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Self harm and suicidal thoughts

What is self-harm?

Self-harm is when a person hurts themselves as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories, or overwhelming situations and experiences. 

What are suicidal thoughts?

Suicide is the act of intentionally taking your own life.

Suicidal feelings can mean having abstract thoughts about ending your life or feeling that people would be better off without you. Or it can mean thinking about methods of suicide or making plans to take your own life. 

If you are feeling suicidal, you might be scare or confused by these feelings. You may find these feelings overwhelming. 

For urgent mental health support, 24/7 call:

0121 262 3555

The NHS urgent mental health helpline (above) are for people of all ages. You can call for:

  • 24-hour advice and support - for you, your child, your parent/carer, or for someone you care for. 
  • Help to speak to a mental health professional.
  • An assessment to help you decide on the best course of care.

Are you or someone you know at risk?

Phone helplines

There are many free helplines you can call to help when you're feeling down or desperate. Unless they say otherwise, they're open 24 hours a day, every day. 


Call 116 123
Email jo@samaritans.org

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
Visit the webchat page


For people under 35
Call 0800 068 41 41 – 9am to midnight every day
Text 07860 039967
Email pat@papyrus-uk.org


For children and young people under 19
Call 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill

SOS Suicide of Silence

Call 0300 1020 505 – 9am to midnight every day
Email support@sossilenceofsuicide.org

Text messages

If you do not want to talk to someone over the phone, these text lines are open 24 hours a day, every day.

Shout Crisis Text Line

Text “SHOUT” to 85258

For people under 19

Text “YM” to 85258

Further advice and guidance: