Help for dealing with suicidal thoughts

If your feeling like you want to die, it’s important to tell someone.

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.

Note: This page is focused for UK visiters.

Tips for coping

  • 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
  • Try and do something you usually enjoy, such as spending time with a pet

Talk to someone you trust

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

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

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…?”

Do not worry about have the answers, just listening to what someone has to say and talking it seriously can be more helpful.

You can see the Samaritan’s tops on starting difficult conversations

Phone a helpline

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 9am to 10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm to 10pm

Text 07860 039967


Childline – for children and young people under 19

Call 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill

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