Support when experiencing suicidal thoughts

Published: 04 August 2023
Last updated: 11 December 2023
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Suicidal thoughts are experienced in a variety of ways by a variety of people. You are not alone and support is available.

All people have different experiences in life, but suicidal thoughts can affect anyone. Often if we were dealing with physical health conditions or some form of physical pain, we would reach out and get support whether this be from a GP or other services. For those experiencing emotional pain or suicidal thoughts, this can often feel more difficult or cause worry, but you need to know it is nothing to be ashamed of and it is okay to ask for help. As a service provider, we are here to listen and find you the support you need.

Get the support you need, when you need it: call us on 0345 3 30 30 30 to speak to a member of our helpline team. We are open 9am-9pm Monday to Friday (with the last call being taken at 8.15pm) and 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday (with the last call being taken at 5.15pm). 


If you are currently experiencing suicidal thoughts or know someone who is, this resource could be helpful. Our Reach Out, Stay S.T.R.O.N.G resource was developed to provide information, guidance, and support to those experiencing suicidal thoughts. 


There are a number of ways to get support when you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or if you feel you are experiencing a crisis. Sometimes reaching out can feel hard to do, but just know that the below services are there to provide a listening ear and non-judgemental support to you should you need it. Some of the services available include:

  • LGBT Foundation’s Helpline: Provides support via phone call or email. Call 0345 3 30 30 30 or email  
  • Samaritans: Provides support via phone call, email, and online chat. or call 116 123 
  • SHOUT: Text-based support. Text SHOUT to 85258, 
  • Saneline: Provides support via phone call, email, and text. Call 0300 304 7000 or visit:  
  • Papyrus: Provides support via phone call, text, and email. Call 0800 068 4141 or visit  
  • GP Support: If you are experiencing low mood and/or suicidal thoughts we would recommend contacting your GP to request an appointment to discuss this and identify further support.  
  • If you feel you are experiencing a crisis or are in need of immediate support you should attend your local A&E or call 999 

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