Supporting someone with suicidal thoughts

If you think someone is in immediate danger, the quickest way to get help is to call an ambulance on 999.
What to do if someone is in immediate danger or experiencing a mental health crisis.

6. Getting additional help for someone

Depending on the needs of the person you’re supporting, they might find different services useful. Sometimes, it can be important to recognise the limit of the support you can offer as a friend, and reach out for professional help.

Where to get help

We’re here to listen, no pressure judgement, any time of the day or night. They can call us for free on 116 123, or email us on [email protected]. They might also find it useful to watch and read stories of people who have recovered from suicidal attempts and suicidal feelings.

If someone is feeling suicidal it is a good idea for them to talk to a doctor, who can suggest therapy and/or medication that might be helpful. They can find their local GP practice using the links below, depending on where they are living. Some GP practices offer emergency appointments.

In the UK, you can call NHS 111 by dialling 111 if the person you’re with is unwell or hurt but in a way that is not life-threatening.

We’ve compiled a list of specialist services in the UK and Ireland. Depending on the situation of the person you’re supporting, these might be able to offer them tailored support. For example, they might benefit from support for domestic violence, alcohol abuse or loneliness.