Suicide support

Suicide support.

If you are having thoughts around suicide help and support is available right now if you need it. You do not have to struggle alone with your feelings alone.

Phone helplines.

There are phone lines available 24 hours, everyday unless displayed otherwise. You can also call these helplines if you are worried about someone else.

Samaritans- for everyone.

Call:116 123


Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Call: 0800585858 5pm-midnight everyday.

Papyrus- for people under 35

Call: 08000684141 9am-midnight everyday.



Text helplines.

If you don’t want to talk to someone over the phone, these text lines are open 24-hours a day, every day.

SHOUT crisis text line- for everyone.

Text: SHOUT to 85258

Young minds crisis messenger- for people under 19

Text YM to 85258 

Talk to someone you trust.

Let your family and friends know what's going for you. They may be able to offer support and help keep you safe. There is no right or wrong way your feelings- starting the conversation is what's important.

who else can you talk to?

If you find it difficult to talk to someone you know, you could you’re your GP and ask for an emergency appointment,

Call 111 out of hours and they will help you find the support that’s right for you.

Contact your mental health team if you have one.

Tips for coping right now.

  • Try not to think about the big thoughts of the future – focus on the small steps of the day.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol.
  • Get yourself to a safe place, like a friend’s house, your family home it’s important to be around people.
  • If you feel like you need emergency help, your nearest hospital can get you the help you need.

Worried about someone else.

If you are worried about someone, try to get them to talk to you. Ask them open ended questions like asking them how they feel. Do not worry about having all the answers. Just listening to what people say and taking it seriously can be really helpful and live saving.

Signs to look out for.

  • Lacking energy and feeling tired.
  • Experiencing brain fog, finding it hard to think clearly.
  • Feeling restless and agitated.
  • Feeling tearful, wanting to cry all the time.
  • Not doing things you would usually enjoy.
  • Using drugs or alcohol to cope with your feelings.
  • Experiencing “burn out”.

Things to look out for in yourself.

  • You might be feeling tired more often, be feeling more emotional and you might not want to do the things you would usually enjoy.
  • These feelings can be normal but sometimes we need to make small changes in order to feel better.
  • Struggling to cope with everyday life doesn’t look or feel the same in everyone.

Identifying triggering situations.

There are many reasons why you may be struggling to cope, its often to do with a combination of things, such as,

  • Relationships and family problems.
  • Loss and bereavement.
  • Financial worries.
  • Job or study stress.
  • Depression.
  • Painful and/or disability or illness.

There are lots of things you can do to help yourself.

  • Make time for yourself, relax and exercise.
  • Eat healthy, this can make us feel better and more energised.
  • Spend time with the people you love, friends or family.
  • Be proud of the things you do!
  • Pay attention to how and what you are feeling.

How to help using SHUSH – Active listening.

Show you care. Focus on the person, make eye contact put away and distractions.

Have patience. It may take several attempts before the person is ready to open up.

Use open questions, questions that need more than a yes or a no answer and follow up with questions like tell me more.

Say it back. Check you’ve understood, but don’t interrupt offer a solution.

Have courage. Don’t be put off bya negative response and don’t feel as if you have to fill the silences, take a moment.

These feelings won’t last forever.

Everyone feels low at some point in their life for a number of different reasons. When we are struggling to cope it’s hard to see beyond your current situation. Talking to someone whether it be a friend, family member or medical professional, can help put things into perspective for you. This can help you feel more positive about your future feelings.

You are never alone.

when people are going through a tough time, they often experience negative thoughts about themselves and feel they have no one to turn to. If you don’t have family and friends close by, there are many round the clock organisations to support you and how you are feeling. From websites, phone lines, text support and email, there is something for everyone.