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Suicide and self-harm

Talking about feelings can be difficult – even to those we know love and care about us. This can prevent other people from recognising your distress and being able to offer support or help in a crisis. 

It can be hard to know where to start and you may be feeling worried or anxious about reaching out for help and talking about self-harm or thoughts of suicide with someone you know. 

There are many organisations who are there to support people and make it easier to open up about these feelings and share them with someone who won't judge you for having them: 

  • Childline - A place for young people to talk to a Childline Counsellor about anything at any time through the phone, email and online chat - 0800 1111 - Open 24/7
  • Breathing Space Scotland - Are an organisation who provide mental health support through a phone helpline - 0800 83 85 87 - Mon-Thu, 6pm-2am & Friday 6pm-Monday 6am
  • Hopeline - Focus on preventing young suicide. They provide a helpline and an email support service - 0800 068 41 41 - Mon-Fri, 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun, 2pm-10pm
  • The Mix - Provide advice to young people via a phone line, email support and a 1-to-1 online chat service - 0808 808 4994 - Daily, 1pm-11pm 
  • Samaritans - Focus on suicide prevention, providing support in person, on a phone helpline and via email - 116 123 - Open 24/7 

Getting emergency help

You need emergency help if you have already taken steps to end your life or if your thoughts of suicide are particularly intense right now and you feel unable to stay safe from suicide.

To get emergency help, you can visit your local A&E department or call NHS 111 (England, Scotland, N. Ireland), or phone 999 and ask for some support.


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