If you’re having suicidal thoughts, it’s important to tell someone.
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.
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
Worried about someone else?
If you’re worried about someone, try to get them to talk to you. Ask open-ended questions like: “How do you feel about…?”
Don’t worry about having the answers. Just listening to what someone has to say and taking it seriously can be more helpful.