Are you thinking of suicide?

In an emergency where you are thinking of suicide please ask someone or call 999

Help with suicidal thoughts

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.

The NHS recommends that you should start to talk to your GP. We therefore strongly recommend that you get in touch with your GP practice immediately.

Action To Prevent Suicide is a short-term service and if you are feeling suicidal or have fears that you might harm others then you almost certainly need more intensive help than we can offer.

Help and support however is available right now if you need it. You do not have to struggle with distressing feelings alone.

Below are free helplines where you can speak to someone when you're feeling alone and desperate.


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 and you will be able to speak to someone immediately​

NHS 111 - for everyone
Call 111 NHS out of hours - they will help you find the support and help you need

Emergency 999 - for everyone
Call 999 now if you have already seriously harmed yourself. For example, by taking a drug overdose: ask for an ambulance or go straight to your nearest A&E. If you are feeling anxious about calling, ask someone else to call 999 or take you to A&E.

Other Services

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
Call on: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm to midnight every day), or
Visit the webchat page
​Papyrus - for people under 35
Call Hopelink on: 0800 068 41 41 (Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, Weekends & Bank Holidays: 2pm to 10pm), or
Text: 07860 039 967, or
Childline - for children and young people under 19
Call on: 0800 11 11, or
Stay Alive App
Download the app

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.

If you find it difficult to talk to someone you know, you could:
Call a GP and ask for an emergency appointment, or
Contact your mental health crisis team if you have one, or
Download the "Hub of Hope" app

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