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Suicidal Thoughts

Help for suicidal thoughts

If you're feeling like you want to die, it's important to tell someone. Being a man, doesn't mean Staying silent.

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.


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 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm 
Text 07786 209697 

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

Tips For Supporting Someone Who Is Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts.

  • People might think about suicide for different reasons.

  • If you are worried that someone may be thinking about suicide, talk to them. Ask them about how they are feeling and offer to help.

  • Talking to someone about their suicidal thoughts does not make them more likely to end their life.

  • You can help someone who is feeling suicidal by listening to them without judging them and trying to help them think about other options.

  • You may need to get crisis help from mental health services or the emergency services.

  • Helping someone with suicidal thoughts is likely to have a big impact on you. Find out what support is available to you.

  • If someone does try to end their life, this is not your fault.