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Every day, an average of 18 people in the UK take their own life.
Despite this, effective and ongoing support for suicidal people is hard to find. When someone attempts suicide:
- They are usually discharged from hospital within 24 hours.
- They are then referred back to their GP who will usually prescribe medication of a course Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
- The waiting list for this support is long, and patients' conditions may worsen over time.
- There is no evidence base for CBT or medication alone as effective interventions to tackle suicidal ideation.
The Listening Place meets the need for effective support for suicidal people, providing free, face-to-face, non-judgmental and confidential support to people who feel that life is no longer worth living.
Support is delivered by our fantastic team of highly-trained volunteers who deliver over 100 appointments every day from our two London sites. We operate without a waiting list, responding to all referrals within 24 hours and offering an appointment within a week.
Our visitors receive support on a fortnightly basis and always see the same volunteer, allowing them to build a healthy relationship and ensuring they don’t have to repeatedly re-tell their story.
We also know that our support works. We have a rigorous system in place to measure the impact of our service, combining qualitative feedback with quantitative data. Our latest evaluation of 1,300 visitors, led by Consultant Psychologist Dr Davidson showed that after an average of 4 months, our visitors experienced highly significant decreases in self-reported suicidal feelings, and highly significant increases in experience of support.
Just £250 will fund our support of someone for as long as it takes to reduce their suicidal feelings, providing them with potentially life-saving support.