Suicide prevention services

What is a suicide prevention service?

Suicide prevention services (also known as crisis services) offer support to people who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide or emotional distress, as well as those who are concerned about them. They are an incredibly valuable resource and can make a huge difference in saving lives.

Where can I find a list of services?

You can find a comprehensive list of crisis services available in the UK and globally via Champion Health's Global Signposting Directory. Most helplines are accessible 24-hours a day, every day.

Here are a few examples of the helplines available in the UK:



Opening hours

Samaritans 116 123 Available 24/7
SHOUT Text Service Text 'SHOUT' to 85258 Available 24/7
PAPYRUS 0800 068 4141 Weekdays 10am-10pm Weekends 2pm-10pm

Do you need to feel suicidal to contact them?

No, these helplines are not limited to individuals who are currently experiencing thoughts of suicide. They can provide support for a wide range of situations and emotions, offering assistance and guidance no matter what you're going through.

If you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or simply in need of someone to talk to, these helplines can offer a listening ear and a non-judgmental space for you to express your thoughts and emotions. They are staffed with trained professionals who are experienced in providing support and understanding, so you can feel confident in reaching out to them.

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