Deborah's story


Being patched up physically is never enough

"I’ve been to A&E quite a number of times after trying to kill myself."

"Sometimes they’re kind, but sometimes they just don’t seem to have the time.

"I took an overdose and had to have my stomach pumped. They patch you up physically, but then they send you home.

"Once after I nearly died I was told that I should ‘go for a walk and try to distract myself."

Deborah’s not alone.

Hospitals do a brilliant job of saving people’s lives, but the specialist support people in crisis need isn’t always there.

We can change this, together.

Local councils have a responsibility for suicide prevention. This means that they need to work with health services to make sure people in situations like Deborah’s are getting the help they need. At the moment, a lot of councils could be doing so much more. Email your council now.

If you’ve been affected by any of the issues in this story, you can call us on 116 123 for free, confidential support.

To find out more about the Local Action Saves Lives campaign, read Mike and Stella's stories.

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