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#TalkSuicide help and support

If you, or someone you know needs help, but you're not sure where to go, use this list:

Is it an emergency? Back to top

If someone's life is at risk because they have seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose, call 999.

If you do not feel you can keep yourself, or someone else safe from immediate risk of harm, call 999. 


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If you need urgent support, feel unable to cope, are worried about your own mental health or someone you care for, help is available.

  • Call the Samaritans - a confidential crisis support helpline, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123. 

Other support

  • NHS 111 - talk to a trained nurse for help and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 111

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - support for young people experiencing emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties:

    • North Staffordshire (covers Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs Moorlands): call 0300 123 0907 and choose option 4, 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

    • South Staffordshire (covers Stafford, Stone, Rugeley, Cannock, South Staffs, Lichfield, Burton, Uttoxeter, Tamworth): call 0808 196 3002.


Local support groups  Back to top


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These services are free and offer confidential advice from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult:


 Help with specific issues Back to top


  • Anxiety UK - providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10.00pm, Saturday to Sunday, 10.00am to 8.00pm)

  • Bipolar UK - a charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder

  • CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

  • Mental Health Foundation - provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities

  • No Panic - voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD. Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10.00am to 10.00pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's access charge

  • OCD Action - support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources. Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.00pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's access charge

  • OCD UK - a charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments. Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

  • Papyrus – for young people under 35 at risk of suicide www.papyrus-uk.org Phone: 0800 068 4141 Text: 07860 039 967 Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org (Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 10.00pm, and 2.00pm to 10.00pm on weekends and bank holidays)

  • Rethink Mental Illness - support and advice for people living with mental illness. Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.00pm)

  • Sane - emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. Sane line: 0300 304 7000 (every day 4.30pm to 10.30pm)

  • YoungMinds - information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals. Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.00pm)

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