Where to get help and support about suicide

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. MQ invests in lifesaving research to help reduce the prevalence of suicide worldwide. But in the meantime, if you are worried about yourself or a loved one, please contact one of the organizations below.

For you:

In an emergency, you should always dial 999

The Samaritans

The Samaritans are one of the best known helplines and are available 24/7 by calling 116 123. However, they offer more than just a telephone service. Their website offers tips and resources for people of all ages and you can email them at [email protected] at any time.


Papyrus offers targeted support for the youngest through their “Hopeline”, which can be reached on 0800 068 4141, by e-mail on [email protected] or by text to 07860 039 967. They also have a range of resources and advice on their website relating to caring for young people at risk of suicide, including resources for mental health professionals.


The helpline offers confidential emotional support, particularly for people who are isolated, at risk or vulnerable to abuse. They aim to help people develop health coping strategies through their telephone advice service which can be reached on 01708 765 200

Childline (for under 18s)

Childline is a free and confidential service for anyone under the age of 19. Their website offers tips for coping with experiences, especially tailored to children, such as how to make friends and bullying. They can be contacted at any time free of charge on 0800 1111

Nightline (For university students)

Most universities in the UK have a Nightline service which is run by student volunteers for other students. This peer-to-peer support service gives students the opportunity to talk about anything that is bothering them in confidence. You can find your Universities Nightline details by searching the Nightline website.

If you feel depressed or have suicidal thoughts you can always contact your GP or call NHS Direct on 111.

For someone else

In an emergency, you should always dial 999


The SANE Helpline is open from 4pm to 10pm 365 days a year and can be contacted on 0300 304 7000. It offers emotional support not only to people suffering from depression, suicidal thoughts or other mental illnesses, but also to friends and family who need support or advice. .

Young Minds Parent Helpline

If you’re worried about your child’s mental health (up to age 25) and want to talk to someone about it, Young Minds has a Parent Helpline where you can get support. and advice. Open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the number si 0808 802 5544

Rethinking Mental Illness

If you are looking for face-to-face support for your loved one, Rethink Mental Illness runs a network of over 140 local support groups, providing a welcoming, non-judgmental space where people can talk about their feelings with professionals and others. people. Find a local group on the Rethink website.

If you want to talk to a loved one because you’re worried about them but don’t know how, The Samaritans offers online advice on how to reach out and how best to support someone at risk. of suicide.

“It can be very scary if a loved one is having suicidal feelings. Knowing that there are sources of help, where you can talk to someone without judgement, is very important. If you are worried about a friend, co-worker or family member who may be struggling, please contact them, check in with them, ask if they are ok, letting them know you are there for them can be very helpful. you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact a friend, family member or healthcare professional such as your GP It is also worth remembering that the Samaritans are there 24/7 on 116 123.”

PProfessor Rory O’Connor, Director of the Suicidal Behavior Research Laboratory and MQ Mental Health Research Trustee.

You can find more resources for a range of different mental health issues on our Get Help Now page.

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