Help Is Here

Are you thinking about suicide? Here are 5 suggestions to consider:

1. Wait. Decide not to do anything right now to hurt yourself. You do not have to act on your thoughts of suicide. Suicidal behaviour is an attempt to solve what feels like an overwhelming set of problems. When we are struggling to cope, our mind closes down on creativity and our problem-solving skills become much more limited. Your thoughts and feelings CAN change

2. Talk to someone; it could be a friend or family member, or a support service of some kind. There are people who want to listen and who can help you.

3. If talking is difficult, there is online support here, please see below.  Someone who wants to help you is just a click away.

4. Try to keep yourself safe for now

5. Spend some time thinking about what your reasons for living might be.

Worried about someone else?

  • Be alert – Not everyone who thinks about suicide will tell someone, but there may be warning signs.

  • Be honest – Tell the person why you’re worried about them, and ask about suicide. Tell them you want to know how they really are, and that it’s OK to talk about suicide.

  • Listen – Just listening is one of the most helpful things you can do. Try not to judge or give advice.

  • Get them some help – It’s OK if you don’t know how; the ideas on this page can get you started.

  • Take care of yourself – You may find it helpful to discuss your feelings with another friend, or a confidential service.

Key Resources

Emergency 999

Call an ambulance if you are in danger

Call 999 for an ambulance or the police.


NHS 111 Service

Call if you need non-emergency medical help

Call 111 if you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


CALM Helpline

Confidential, anonymous support

The Campaign Against Living Miserably offers confidential, anonymous and free support information and signposting to anyone anywhere in the UK through their helpline.

 Call 0800 58 58 58 

(nationwide, open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight. Calls are free from landlines, payphones, and all mobiles)


The Silver Line

Friendship and advice to older people

The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

 Call 0800 4 70 80 90

Infoline: 0300 123 3393

Text: 86463
Post: Mind Infoline, PO Box 75225, London, E15 9FS

Our Infoline provides an information and signposting service. We're open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).

Ask us about:

  • mental health problems

  • where to get help near you

  • treatment options

  • advocacy services.

Legal line: 0300 466 6463


Post: Mind Legal line, PO Box 75225, London, E15 9FS

Our Legal line provides legal information and general advice on mental health related law. We're open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).

Ask us about:

  • being detained under the Mental Health Act (sectioning)

  • mental capacity

  • community care

  • discrimination and equality.


Sudbury and District Citizens Advice

Quality Advice. Social Justice

We are an independent local charity and deliver free advice from our offices, outreach locations, online and by phone. 


It is never too late to seek advice, whatever the problem. We campaign for positive change to people’s lives.

Telephone 01787 321400 or Contact Us


Don't Let Children Face Cancer Alone

If you need some help, advice or information you can: 

Call 0300 330 0803,

Monday – Friday, 8am-6pm or please visit our website for more help and support


Go to your local A&E if you can

You can also go to, or call your nearest accident and emergency department and tell the staff team that you are thinking about suicide, or with a person who is thinking about suicide.



Confidential emotional support

The Samaritans are a 24 hour confidential, listening service providing emotional support for anyone in crisis.

 Call 116 123 (free) 

 Send an email 




Prevention of young suicide,

for the under 35s

Papyrus is a national confidential helpline for any young people (under 35) at risk of suicide, or anyone worried about a young person at risk of suicide.

The helpline is open 10am-10pm Weekdays, 2pm-10pm Weekend, 2pm-5pm Bank Holidays

 Call 0800 068 41 41

 Send an email 


 Text 07786 209697 

Send a message

(You do not have to give your name or location)


Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline

Support to LGBT+ 

communities in the UK

Switchboard provides a one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people on the phone, by email and through instant messaging. The service is open 10am-10pm every day. All volunteers are self-identifying LGBT+.

 Call 0300 330 0630

 Send an email


If you are a parent needing help, please contact our helpline. 


If you are a parent/carer looking for information for your child's mental health, try our Parents Webchat


We're here for you

We can answer your queries if you’re affected by sight loss.

See the support offered by our Sight Loss Advice Service or call our Helpline on

 0303 123 9999.


We are here, whatever the weather, to offer hope, empathy and support for every parent or network affected by perinatal mental illness.

Call us on 0808 1961 776