Look Out For Wolverhampton (LOFW) is an ongoing suicide prevention awareness campaign for our city.

This website contains a range of resources, and sources of help and support which aim to help everyone in Wolverhampton to play their part in preventing suicide – one conversation at a time.

The resources address some of the myths and misunderstandings that can surround suicide and leave us feeling unable to offer meaningful help to others in distress, or seek help for ourselves.


About the campaign

Look Out For Wolverhampton is one aspect of the work of Wolverhampton Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Forum (WSPS Forum). The Forum is made up of a wide range of statutory, voluntary and community organisations in the city that work together to prevent suicide and support anyone affected by it .

Many more people are affected by suicide than we might realise including:

  • Anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by life, feels like they are a burden to others, are in emotional and physical pain, and may be having thoughts about ending their own life
  • Anyone who is worried about someone they know (whether a neighbour, a loved one, a mate, a work colleague, or someone they have just met)
  • Anyone who has been bereaved by suicidef

The simple campaign messages are that:

  • We can all Look Out For Wolverhampton by playing our part to keep people safe if we:
    • Look Out For a Loved One
    • Look Out For a Mate
    • Look Out For a Colleague
    • Look Out For Anyone We Know or Care About
  • There is always hope – feelings that life is unbearable can pass
  • Help and support is available locally and nationally every day of the year and at all times of the day
  • Talking about suicidal distress and emotional pain doesn’t make it more likely, it actually reduces the risk
  • Make a Big Difference with a Small Question
  • Ask “But how are you really?”, listen and show that you care
  • Anyone could have thoughts about ending their own life
  • Look out for the signs

You can support the campaign as an individual, or as a member of a community group or an organisation / company. Share the campaign messages, resources and get involved to help you to Look Out For a Mate, Look Out For a Loved One, Look Out For a Colleague, and Look Out For the Signs.

Remember, every situation will be different. It is important to recognise that whilst you can make a difference to someone else by listening with a commitment to possibly support, you do not have control over them or their actions; we only ever have control over ourselves. We can potentially influence and encourage people to seek the help they may need and deserve, but we cannot assume absolute responsibility for their life.

If you are in an abusive relationship or an unsafe situation, you may experience someone expressing that they are feeling suicidal as a means of trying to control or coerce you. You do not need to stay in an unsafe or abusive relationship out of fear that they might take their life if you leave.

Support and Help

There is a wide range of support available for anyone who: is thinking of taking their own life; worried about someone else; or has been bereaved by suicide. Contact any of the FREE, CONFIDENTIAL Helpline numbers, Text Messaging, or Online Chat services below.


If you think you are about to take your own life, call 999 and ask for an ambulance

SAMARITANS - (24/7 help)
: 116 123
jo@samaritans.org - samaritans.org
54 Newhampton Road West, WV6 0RU

9am – midnight
Preventing Young Suicide in under 35s
08000 684 141 or text 07860 039967
pat@papyrus-uk.org - papyrus-uk.org

CHILDLINE - (24/7 help)
0800 1111
Online Counsellor chat - childline.org.uk

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Crisis Line - (24/7 help)
08000 086 516 or text 07860 025281

KALEIDOSCOPE PLUS GROUP - (24/7 inc. support for people bereaved by suicide)
Text messaging support: TeamKPG to 85258

Other support and information

If you are feeling overwhelmed or that life isn’t worth living

Samaritans Self-Help App

Stay Alive App

Coping With Suicidal thoughts

Making a safety plan

Papyrus (for U35s) – HOPEBOX

Relaxing and calming exercises

General wellbeing resources

If you are worried about someone else


Stay Alive App

Anyone who has been bereaved by suicide

Suicide can have far-reaching effects among friends, family, colleagues and the wider community. Bereavement by suicide is often described as a complicated grief, and pain with the volume yanked up. We might be effected by the loss of someone who we do not know, but do find some level of connection with, through their story.

For many people who navigate such a complicated grief, they would argue that they struggle with the wider communities difficulty to acknowledge their support needs and loss. It might be suggested that this is because we fear saying the wrong thing or we do not know what support is available. A compassionate response is really important, just as it would be due to any other cause of loss and bereavement.

If you are a front line worker who has responded to or been exposed to suicide, or someone who has lost a patient, service user, student or pupil, such exposure and loss can have an impact too. It is important for you to know that you too can be supported.

Local and national help and support is available for you or anyone you care about.

‘Help is at Hand – Support After Someone May Have Died by Suicide’ – co-produced by people who have been bereaved by suicide and Public Health England.

Kaleidoscope Plus Group Suicide Bereavement Support – offers free, confidential support to anyone who has been bereaved by suicide including, Peer Support groups –in-person in the Black Country, and virtual. All groups are facilitated by trained professionals. Phone, email and online support.

Children and young people: Kooth, Cruse Bereavement Support, Childline - Get Support, and Childline - Bereavement

Compton Care Bereavement Hubs: Not specific to bereavement by suicide but provide a friendly place for people to meet and talk with others who have experienced loss and grief.

First Hand - for anyone affected by witnessing a suicide, when they did not know the person who has died.


Get involved

Anyone and any organisation, group or company can support suicide prevention in Wolverhampton, and the work of Wolverhampton Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Forum in any of the following ways:

Order resources

Order and collect campaign resources

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Download resources

Download the digital campaign resources from the Resources section

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Advertise your events

Tell us about your events - let us know what you are planning to spread the campaign messages.

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Social Media

Share photos and social media posts using #LookOutForWolverhampton


Share messages

Share messages of hope (maybe from your own experience) in writing or with a short video (30 secs max) by email to info@lookoutforwolverhampton.net or WhatsApp to 07981 931849


Meet us

Meet us to say hi or have a chat at one of our events

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Look out for a colleague - A3 poster

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Look out for a loved one - A3 poster

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Look out for a colleague - A3 poster

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Look out for the signs - A3 poster.pdf

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Look out for Wolverhampton - A0 Poster

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Look out for Wolverhampton - Bereaved Business Card

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Look out for the Wolverhampton - Overwhelmed Business Card

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Look out for Wolverhampton - Take a min Business Card

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Wolverhampton Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Forum Partners

The following organisations work together to prevent suicides in Wolverhampton and support this campaign.

Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council Logo
University of Wolverhampton Logo
The Wolves Foundation Logo
The Recovery College Logo
Sactuary Base 25 logo
Recovery near you logo
The Kaleidoscope Group Logo
CCG Logo
Base 25 logo
P3 logo
Samaritans Wolverhampton Logo
West Midlands Fire Service Logo
City of Wolverhampton Council Logo
Wolverhampton Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Forum Charitable Trust logo

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