Whether you’re concerned about your own mental well-being or that of someone else, knowing how to help, what to say and who to contact can be the difference between life and death. This resource section will continually be updated to provide you with the most up to date and relevant information and support, based on your specific needs:
I am having suicidal thoughts or someone I know is
We recommend the following action, in order of priority:
1. Visit your local hospital’s A&E department or ask for an Emergency Doctor’s appointment without delay.
2. Call The Samaritans – call for free to 116 123 (UK and Ireland) – You can Visit website
3. Other international suicide helplines can be found at here.
4. Hub of Hope – if you are struggling with your mental health, Hub of Hope provides help locally to you. Just add your postcode and you’ll have immediate access to a GP, psychotherapist etc – Visit site
4. Doc Ready – if you need to speak to a doctor about your mental health, knowing what to say, when you’re under stress, can be difficult and you may omit important information. Doc Ready provides a template for you to write out what you need to ask the Doctor before you speak with them – Visit site
5. Shout – : is a free text service 85258, where you are immediately put through to trained individual who can help if you are in crisis – Visit site
6. The Listening Place – get in touch for face-to-face support if you feel life is no longer worth living. You can Visit site
I am anxious and often feel depressed
We would always recommend seeing your GP as soon as possible. Your doctor may determine that some form of anti-depressant medication is required to help reduce any extreme thoughts or behaviours you are experiencing. Medication often works best, when supported by talking therapy.
So, Step 1: Book an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
Next contact one of the many support organisations, who are equipped and ready to help you, these include:
1. CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably – (England) run a free, confidential and anonymous helpline offering help, advice and information to anyone who is struggling or in crisis Visit website
2. MIND Visit website provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, including depression and anxiety.
I have lost someone to suicide
The ripple effect of someone completing suicide can be immense. The following organisations are there to support anyone who is bereaved as a result of suicide, whatever your relationship to the person who took their own life.
- Calm- Campaign Against Living Miserably – (England) Visit website
- Mind – Provides information on bereavement, where to go for support, and suggestions for helping yourself and others through grief Visit website
- The Compassionate Friends (not suicide specific) – supporting bereaved parent and their families Visit global website / Visit UK website