Suicide - supporting someone else

Explains how to support someone who is suicidal, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.

Your stories

It's okay to ask for help

Steven blogs about his experience of depression and suicidal feelings and why it's okay to talk.

Steven Edwards
Posted on 13/06/2016

Talking made me feel less alone

Jess blogs about her experience of opening up about her mental health and the support she received as a result

Posted on 06/02/2014

Caring for my husband with bipolar

Kate Devlin
Posted on 11/06/2015

Useful contacts

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

0800 58 58 58 (5pm-midnight)
Listening services, information and support for men at risk of suicide.

Carers UK

0808 808 7777 (Monday-Friday 10am-4pm)
[email protected]
Information and support for people caring for someone else.

Mind’s supportive online community.

Maytree Suicide Respite Centre

020 7263 7070 (24 hours a day)
[email protected]
Offers free respite stays for people in suicidal crisis.

Mind Out

[email protected]
Mental health service run by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people.

Papyrus HOPELineUK

0800 068 41 41 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm, bank holidays 2pm-10pm)
07786 209697 (text message service)
[email protected]
Provides information and support for anyone under 35 who is struggling with suicidal feelings, or anyone concerned about a young person who might be struggling. 


0300 304 7000 (6-11pm)
Support for anyone affected by mental health problems.


116 123 (24 hours a day)
[email protected]
Chris PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
24-hour emotional support for anyone who needs to talk. Calls are free from all providers and do not appear on bills.

Stay Alive
App with help and resources for people who feel suicidal or are supporting someone else.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)

0300 111 5065 (9am-9pm)
Emotional and practical support and local groups for anyone bereaved or affected by suicide.

This information was published in January 2017. We will revise it in 2020.

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