Feeling like there is no way out?

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 or go straight to A&E.

If you are feeling suicidal

Self-harm is often an attempt to manage difficult thoughts and feelings and can be a physical response to emotional pain. The action of self-harm can be to intentionally harm or injure yourself. If you’re feeling that there is no way out and that you want to harm yourself or take your own life, there is a lot of help out there for you. It is important to speak to someone – help is available right now.


Samaritans – Open 24 hours a day, every day for everyone
Call 116 123
Email jo@samaritans.org

Childline – Open 24 hours a day, every day for children and young people under 19
Call 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
Visit the webchat page

Papyrus – for people under 35
Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm to 10pm
Text 07860 039967
Email pat@papyrus-uk.org

The Trevor Project
LGBTQ people aged 13 to 24
Support and advice service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

A booklet commissioned by the ICS Wave 2 Suicide Prevention Programme for North East Essex and Suffolk, aims to help those who self-harm, and their family/friends/colleagues find support. Self-Help_Self-Harm_booklet_(DIGITAL_VERSION).pdf (healthysuffolk.org.uk)

Talk to someone you trust:

If you are thinking of ending your life, talk to someone you trust such as a family member, friend or teacher.

If you find it difficult to talk to someone you know, you could:

  • call a GP – ask for an emergency appointment
  • call 111 out of hours – they will help you find the support and help you need
  • contact your mental health crisis teamhttps://www.essex.gov.uk/mental-health

Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT)    Crisis Response Service 

The Crisis Response Service operates 24 hours a day and offers immediate and specialist support to adults experiencing mental health crisis. Anyone in need can dial 111 at any time and select the option for mental health crisis (option 2). This service is for people in Essex aged 18 and over.

Under 18s 

If you are under the age of 18 or are the family member of someone under the age of 18 who is in crisis, please call EWMHS (Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service) on 0300 300 1600 or email.    Out of hours support: 0300 555 1201.

Are you worried about someone else?

Supporting the emotional wellbeing of others is always important but particularly so during this challenging time. There are a variety of FREE resources that can help you to help them.

Basic Psychosocial skills – A practical guide for COVID19 responders on how to look after yourself and how to help others feel supported through your interactions Training Materials

Psychological First Aid – Specific to COVID19, this 2-3 hour online programme enables understanding of behaviours and responses that frontline staff may experience Register Here

Zero Suicide Alliance 20-minute online training course, which can give you some basic skills to save a life  https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/

Small Talk Saves Lives – A one-minute video by the Samaritans to help prevent suicide. Suicide Prevention Video

We need to talk about suicide – This 90-minute module will highlight why talking about suicide matters here

Lets talk about suicide#letstalkaboutsuicideessex is a suicide prevention campaign for Essex Thurrock and Southend

Stay Alive app packed full of useful information and tools to help someone stay safe in crisis: https://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/find-help-now/stay-alive-app/

All of these resources, as well as information on face-to-face courses and specific bereavement support for those affected by suicide, can be found on the Livewell Campaign website: www.livewellcampaign.co.uk/stopsuicide

Bereaved by Suicide
Losing a loved one to suicide is an extremely traumatic experience. The Bereaved by Suicide Service aims to ease the distress and improve the wellbeing of those in Suffolk and Colchester and Tendring who have been bereaved by suicide. They provide emotional support, practical help and signposting to other organisations. This is an all age support service, available to Suffolk and North East Essex residents.

The service is free and confidential. Email: BBS.support@victimsupport.org.uk
Our national Support line service is available 24/7 on: 0808 1689 111