SUICIDE PREVENTION CHARITY 

SUICIDAL IDEATION ?

POOR EMOTIONAL HEALTH ?

However suicide or poor mental health has touched you
LET SOS BE PART OF YOUR JOURNEY TO A BRIGHTER, SAFER PLACE
Mental Health & Suicide Awareness & Prevention Charity
Mental Health Matters

SOS SERVICES & 2023 Plans

Phone Support

Our telephone support line, for those struggling and/or in crisis, gives users the opportunity to call our fully trained and security checked volunteers between 8pm and midnight every evening.   Our number is:

0300 1020 505

Our volunteers support children aged 12 upwards , young people and adults

 

If we are busy or closed and you need help in a life threatening situation, call 999 immediately.

Group Face To Face Meetings

During 2023,  our highly regarded and well attended group meetings will be regular events.  These are  free to the public.  Many of these will be in our local Warwickshire communities of Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Stratford Upon Avon and Warwick although we will also be travelling nationally, as we always have done.

Our meetings are spaces where people can feel safe, unjudged and free to speak and/or listen as they choose.

If you’re a local or national business who wishes to sponsor one of our group meetings, please get in touch by emailing support@sossilenceofsuicide.org and we will get back to you.

Online Meetings

Even though SOS have not hosted any online public meetings recently, we are hoping to present more of these during 2023.

Anyone is welcome and they are free of charge, just like our face to face meetings.

You’re not obliged to give your name or even have your camera on – it’s a safe, confidential space for you to talk or listen as you prefer.

For updates on this service, please check our Events tab on our home page in the New Year

If anyone would like to sponsor our online meetings, please get in touch by emailing support@sossilenceofsuicide.org

Plans for 2023

SOS have grown steadily and strongly since becoming a charity in 2017.  We have remained determined to deliver a quality and consistent service that benefits everyone who needs us.

Exciting Developments for service expansion coming in 2023 – keep checking our website

Our exciting and ambitious plans for 2023 are energising everyone at the charity.  From more community based engagement programmes, to delivery of bespoke training courses, to extending our helpline and converting to a freephone line, there is a lot to be excited about.

Keep an eye on our website and be first to see the announcements as they appear.

SUICIDE AWARENESS & SUPPORT

Mental Health Matters

Our vision is to help drive a reduction in suicide rates by working with organisations, charities,  individuals and communities, offering support,  guidance & empowerment to those in need, or in crisis,  whilst reducing the shame, stigma and silence that is all too prevalent in society

We will continue to play our part in aiming to reduce suicide rates across the UK

2023 will be a year of significant progression and change for SOS.  We have very ambitious and exciting plans that will affect everyone we support for the better.  

We have a new investing partner coming on board, and we will also be opening our first ever SOS Hub – a place of safety and company for anyone who’s vulnerable.

We’ll be expanding into local communities, aiming to work with displaced and disadvantaged people, as well as turning our standard rate phone line into a freephone number.  That, along with bespoke training courses unique to SOS and our desire to increase our phone line hours along with our free face to face meetings means there should be a type of support to suit everyone.

Please check this website for updates in the New Year.

Charities are doing an amazing job supporting as many people as possible.  But with stretched resources and clinical expertise  and resources not necessarily available within charities, it is essential that access to the right NHS services which offer continuity and consistency have increased funding and staffing.

More money needs to be allocated towards mental health; not just that, it’s important that the right, fully trained and dedicated clinicians are available to those who need them.

Waiting lists are currently too long and for some, too late.  Poor mental health and feelings of suicide do not go away over night and patients deserve help when they need it, not when the system decides to give them long overdue access.

This country should, and could, be doing much better in the adequate provision of mental health care

Get behind your local, smaller charities who are struggling to support increasing numbers of vulnerable children and adults due to the lack of appropriate services and the ‘heat or eat’ crisis currently hitting huge numbers of people and families throughout the UK

Every day at SOS we are contacted by people who are struggling, those who are bereaved and those who have been waiting for the appropriate assessment and care for far too long.  For some, access to care comes too late.

This is not a criticism of those who work within the NHS – they work tirelessly and often without thanks doing one of the most demanding jobs there is.  But just like the population, they are tired.  We are all tired of the failures to address and implement proper care within the NHS system.  Mental health is just one of the areas of concern, but it appears to be one of the least invested in, as always, the one that ‘can wait’.  The structure is broken.

Luckily, charities are here to help support people let down by the system, people who feel they have nowhere to turn, who need help because there problems are too large and complex to handle by themselves.

We want to hear your stories, particularly if you feel you have been let down, forgotten abandoned or not treated with the level of compassion and humanity you deserve.

Our aim is to put a collection together that can be utilised to put pressure on Government and NHS Trusts to put mental health patients at least on an equal footing to other patients.  People talking about their lived experiences, whether they are in the past or ongoing, whether it’s about themselves or someone they know, all of these experiences are important and should be catalogued.

If you’d like to help with our project, please email in the strictest confidence to contact@sossilenceofsuicide.org and we will get back to you.

OS

MEET OUR TEAMMEET THE SOS TEAM

SOS Mental Health & Suicide Charity Trustee
Michael Mansfield
Trustee
Mental Health and Suicide Awareness
Lorna Hackett
Trustee
Anita Wardle SOS Trustee
Anita Wardle
Trustee
anthony cash
Anthony Cash
Trustee
Robert Rinder SOS Ambassador
Robert Rinder
Ambassador
Lorraine Kelly SOS Ambassador
Lorraine Kelly
Ambassador
Hugh Quarshie SOS Ambassador
Hugh Quarshie
Ambassador
Wendy Turner Webster SOS Ambassador
Wendy Turner-Webster
Ambassador
Gary Webster SOS Ambassador
Gary Webster
Ambassador
Maxine Peake SOS Ambassador
Maxine Peake
Ambassador
John Junior SOS Ambassador
John Junior
Ambassador
Emma Kenny SOS Ambassador
Emma Kenny
Ambassador
Rob Harkavy SOS Ambassador
Rob Harkavy
Ambassador
Amy Christophers SOS Ambassador
Amy Christophers
Ambassador
Peter Devlin SOS Ambassador
Peter Devlin
Ambassador
James Harknett SOS Ambassador
James Harknett
Ambassador
Lady Colin Campbell
Lady Colin Campbell
Ambassador
Mental Health and Suicide Awareness
Erica Scott
SOS Advocate for Volunteering
SOS Mental Health Charity
Yvette Greenway
CEO
Privacy Preferences
When you visit our website, it may store information through your browser from specific services, usually in form of cookies. Here you can change your privacy preferences. Please note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our website and the services we offer.