Suicide and suicidal thoughts

Is Your Life in Danger?

If you feel you are in immediate danger call 999 for emergency services or ask someone to call 999 for you or take you to A&E.

Talk to someone

It could be a friend or family, or a confidential and non-judgemental support service.


Your thoughts and feelings CAN change.

Immediate danger

If you feel you are in immediate danger, contact emergency services on 999

What are the signs and what should you say if you think someone may take their own life

  • Here is advice around preferred language
  • This interactive Zero Suicide Alliance 20-min film will help guide you through the warning signs and what to say.

For mental health crisis and emotional support

If you need urgent mental health support or advice for you (or someone else) contact the 24/7 urgent NHS mental health service helpline on 0808 196 4501.


I need a confidential, listening ear

For immediate emotional support 24/7 and 365 days of the year call Samaritans for free on 116 123

If you prefer to text, you can text Shout to 85258

I need further support

Pick Up The Phone You Are Not Alone has guidance and contacts for confidential support if you are concerned about suicidal thoughts.

Free Stay Alive app (on Apple Store or Google Play)

pocket suicide prevention resource packed full of useful information to help you or someone you love stay safe.

Lost a loved one to suicide?

Specialist support is available to people who have been bereaved. Click to view our dedicated webpage.


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Page last updated 9 October 2023