Desperate or need to talk?

If you are in urgent need of help.


If you feel you are at risk of harming yourself or taking your own life, there are people you can talk to who want to help:

  • speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust as they may be able to help you calm down and find some breathing space;
  • call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123;
  • go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling;
  • contact NHS 111;
  • or make an urgent appointment to see your GP.

Read more about getting help if you're feeling suicidal.

If you don’t feel in immediate danger and would like to talk about your circumstances with someone who is trained to listen, these organisations are here for you.

The Samaritans – 116 123

The free Samaritans phone line is available 24 hours a day throughout the year. They’re there to give you the time and space to talk things through, to try and find a way through your problems, and to explore the options so you can make decisions that are right for you.

Did you know that if you text 07725 90 90 90 (UK Samaritans) when you are feeling depressed or suicidal, a crisis worker will text with you?

Many people do not like talking on the phone and would be more comfortable texting. It's a free service run by UK Samaritans. Mental illness touches all of our lives. You don't know whose life it may help.


Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, this is a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Whether you're feeling good right now, or really low, it's a safe place to share experiences and listen to others. Elefriends is managed by MIND, the mental health charity.

HOPELineUK (prevention of young suicide) – 0800 068 41 41

Specialist telephone service run by suicide prevention charity Papyrus, staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling, and to anyone who is concerned about a young person.

Mind Infoline – 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

Mind Infoline can talk to you about where you can find help, and about medication and treatments, and more. They can also provide legal information and general advice on mental health related law. The line is open 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Refuge – 0808 2000 247

The UK's largest single provider of specialist domestic violence services - supporting more than 4,600 women, children and men each day.

Relate – 0300 100 1234

The UK's largest provider of relationship support, supporting more than a million people each year of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships.

Facing homelessness?

StreetLink – if you are sleeping rough in England or Wales

Visit or download the StreetLink app if you or someone you know is sleeping rough in England or Wales. Provide as much information as you can and StreetLink’s national team will put you in touch with local support services.

Shelterline – 0808 800 4444

Call 0808 800 4444 if you are homeless or at risk of losing your home. Run by housing charity Shelter, their housing experts can advise you, no matter what your housing situation.

Shelterline is open 365 days of the year from 8am to 8pm throughout the week and 8am to 5pm at weekends.

Film & TV Charity Support – 0800 054 0000

If you work in the film or TV industry, you can call the Film and TV Charity Support Line on 0800 054 0000 or send an email to