Getting support quickly

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​Getting support quickly
If you are feeling suicidal, 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
  • contact NHS 111
  • if you are a young person and are feeling suicidal you can call Childline 24-hour support on 0800 1111 
  • make an urgent appointment to see your GP
  • if you don't feel able to keep yourself safe right now, call 999 or go to A&E
Help in a crisis
A mental health crisis often means that you no longer feel able to cope or be in control of your situation. It often involves a sudden worsening of your symptoms. You may feel great emotional distress or anxiety, feel you can't cope with day-to-day life, think about suicide or self-harm, or experience hallucinations and hearing voices.  

If you need help in a mental health crisis visit our crisis pages.

Getting support for ongoing feelings
If you are experiencing ongoing suicidal feelings, there is support to help you cope with the problems that may be causing you to feel suicidal.
Support through your GP
Going to your GP is a good starting point. It is common to feel worried about talking to your doctor about suicidal feelings, but they will be used to listening to people who are experiencing difficult feelings.
Talking therapies
Talking therapies can help you work out how to deal with negative thoughts and feelings and make positive changes.

Talking therapies give people the chance to explore their thoughts and feelings and the effect they have on their behaviour and mood. Describing what's going on in your head and how that makes you feel can help you notice any patterns which it may be helpful to change.

It can help you work out where your negative feelings and ideas come from and why they are there.
Understanding all this can help people make positive changes by thinking or acting differently. Talking therapies can help people to take greater control of their lives and improve their confidence.

We provide talking therapies via our Think Wellbeing Service in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Wigan. Alternatively, you can find your local service on the national NHS website