Suicide Prevention

What we offer

The programme employs a highly trained and experienced Suicide Specialist Worker supported by 2 trained and well volunteers/recovery champions.

The volunteers/recovery champions have themselves lived experience of suicide ideation and support the Specialist Worker throughout the delivery of the programme.

This is an innovative programme programme provided in a three stage process: 



A 12 weeks support programme, but flexible depending upon service users needs  All clients are assessed when presenting to the service so this project will be able to identify those at risk of suicide. Those identified as risk will be supported by the Team with a package of measures that will reduce the immediate likelihood of suicide.

Activities include:

  • Crisis work. Short motivation therapy
  • Counselling. Weekly one-to-one counselling sessions using techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy, which provides the tools and techniques needed to manage suicide ideation 
  • Weekly support group and workshops. The group includes thematic discussions (i.e. triggers for suicide ideation) peer support, and talks by health providers. The workshops include specific subjects, such as relaxation techniques,  meditation and mindfulness



An extra 12 weeks support, but flexible depending on service users needs. A  longer term support designed to prevent a relapse back into suicide ideation.

Activities include:

  • Mental health support. One-to-one counselling and a weekly relapse prevention group, which includes ongoing peer support.
  • Telephone and skype support  
  • Mentoring.  Ongoing support is provided by a named volunteer with lived experience of suicide ideation, which includes ongoing motivational support
  • Links to other services. We works closely with partners to provide a comprehensive package of support as needed, including links to employment training, housing services, faith and social groups, volunteering opportunities, improved welfare benefits.
  • Crisis service is available as and when needed this



Support for as long as is necessary 

In this stage as service users are moving forward, the likelihood of suicide in many cases is greatly reduced, however the following activities are still available:

  • Employment Skills
  • Ongoing Mentoring support.  Service users continue to receive support from a named volunteer with lived experience of suicide ideation who provides ongoing motivational support.
  • Weekly Self-help group. In this group service users will gain support over wider issues than just mental health, such as finding employment and gaining training.
  • Crisis and telephone and/or skype services are available should service users still need it

We also provide support in the area of Suicide Prevention and Management, to other local organisations, as well as carers and family members, in the 5 London Boroughs the cover, Merton, Sutton, Wandsworth, Kingston and Richmond.  Such as:

  • Training
  • Workshops
  • Education
  • Guidance and Advice


Who can access the programme

The programme can be accessed by any residents of the 5 London Boroughs that we cover, Merton, Sutton, Wandsworth, Kingston and Richmond, aged 16 years old and over, who experiences thoughts, feelings or suicidal ideation and/or plan.


How can the programme be accessed

We maintain a very simple referrals process. While any professional can contact CDARS for a referral, anyone who feels at risk can call the service via:

Email at:

Telephone: 0203 8728217

Or to speak directly to our Suicide Prevention Programme Co-ordinator, or leave a message at:

07943 171752   

Some Feedback from Service Users who Have Accessed the Programme are:

  • "When I feel low now and think about ending, I know what to do, I call my Keyworker and talk about my feelings" 
  • "When I feel like ending it all, talking through with my key worker, clarifies my mind and gives me the strength to carry on"
  • "Counselling gives me the skills to cope and change my destructive thoughts"
  • "When I feel too low to carry on I pick up the phone and call my key worker, I found always very helpful to carry on" 
  • "When I came for the first time to the Sunshine Recovery café I was depressed and lonely on the verge of ending it, I feel now can cope and manage myself"
  • "The Sunshine Recovery café saved my life"
  • “No way was I expecting this kind of optimism and hope, I feel truly so much more positive, sincerely feel I’ll be fitting in thanking you” “I was distressed when I arrived but was able to speak to staff straight away” 


This service is funded by