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Suicide Prevention Bristol

Who are they?

Who are they?

The Patrol Team was founded by Suicide Prevention Bristol in 2018 and have received advanced training in suicide prevention.

The Patrol Team are volunteers who believe that people deserve care and compassion in their time of need. Those needs could be as a result of homelessness, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, intoxication, drug abuse, assault or any other issue which has caused personal distress or the potential for physical harm.

We strive to help prevent suicide and we are aware that the above mentioned needs  along with others can be a contributing factors to a person finding themselves having suicidal thoughts. This is the reason we feel it is important for us to reach out to those in a range of environments and situations, to ensure they feel supported.

- 72% of people who complete suicide have not been in contact with any mental health services in the year before death. -



What's their role?

They help people whoever they are and whatever their situation, for example by listening, caring, offering practical help or by referring people to other (specialist) agencies who can help them. They will also provide assistance until emergency services arrive and provide them with a handover that can be important within that situation.

We provide not only support to other outreach and emergency services within the area but provide support to those that are not in services.

- Suicide is the most common cause of death for those aged 10-19 -



Our training is both in-house & professionally outsourced. Here is just some of the mandatory training our volunteers receive:

  • Communication and Listening Skills 
  • Mental Health First Aid  
  • First Aid 
  • Call Handler for NSPUK 
  • Safeguarding  
  • Patrol Guidelines  
  • Water Rope Rescue 
  • Race Ahead  
  • Emotional Resilience  
  • Health & Safety 

Due to the varied backgrounds of each of our volunteers, we also find that they bring with them their own amount of incredible knowledge & skills to the team too.

Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 seconds



What area do they cover?

Our teams cover 30 miles from Bristol City Centre. Thease areas include:

