Step by Step provides practical support and guidance to help school, college and HEI communities prepare for, and recover from, a suspected or attempted suicide.

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Information for friends and family

How can I help the person I know? How do people respond to a suicide? These are some important things consider if you're supporting someone.

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Information for students

Suicide is a tragedy. The loss of a life through suicide has a ripple effect on everyone that had a connection with the person who has died. It can affect the whole student community and beyond.

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Information for University or College Staff

A suspected suicide at a college or university can be a traumatic and distressing event, whether or not you knew the person very well.

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Handling the media

Dealing with media enquiries and reporting of an incident at a university can add to an already stressful situation. Research shows there are risks associated with covering suicide in the media. We can help your university in handling this.

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Communicating sensitively and appropriately about suicide

Suicide is complex. We're here to help you communicate sensitively on this difficult topic.

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Memorials information

Following any death, there is a natural wish to pay tribute to the person who has died. Following a death by suspected suicide, there is a need for careful planning and management of any memorial in the university or elsewhere.

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Where else can I go for support and information?

If there's been an incident at your university, it can be hard to know where you can for support and information. Samaritans are here to support you, and signpost to other helpful sources.

Contact the Step by Step team or call 0808 168 2528

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have a vital role in responding to an attempted or suspected suicide to help the recovery process . Our Step by Step advisors offer postvention support and guidance when you need it most.

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