Concerned about someone?
What to do if you are worried about someone else
If someone close to you is showing signs of depression there are a number of things you can do to help:
- Listen to their concerns: Getting things off their chest may help to ease their immediate stress. Telling them “everything will be ok” or “pull yourself together” is NOT helpful.
- Be supportive: Although you might not be able to provide direct help, offer them comfort and reassurance
- Respect their confidence: Someone who is depressed may have trouble opening up about their problem so it’s important if they feel they can trust you
- Most importantly, encourage them to seek professional help: Offer to go with them if they would find it helpful
- Take advice yourself on how to help: Find out more about stress and depression
- As a partner or friend, you can advise their GP if you are concerned about their health: The GP cannot discuss their patient with you but your information might be useful
If you think someone is in crisis and having suicidal thoughts,
please take action immediately.
A person could be at risk of taking their own life if they are very seriously depressed or if they are not necessarily depressed but are trying to cope with multiple serious life events e.g. a relationship has broken down, business problems and a bereavement.
- Contact their GP and inform them that it is urgent
- Contact Samaritans: (Call 116 123) Samaritans provide help and emotional support 24/7 to anyone who needs support. If you are worried about someone, they can give you support too. You do not have to give your name. www.samaritans.org
- Contact the Maytree Centre: (Call 020 7263 7070) Based in North London, Maytree is a residential sanctuary for the suicidal. It takes guests for four days to help them through a crisis. It is totally confidential and you don't need a doctor's referral. www.maytree.org.uk
- Remove keys to chemical stores and gun cabinets: think about other risk factors: this might allow time for the person in crisis to seek the professional help they need and your actions could save a life.
- Police advise that if you believe there is an urgent need to remove a firearm (a rifle or shotgun) and the owner is willing to allow it, you may remove it immediately. See further details below.
- Be vigilant: Try not to leave the person on their own, if possible
- Show the person you genuinely care: This can often be enough in itself to prevent the person from taking their life in a moment of crisis
Don't be afraid to make that call or raise your concerns:
Your actions could save a life
If a person in crisis owns a firearm you will no doubt be worried that taking steps to have it removed may get them into trouble, resulting in them having their firearms certificate removed and also that if you take steps to remove it there may be adverse implications for you.
There is a huge misconception that if you have suffered or are suffering from depression or stress, you will automatically be refused a shotgun or firearm certificate. The Norfolk Police advise that this is not the case. There are numerous certificate holders that have been treated for depression and stress related issues and yet still are granted a certificate.
For Norfolk and Suffolk: If you do remove someone's firearms, the Firearms Licensing Department should be contacted immediately so that arrangements can be made for the firearm to be handed into the police. In these circumstances the police will accept that you acted responsibly and will not consider any sanctions against you.
In any other circumstances or for general advice on removing firearms please contact the Joint Firearms Licensing Department on 01953 424141, by email - or alternatively contact the YANA helpline.
For an emergency situation involving a firearm,
you should ring the police on 101 or 999.