Emergency help

If you are feeling suicidal

If you are feeling suicidal, there are people you can talk to who want to help:

  • Call the Samaritans 24 hour support service on 116 123
  • Go to our nearest Accident and Emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
  • Contact NHS 111
  • Make an urgent appointment to see your GP
  • Speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust as they may be able to help calm you down and find some breathing space.

If you are not in the U.K., you can find local help via www.befrienders.org

Helplines and support groups

We know it can be difficult to pick up the phone, but if you are feeling suicidal reach out to somebody and let them know how you are feeling.

  • Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24 hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you're feeling, or if you're worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans.
  • Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the U.K. Calls are free and the number won't show up on your phone bill.
  • PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
  • There is also further information on advice and helplines on the NHS choices website.

Outside the United Kingdom

You can find local services listed in your phonebook or on these sites:

If someone you know is feeling suicidal

If you're worried that someone you know may be considering suicide, try to encourage them to talk about how they are feeling. Listening is the best way to help. Try to avoid offering solutions and try not to judge.

If they've previously been diagnosed with a mental health condition, such as depression, you can speak to a member of their care team for help and advice.

Take the suicide threat seriously. Try to get the person in touch with an emergency service, a GP or another responsible person. Even if the person has asked you to keep information confidential, it may be necessary to speak out.

If you are in the U.K., you can seek help for yourself or for someone else from these free services, all available 24/7:

  • Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24 hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you're feeling, or if you're worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans.
  • Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the U.K. Calls are free and the number won't show up on your phone bill.
  • PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
  • There is also further information on advice and helplines on the NHS choices website.

If you are not in the United Kingdom, you can find local help via www.befrienders.org