Suicidal feelings

When feeling suicidal you might be so overwhelmed with emotions that you feel things will never improve. It's important to remember that these feelings won’t last and they can pass.

If you are feeling suicidal, get help as soon as you can:

  • Speak to someone
  • Contact your GP, dial 111 or call one of the helplines below
  • Call 999 if you are in immediate danger.


  • Samaritans (for everyone) – call on 116 123 or email
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (aimed at men) – call on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm to midnight)
  • Papyrus (help for the under 35s) – call on 0800 068 41 41
  • Shout crisis text line (for everyone) – text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258.

There are steps you can take right now and support you can access to stop yourself from acting on your suicidal thoughts. 

How to offer support to someone who has suicidal thoughts or feelings

Preventing suicide is sometimes possible. Through action, you can make a difference to someone in their darkest moments - as a member of society, as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague or as a neighbour.

The best way to help someone is to reach out if you see they are struggling. You don't have to have all of the answers or be an expert to open up a conversation that could make the world of difference to someone who is in distress.

If you need some support with your mental health, try Togetherall. NCHA has partnered with Togetherall to give customers (aged 16 and over) access to a safe online space where people can ask questions and support each other with mental health concerns.

Samaritans video: small talk saves lives

If you think someone might need help, trust your instincts and start a simple conversation. You could save a life.

Some councils have schemes to provide local support services.