If you’ve been having suicidal thoughts, it’s really important to reach out to someone for help.
Unfortunately, I am unable to offer to coach anyone who is considering suicide without a referral from a medical professional, but there are a lots of people available to talk to for free.
Important! If you feel your life may be at risk right now due to suicidal thoughts, stay calm.
Get yourself to your nearest Accident and Emergency (A&E) department as soon as you can or call 999 or ask a friend to get you there.
Alternatively, here is a list of organisations that offer free help to anyone having suicidal thoughts;
The Samaritans have a 24 hr helpline offering emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
You can call them on 116 123 (free of charge from a landline or mobile) or visit their website at www.samaritans.org
PAPYRUS is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
They provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with suicidal thoughts and anyone worried about a young person through their helpline, HOPELINEUK.
You can call them free on 0800 068 4141, text them on 0778 620 9697 or visit their website for further details and opening hours at papyrus-uk.org/get-in-touch/.
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) works to prevent male suicide and offers support services for any man who is struggling or in crisis.
CALM’s helpline at 0800 58 58 58 and web chat are for men in the UK who need to talk or find information and support.
The services are open 5 pm-midnight daily and are free, anonymous and confidential. For access or to find more information, visit thecalmzone.net
The National Christian Helpline is a confidential telephone helpline offering a listening ear, emotional and spiritual support from a Christian perspective, prayer and signposting.
Premier Lifeline is open 9 am to midnight every day of the year.
If you’d like someone to talk to and pray for you, then you can call them on 0300 111 0101 (Landline Rate – included in call packages where landline calls are included) or visit www.premierlifeline.org.uk.
NHS Mental Health Services
The NHS are also an excellent resource for help and advice about mental health.
You can, of course, contact your local GP for help and advice, or you can now also use the new self-referral scheme to refer yourself to see a therapist.
You can read more online at www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/