Supporting those in crisis

If you or someone you know needs help, please contact one of the services below.


The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.


Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, and campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.


PAPYRUS is the UK charity for people under 35 who are feeling suicidal, or anyone concerned that a person under 35 may be having thoughts of suicide.


Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.

SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement through Suicide)

An organisation that works to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide.

State of Mind Sport

A charity that harnesses the power of sport to promote positive mental health among our sportsmen and women, fans and wider communities, and ultimately to prevent suicide.

Support After Suicide Partnership

A network of organisations that support people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide.


Taught courses

Some areas of the UK offer free taught suicide prevention sessions. If you’d be interested in attending a taught session, then contact your local council to ask whether taught sessions are available in your area.

Connecting with people – staying safe

Free downloadable guides for those in distress or struggling to cope.

Department of Health & Social Care: No Health without Mental Health

Sets out 6 objectives to improve mental health, wellbeing and outcomes for people with mental health problems.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention – training courses

Grassroots provides training to help promote mental health awareness, suicide alertness, and positive wellbeing. This page contains links to a range of training courses which provide practical support.

Mind – Supporting someone who feels suicidal

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

Mind – Suicidal Feelings

Explains what suicidal feelings are, including possible causes and how you can learn to cope.

NHS Choices: Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing

Explores the five ways to mental wellbeing that provide a toolkit for building mental resilience.

NHS Health Scotland: The Art of Conversation

A guide to talking, listening and reducing stigma surrounding suicide.

NHS Help for Suicidal Thoughts

Collection of resources for people experiencing suicidal feelings.

Office of National Statistics: Suicides in the UK: 2016 registrations

The ONS produces an annual report of registered deaths in the UK from suicide analysed by sex, age, area of usual residence of the deceased and suicide method.

Office of National Statistics: Who is most at risk of suicide?

Article that explores and analyses some of the contributory risks of suicide.

Public Health England: Suicide Prevention Planning Guidance

Resources and case studies to support the aims of the cross government national suicide prevention strategy and the ambitions set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

Rethink Mental Illness

Guide to supporting someone who has suicidal thoughts.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

‘Feeling overwhelmed – helping you stay safe’ – a leaflet providing help and support to those feeling helpless or overwhelmed.

Samaritans: Suicide Facts and Figures

Samaritans collate suicide statistics for the UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and ROI, which are published in an annual Suicide Statistics Report.

Support after Suicide Partnership – support guides

Library of support guides for each country of the UK for those bereaved by suicide.

Zero Suicide Alliance

20 minute free, online suicide prevention training with downloadable booklets.

Supporting you

Whatever you’re facing, Samaritans are there to listen – day or night. Call them free on 116 123, or visit
(*this number is FREE to call) samaritans