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Help for Suicidal Thoughts

Updated: Dec 20, 2022

Help for suicidal thoughts

If you're feeling like you want to die, it's important to know that "Being strong, doesn't mean Staying silent."

Help and support is available right now if you need it.

You don't have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.

Phone a helpline

These free helplines are there to help when you're feeling down or desperate.

Unless it says otherwise, they're open 24 hours a day, every day.


Samaritans – for everyone Call 116 123

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men Call 0800 58 58 58  5pm to midnight every day 

Visit the webchat page

Papyrus – for people under 35 Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm  Text 07786 209697  Email

Childline – for children and young people under 19  Call 0800 1111 – the number won't show up on your phone bill

The Silver Line – for older people Call 0800 4 70 80 90

Talk to someone you trust

Let family or friends know what's going on for you. They may be able to offer support and help keep you safe.

There's no right or wrong way to talk about suicidal feelings – starting the conversation is what's important.

"Who else you can talk to?"

If you find it difficult to talk to someone you know, you could:

Call your GP – ask for an emergency appointment

Call 111 out of hours – they will help you find the support and help you need

Contact your mental health crisis team – if you have one


Is your life in danger?

If you have seriously harmed yourself – for example, by taking a drug overdose – call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E.

Or ask someone else to call 999 or take you to A&E.

Tips for coping right now

  • Try not to think about the future – just focus on getting through today

  • Stay away from drugs and alcohol

  • Get yourself to a safe place, like a friend's house

  • Be around other people

  • Do something you usually enjoy, such as spending time with a pet

Tips For Supporting Someone Who Is Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts.

People might think about suicide for different reasons.

If you are worried that someone may be thinking about suicide, talk to them.

  • Ask them about how they are feeling and offer to help.

  • Talking to someone about their suicidal thoughts does not make them more likely to end their life.

  • You can help someone who is feeling suicidal by listening to them without judging them and trying to help them think about other options.

  • You may need to get crisis help from mental health services or the emergency services.

Helping someone with suicidal thoughts is likely to have a big impact on you, so it is important that you look after yourself.

If someone does try to or does end their life, it is important to remember that it's not your fault.

  • Learn why someone would want to commit suicide - Here.

  • Learn how you can help someone that's suicidal - Here.

  • Learn what the warning signs are for someone who is feeling suicidal - Here.

  • Learn what services are available for someone who is suicidal - Here.

  • Mental illness and suicide, learn the facts - Here.

  • Self harm and suicide, learn if they are related - Here

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