If you or someone you care about is feeling suicidal, it can be hard to know where to turn, but there are some great sources of support out there – I’ve brought a few together in this blog post. Please let me know of any I’ve missed and I’ll add them.
Papyrus is aimed specifically at preventing suicide in young people. They have a free UK helpline which provides support and advice for young people at risk or those who care about them.
Helpline: 0800 068 41 41
The Samaritans helpline is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year and their trained advisers are a great source of support if you need to talk to someone.
Helpline: 08457 90 90 90
Face to face: www.samaritans.org/branches
Childline is aimed specifically at young people and is a safe place for them to talk about anything that is concerning them. All calls are free and confidential.
Helpline: 0800 1111
Message boards: http://www.childline.org.uk/Talk/Boards/Pages/Messageboards.aspx
Online counsellor: www.childline.org.uk/Talk/Chat/Pages/OnlineChat.aspx
Info for adults: http://www.childline.org.uk/Pages/InformationForAdults.aspx
Students against depression
A website for students who are depressed, have low mood or suicidal thoughts
Campaign against living miserably (CALM)
Is specifically aimed at young men who are depressed or suicidal (males are less likely to share their feelings than females). They have an excellent website and a helpline too.
Helpline: 0800 58 58 58
Get connected provides free, confidential help to under 25s who are in need of support but don’t know where to turn. They talk things through with you and help to connect you to an appropriate local service.
Helpline: 0808 808 4994 (free. 1pm-11pm)
Text: 80849 (free answer within 24 hours)
Webchat: Online chat daily from 1pm-11pm
Online suicide help wiki
This wiki lists a wide range of online messaging services, chatrooms and email addresses for people around the world who are feeling depressed or suicidal but aren’t ready to pick up the phone.
Your GP will have a good idea of what support is available locally, they may be able to refer you for some form of counselling or therapy or suggest you try medication such as anti-depressants to help you combat some of the underlying feelings.
Please let me know if I’ve missed a service be leaving a comment below and I’ll add it to the list.