Suicide / Self-Harm support
Last Updated 22nd April 2020
Are you thinking of suicide?
In an emergency, where you are at a risk of self-harm - call 999
Help with suicidal thoughts
We at Project5 are very concerned to hear that you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or fear harming others. It’s very important that you get the help you need as soon as possible. If you're feeling that you want to die, it's important to tell someone straightaway.
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.
The NHS recommends that you should start to talk to your GP. We therefore strongly recommend that you get in touch with your GP practice immediately.
Project5 is a short-term service and if you are feeling suicidal or have fears that you might harm others then you almost certainly need more intensive help than we can offer.
Help and support however is available right now if you need it. You do not have to struggle with distressing feelings alone.
Below are free helplines where you can speak to someone when you're feeling alone and desperate.
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 – you will be able to speak to someone immediately
Call 111 NHS out of hours – they will help you find the support and help you need
Call 999 now if you have already seriously harmed yourself – for example, by taking a drug overdose – ask for an ambulance or go straight to your nearest A&E.
If you are feeling anxious about calling, ask someone else to call 999 or take you to A&E.
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
Hopelink Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm to 10pm
Text 07860 039967
Childline – for children and young people under 19
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 a 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
Stay Alive App: https://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/find-help-now/stay-alive-app/