Acton Turville, Alderley, Almondsbury, Alveston, Alvington, Atworth, Aust, Avon, Avonmouth, Axbridge, Badgworth, Badminton, Banwell, Bath, Bathampton, Batheaston, Bathford, Beanacre, Beckington, Bedminster, Berkeley, Biddestone, Biddlestone, Binegar, Bishop Sutton, Bishton, Bitton, Blackford, Blagdon, Bleadon, Bourton, Box, Bradford-on-Avon, Brislington, Bristol, Brockley, Broughton Gifford, Buckland Denham, Buckland Dinham, Burnett, Burrington, Butcombe, Bwrdeistref Sirol Casnewydd, Caerleon, Caerwent, Caldicot, Cam, Camerton, Casnewydd, Castle Combe, Chapel Allerton, Charfield, Charlton, Charlton, Cheddar, Chelvey, Chelwood, Chepstow, Chew Magna, Chew Stoke, Chewton Mendip, Chilcompton, Chipping Sodbury, Christchurch, Churchill, City Of Bristol, Clapton, Clapton In Gordano, Clevedon, Clifton, Clutton, Cocklake, Cold Ashton, Colerne, Compton Dando, Compton Martin, Congresbury, Corsham, Corston, County Borough Of Newport, Cranmore, Crich, Crick, Cromhall, Croscombe, Cross Keys, Didmarton, District Of Bath And North East Somerset, District Of North Somerset, District Of South Gloucestershire, Downhead, Doynton, Draycott, Duffryn, Dundry, Dursley, Dyrham, East Brent, East Cranmore, East Harptree, Easter Compton, Easton-in-Gordano, Elberton, Emborough, Emborrow, Engine Common, Falfield, Farmboro, Farmborough, Farrington Gurney, Faulkland, Felton, Filton, Fishponds, Flax Bourton, Frampton Cotterell, Frenchay, Frenchay Park, Freshford, Frome, Gaer-fawr, Gastard, Godney, Goldcliff, Great Badminton, Great Chew, Grittleton, Hallatrow, Hallen, Hambrook, Hardington, Hawkesbury, Hawkesbury Upton, Hawthorn, Henbury, Henton, Hewelsfield, Hill, Hillesley, Hillsley, Hilperton, Hinton, Hinton Charterhouse, Holcombe, Holt, Horton, Hullavington, Hutton, Iron Acton, Kelston, Kemeys, Kemeys Inferior, Kenn, Kewstoke, Keynsham, Kilmersden, Kilmersdon, Kingston Seymour, Kingswood, Kingswood, Kington Saint Michael, Langford, Lasborough, Leigh, Leigh Upon Mendip, Leigh-on-Mendip, Leighterton, Leighton, Limpley Stoke, Little Badminton, Littleton, Littleton-on-Severn, Littleton-upon-Severn, Litton, Llandogo, Llanfihangel Rogiet, Llangibby, Llangwm, Llangwm-isaf, Llangybi, Llanishen, Llanllowel, Llanllowell, Llantrisant, Llantrissent, Llanvaches, Llanvair Discoed, Llanvihangel, Llanvihangel Near Roggiett, Llanwern, Locking, Long Ashton, Lower Clapton, Lower Langford, Loxton, Luckington, Lulsgate Bottom, Lydney, Lympsham, Magor, Mangotsfield, Marksbury, Marshfield, Mathern, Mells, Midford, Midsomer Norton, Morton, Nailsea, Nash, Neston, Nettleton, New Passage, Newport, North Nibley, North Widcombe, North Wootton, North Wraxall, Norton, Norton Saint Philip, Nunney, Oakhill, Oldbury, Oldbury, Oldbury On The Hill, Oldbury Upon Severn, Oldbury-on-Severn, Olveston, Parc Seymour, Patchway, Paulton, Peasedown Saint John, Pensford, Pill, Pilning, Pilton, Polsham, Portbury, Portishead, Portskewet, Portskewett, Priddy, Priston, Publow, Pucklechurch, Puxton, Radstock, Rangeworthy, Redhill, Redwick, Redwick, Road, Rode, Rodney Stoke, Rogiet, Rooks Bridge, Rudloe, Saint Arvans, Saint Briavels, Saint Brides Wentlooge, Saltford, Sandford, Sea Mills, Severn Beach, Sharpness, Sheperdine, Shepperdine, Shepton Mallet, Shepun, Sherston, Shipham, Shirehampton, Shirenewton, Sidcot, Siston, Slaughterford, Sopworth, South Widcombe, South Wraxall, Southwick, Staple Hill, Stapleton, Stoke Gifford, Stone, Stone Allerton, Stowey, Stratton, Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Swainswick, Temple Cloud, Theale, Thornbury, Tidenham, Timsbury, Tormarton, Tortworth, Tredunnock, Trowbridge, Tutshill, Twerton, Tytherington, Ubley, Undy, Uphill, Upper Swainswick, Walton, Walton Down, Walton In Gordano, Wansdyke District, Warmley, Weare, Wedmore, Wellow, Wells, West Cranmore, West Harptree, West Kington, Westbury, Westbury-sub-Mendip, Westerleigh, Weston, Weston Down, Weston In Gordano, Weston-super-Mare, Westwood, Whitchurch, Whitley, Whitson, Wick, Wick Saint Lawrence, Wickwar, Winford, Wingfield, Winkfield, Wolvesnewton, Wookey, Woolaston, Woolverton, Worle, Wotton-under-Edge, Wraxall, Wrington, Yate, Yatton, Yatton Keynell.


- There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts -

Additional resources

Additional resources

Missing Persons

The team are also called upon to locate and support missing persons that have been missing within 30 miles of Bristol.

We have a large team of volunteers that are able to cover a wide area quickly and a welfare vehicle that can be called upon 24/7.

Along with this, we have a thermal imaging drone. This proves invaluable to support our team cover a larger area to try and locate any vulnerable individuals that may be at immediate risk of harm. The drone is also available 24/7 and is brought out by one of our trained pilots. 


(Please note the Outreach Team is not an emergency service and does not replace the emergency services. If you have serious concerns for someone’s immediate safety then they can go to Accident and Emergency or phone emergency services on 999 for assistance)

Our partners

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  • National Suicide Prevention Alliance Logo
  • Zero Suicide Alliance Logo
  • Empower Develop People Logo
  • Association of Mental Health Providers Logo
  • Mental Health First Aid England Logo
  • Burges Salmon Logo
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