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Getting help if you're feeling suicidal

If you're reading this because you're having suicidal thoughts, try to ask someone for help. It may be difficult, but it's important to know you're not beyond help and you're not alone.

Many people have thoughts of suicide. These thoughts can be frightening and confusing. You might not see any other way of managing the feelings and problems that you are facing. It's important to know that you are not alone and there is help available.

By reading this information, you are taking the first steps towards getting the right support.

Asking for help

Talking to someone is the first step towards getting help.

Think about who the best person to talk to might be. This could be a trusted friend or family member. It could be someone in the community who you see regularly such as a friend, a family member, neighbour or even a teacher, pub landlord or sports coach. You might choose to speak to your GP.

There is no shame in asking for help and support. Sometimes asking for support is the best way to take back control.

Take things step by step. Speaking to someone is the first step.

Where to get help


Telephone: 116 123 (free to call)

Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day. All calls are anonymous. You can also email at

Click here to download a booklet with advice for you or somone you may be worried about. 

Mind in Salford

Telephone: 0300 123 3393

Mind in Salford provides information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy. Open 9am–6pm weekdays.


Papyrus HOPELineUK

Telephone: 0800 068 4141

Text: 07786 209 697

This is a confidential suicide prevention helpline service for young people. Open 10am–10pm weekdays, 2pm–10pm weekends, 2pm–5pm bank holidays. For anyone thinking about suicide or for anyone concerned about a young person.



The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. Open 5pm - midnight, 365 days a year.

Telephone: 0800 58 58 58 (free to call)

GM Suicide Bereavement Service


Call: 0161 212 4919 (0161 983 0700 from February 17, 2020)