If you’re reading this because you’re having suicidal thoughts, try to ask someone for help. It may be difficult, but it’s important to know you’re not beyond help and you’re not alone.
Many people have thoughts of suicide. These thoughts can be frightening and confusing. You might not see any other way of managing the feelings and problems that you are facing. It’s important to know that you are not alone and there is help available.
By reading this information, you are taking the first steps towards getting the right support.
Asking for help
Talking to someone is the first step towards getting help.
Think about who the best person to talk to might be. This could be a trusted friend or family member. It could be someone in the community who you see regularly such as a friend, a family member, neighbour or even a teacher, pub landlord or sports coach. You might choose to speak to your GP.
There is no shame in asking for help and support. Sometimes asking for support is the best way to take back control.
Take things step by step. Speaking to someone is the first step.
Where to get help
Telephone: 116 123 (free to call)
Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day. All calls are anonymous. You can also email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mind in Salford
Telephone: 0300 123 3393
Mind in Salford provides information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy. Open 9am–6pm weekdays.
Telephone: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07786 209 697
This is a confidential suicide prevention helpline service for young people. Open 10am–10pm weekdays, 2pm–10pm weekends, 2pm–5pm bank holidays. For anyone thinking about suicide or for anyone concerned about a young person.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. Open 5pm – midnight, 365 days a year.
Telephone: 0800 58 58 58 (free to call)
If your needs are urgent
If you are at risk of harm to yourself or others and need help from a mental health professional, then you should go to the nearest hospital A&E department and ask for a mental health worker to see you. If you are not at immediate risk, make an appointment to see your GP. They will help you to access the best service to meet your needs