If you are in urgent need of help there are a variety of support options available.
If you feel you are at risk of harming yourself or taking your own life, there are people you can talk to who can help immediately:
- 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 or email 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 from the NHS about getting help if you’re feeling suicidal.
If you don’t feel in immediate danger but 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. 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.
Many people do not like talking on the phone and would be more comfortable communicating in writing. This can be a calm and safe way to work through what’s on your mind. Especially if it feels too upsetting to talk about on the phone. Samaritans volunteers answer each email that comes through to email@example.com within 24 hours.
You don’t have to be suicidal to get in touch – nearly half of the emails they receive are from people who are having a tough time, but not suicidal. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Read more at samaritans.org
Shout Crisis Support – 85258
This free 24/7 UK text service is for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. Text SHOUT to 85258 for immediate support. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service.
- Read more at giveusashout.org
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.
- Read more at papyrus-uk.org
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.
- Read more at elefriends.org.uk
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.
- Read more at mind.org.uk
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.
- Read more at refuge.org.uk
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.
- Read more at relate.org.uk
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.
- Read more at shelter.org.uk
If you or someone you know is sleeping rough in England or Wales, visit Streetlink.org.uk or download the StreetLink app. Provide as much information as you can and StreetLink’s national team will put you in touch with local support services.
- Read more at streetlink.org.uk
Film & TV Charity Support – 0800 054 0000
Whatever your situation, whether it’s financial difficulties, health issues or something else, and wherever you are in your career in the Film and TV industry, the Film & TV Charity may be able to help. Call the Film and TV Charity Support Line on 0800 054 0000 or send an email to email@example.com.
Confidential advice for individuals who have witnessed wrongdoing in the workplace but are unsure about how to raise their concerns.
- Read more at protect-advice.org.uk