Help is available when you're feeling low – you don't have to hurt yourself or suffer in silence. If you're in crisis or struggling to cope, reach out to one of the services below.

Finding the right service

Are you experiencing thoughts like this? 

"I can't cope."

"Am I suicidal?"

"I can't do this anymore."

"I want to die." 

Services are available on the phone and through text or webchat – so you don't have to talk if you don't want to.

Get in touch now.

Services available 24/7

In an emergency, dial 999.

Samaritans

A helpline for anyone feeling low or considering suicide.

Phone: 116 123

NHS 24

The 111 service, providing urgent physical and mental health advice out of hours.

Phone: 111

Childline

A service for young people under 19 struggling with mental health issues, or any other problem.

Phone: 0800 1111

Webchat: https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/1-2-1-counsellor-chat/

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger

A 24/7 text messaging service for young people in crisis.

Text: Text YM to 85258

Services available at other times

Breathing Space

A free, confidential service for anyone in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

Phone: 0800 83 85 87

Phonelines open:

  • Monday to Thursday - 6pm to 2am 
  • Weekends - Friday 6pm to Monday 6am  

Switchboard LGBT+ helpline

An information, support and referral service for anyone who identifies as LGBT+.

Phone: 0300 330 0630

Phonelines open: 10am to 10pm every day

Webchat: https://switchboard.lgbt/

Webchat open: 10am to 10pm every day

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Confidential and free support, information and signposting for men.

Phone: 

  • Nationwide - 0800 58 58 58

Phonelines open: 5pm to midnight every day

Webchat: https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat/

Webchat open: 5pm to midnight every day

Further help

Once you've reached out for help during a crisis, the next step is feeling better day to day. Visit NHS inform's mental health section, or our mental wellbeing materials, for more help and advice.