If you have serious concerns about a prisoner who has expressed suicidal feelings or threatened to harm themselves in any way, please voice your concerns immediately. You can contact the visitors' centre, Duty Governor or if the prison has a Suicide Prevention Coordinator, the Duty Governor may refer you on to them. 

You can also contact our helpline on 0808 808 3444 and our volunteers will be able to get directly in touch with the prison. 

Will the prisoner be punished?

No. If the prisoner is deemed to be at risk of suicide or self-harm the prison will ensure that they are correctly supported and monitored until they are no longer considered to be at risk. 

What help is available in prison?

Prisoners can approach officers on the wing with problems or concerns - if the prison assigns personal officers, that would be the person to speak to in the first instance. If the prisoners prefer to talk to another inmate, many prisons have Listeners who are trained and supported by the Samaritans who will listen to them in confidence and who are available 24 hours a day. 

Who else can they talk to?

Members of the Board of Visitors will visit the prison frequently and the prisoner can request to see one. Most prisons have a direct telephone link to the Samaritans and this can be accessed any time. They can also speak with one of the prison Chaplains.