communication routes

What we do

CRISIS SUPPORT

HELPLINE SUPPORT

We were formed as a social support group initially in 2015 following the loss of two loved ones to suicide.  We became a registered Charity in 2017.
Our core focus is to provide free (to the public) group meetings in a safe physical space, or online, where anyone affected by suicide can talk openly and honestly about their thoughts  of this still taboo subject. These meetings will re-commence in late 2022 or early 2023

Our aim is to reduce, and eventually eradicate, people’s feelings of shame, stigma and silence that surround not only suicide, but all mental health conditions, meaning that many people still feel unable to say how they really feel.  We also want to help reduce the suicide rates throughout the UK.
Whether our meetings are public or private, the content of  these discussions has broadened tremendously since our inception, when the focus was fully on suicide.  We now discuss, in depth, some of  the many reasons that can lead someone to have thoughts of suicide, or to attempt it.
Covid19 and its impacts have affected the mental wellbeing of many people.  When you ‘don’t feel the same’ or ‘don’t know who you are anymore’ these feelings can be frightening and lead to feelings of isolation.
We also have discussion input from people who do not class themselves, and have not been diagnosed as having,  poor mental health, but still wish to end their lives by suicide.  The reasons for this are multiple, but include not understanding the ‘purpose’ of life, feeling a sense of hopelessness (but not necessarily despair or depression) and those with terminal illnesses who wish to choose when and how they will pass away.
Wishing to end one’s life by suicide should not automatically create an assumption that poor mental health exists.
There can be many reasons for fragile mental health – financial and work concerns, domestic abuse victims, the elderly who may live alone, in care or have mobility restrictions, those in isolated professions or geographical areas, single parents struggling to cope on their own, young people and the pressures and changes they encounter as they grow up, victims of bullying,  ex service and military personnel, those meeting prejudice because of their sexuality and gender, or trying to come to terms with it themselves, ethnic minorities – the list is endless.

Where Do We Host our Discussions

Where Do We Host our Discussions
Until Covid, all of our meetings were physical group events.  We have had to amend the way we deliver our services and support people when Coronavirus visited our world.  Everyone, individually and collectively, has had to adapt as we learn to live with the virus.
Our ‘Listening Line’ Support Service, gives users the opportunity to call us between 8pm and midnight Friday to Monday inclusive.   Our number is:
0300 1020 505 (standard rate call) UK ONLY, FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN AGED 12 PLUS
Call our crisis helpline if you feel vulnerable, either because your emotional health is poor or you have feelings and thoughts of self harm or suicide.
We also host occasional online zoom meetings – check our events page regularly for details and dates.

Our physical group meetings which were hugely successful and well attended, will re-commence in either late 2022 or early 2023.

**IF YOU’RE AN EMPLOYER: Talk to us about our confidential, group talking and listening sessions that we can provide for your staff.  Whatever size your business, we can host online meetings for up to 100 staff members at a time. 
Consider using our services if you’re just starting to implement mental health support in the workplace or to complement your existing mental health support protocols.  You can contact us via our Corporate Page.

WhY

SUICIDE AWARENESS,

PREVENTION & INTERVENTION

WHY?
We believe that communication – that is speaking and listening – to others who have experienced similar situations to yourself, is key in helping people work to improve their mental wellbeing.  There is a saying ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’ and there is no doubt that talking with others that understand helps lessen the burden people carry.  At the heart of everything we do is the desire to reduce shame, stigma and silence.
Just some of the feedback from our users includes:
‘Thank you so much for listening to me, I feel better for talking’
‘Thank you for everything you do.  Your services are vital’
‘I’ve never talked to anyone about how I feel before.  You’re the first person.  Thank you so much’
‘Talking to me has given me some self help ideas for times when I feel really bad’
‘I’ve just managed to get out of bed and it’s thanks to you, you’ve given me the ability to do this’
Everyone is vulnerable, especially right now when the world as we know it has changed, bringing mental health fragilities to those who have never before experienced them and an escalation of poor mental health for vulnerable people who were already struggling.
The shame, stigma and silence that surrounds not just suicide, but mental health generally, is something we are passionate about changing.  No one should feel judged.  No one should feel awkward.  No one should feel isolated because of their poor mental health.
For as long as it takes, we will continue to support everyone and anyone who needs our help

MEET OUR TEAM
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Michael Mansfield QC
Trustee
Anita Wardle Trustee
Anita Wardle
Trustee & Events Lead
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Anthony Cash
Trustee & Advocate for people with SEN
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Lorna Hackett
Trustee
Maxine Peake
Maxine Peake
Ambassador
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Robert Rinder
Ambassador
Hugh Quarshie
Hugh Quarshie
Ambassador
Lorraine Kelly
Lorraine Kelly
Ambassador
Amy Christophers
Amy Christophers
Ambassador
Gary Webster
Gary Webster
Ambassador
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John Junior
Ambassador
Emma Kenny
Emma Kenny
Ambassador
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Rob Harkavy
Ambassador
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Peter Devlin
Ambassador
James Harknett
James Harknett
Ambassador
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Wendy Turner Webster
Ambassador
Lesley Joseph
Lesley Joseph
Ambassador
Natasha Worby
Natasha Worby
Media & PR
Tyler Cruickshank SOS Advocate for young people
Tyler Cruickshank
SOS Advocate for young people
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