If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you’re in crisis or despair - or you’re worried someone you know is - help is available. It's important to get help quickly. You’re not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.
Someone who’s having suicidal thoughts may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want help and support. It can be difficult finding the words to express what they are feeling.
If you're concerned about someone, you could follow these steps:
Suicide prevention begins with recognising warning signs that someone may be considering taking their own life. The signs include:
Avoiding the topic is not the answer. Discussing suicide in an open, non-judgmental, sensitive, discreet and practical way can allow someone in crisis to know that help is available and they are not alone.
If you have a care plan, it has names and numbers to call in an emergency. If you have been or are being treated for a mental illness, you should have a care plan.
If you don't have a care plan, or can't find it, you could:
All local trust areas have a mental health crisis team. These teams are made up of psychiatric nurses, social workers and support workers. They:
These teams can be accessed through your GP or GP out of hours service.
If you're caring for someone, there are a wide range of support services that can help. Find out more at the page below:
If there is an immediate danger, telephone the police on 999.
If you want to call someone about how you feel or how you deal with someone else's behaviour, you can speak to a friend, family member or your GP.
If you or someone you know needs help now, you can call Lifeline free, in confidence, at any time on:
Lifeline is a crisis response helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages across Northern Ireland. It offers immediate help over the phone if you, or someone you know, is in distress or despair.
All calls are answered by qualified counsellors who are available to listen, help and support your needs in confidence. They are experienced in dealing with a range of issues, including
The Samaritans offer a 24-hour telephone helpline:
You can also contact them by email or write to them.
If you're under 18 you can call ChildLine on: