Feeling like you want to die?

If you are feeling suicidal right now, please get support. Below you can find links and helplines to get you through to a person who will be able to help you. Many people who have attempted or come close to suicide look back with gratitude that they were not successful in acting on their intentions.
Where to go next: Surviving Suicidal Thoughts


Suicide is not the way out!

If you are about to harm yourself or have already done so, phone 999 or get yourself quickly to your local hospital’s A&E (accident and emergency).

Tell them clearly that you are at risk to yourself.

What to do if you are feeling actively suicidal now:

  • Make a deal with yourself that you will not act just yet.
  • Tell someone else how you are feeling or find someone to be with you.
  • If that is not possible right now, phone an all-hours contact:
Samaritans – 24 hrs trained listening T: 08457 90 90 90   E:jo@samaritans.org
NHS 111 (England & Wales) T: 111
NHS 24 (Scotland) T: 08454 242424
Or phone your local GP’s out of hours service
HOPEline UK T: 0800 068 41 41  SMS: 0776 209 697
E: pat@papyrus-uk.org
Get connected – local counselling for under 25s (free for mobile phones) T: 0808 808 4994
SMS: 80849
Nightline – all night student listening service: find local campus details
International email and phone help details: befrienders.org


  • Ask someone to help you make a plan for keeping yourself safe – put dangerous items out of reach or give them to someone else to look after for you.
  • Do something to distract yourself from your thoughts
    – watch TV or a DVD; read a book; write in a diary; tidy your room or sort out a pile of papers etc.

“Don’t do it! Now that I feel a bit better the suicide pact I made with myself seems like a pretty silly idea – and that’s what I would have said to someone else if they’d told me about it, but I applied it differently to myself at the time.” – Charlie 19, London
Reading through the stories of the students who have contributed to this site will give you many examples of how others have coped with their suicidal thoughts. Like Charlie, they all found their way to a place where they were relieved they had not carried out their suicidal intentions – even though at the time they could not see a way forward.

Other things to consider:

Look through this website to get more ideas about what to do next. The other pages in this section will help you understand your suicidal thoughts better and how to get the right kind of help and support. The attached worksheet explains how to build a personalised safety plan to help you keep yourself safe when you feel you are at risk of acting on your thoughts:

Make a safety plan