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Suicide – I need help now

If you need help NOW please contact the Samaritans on 116 123 (this number is free to call). If the emergency you are experiencing has an immediate life threatening danger call 999 or go to your nearest accident and emergency department.

Preventing suicides in Lincolnshire

Every suicide is an individual tragedy and a terrible loss to society. Suicides are not inevitable and everybody can play a role in preventing them.

New suicide prevention campaign ‘Lincolnshire Suicide SAFE’ aims to get local communities involved in helping to prevent suicides in the county and raise awareness of what we can all do to support our friends, family, colleagues and neighbours.

Preventing suicide in Lincolnshire poster

We have signed up to the Lincolnshire Suicide SAFE charter to play our part and will be doing what we can to support vulnerable people and help keep people safe from preventable harm.

The reasons for suicide can be very complex, but generally it’s the result of problems or worries building up to a point where someone feels they cannot cope anymore and can’t see another option or way out. A recent loss or break up of a relationship, problems with work or money, or living alone with little social contact can all be reasons people think about suicide, even if they have never had a mental health problem before.

It is often difficult to identify whether you or someone you are worried about is struggling to cope, however being able to recognise some of the signs is a good start. You can read more about this and how to get help on

If you’re feeling suicidal

If you are feeling suicidal, it is important to talk to people about your feelings.
You can talk to:

  • a family member, friend or colleague - sharing how you feel can bring huge relief
  • a helpful advisor - by phoning in complete confidence and anonymity to a helpline such as Samaritans on 116 123. More helpful resources are available here
  • your doctor - may be able to help you or signpost you to the help you need
  • your mental health care team - if you are already seeing a psychiatrist, psychologist or community psychiatric nurse.

For more advice and information on who to contact visit

If the emergency you are experiencing has an immediate life threatening danger call 999 or go to your nearest accident and emergency department.
If you need help fast but don’t think it’s a 999 emergency, you can call Samaritans on 116 123 or NHS 111. Calls from landlines and mobile phones are free.
You should call 111 if:
- it’s not a 999 emergency
- you don’t think you can wait for an appointment with your GP
- you don’t know who to call for medical help.

Worried about someone else?

Don’t be afraid to speak to someone you are worried about.

Suicide prevention poster

Asking ‘are you ok?’ is the right thing to do. Many people are uncomfortable talking directly about suicide, but there is no evidence that talking about suicide can be harmful - quite the opposite in fact. Asking the question directly enables people to take stock and can diffuse a situation.
Download our conversation starter here
For more information on the signs someone might be struggling or advice on how to help visit

Other helplines - Lincolnshire

West Lindsey Domestic Abuse Service —
Help for men, women and children affected by domestic abuse
Phone 01427 616219 (9am — 5pm)

Spring Lodge
Supporting victims of rape and abuse
Phone 01522 524402 (9am-5pm) 01371 812686 (out of hours)

Trust House
Supporting men, women and children affected by rape and sexual abuse
Phone 01476 570284

Support for families affected by drug and alcohol use
Phone 0800 833 8033

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Service
Phone 01522 305518 (9am-7pm)

Cushion Club
Peer-led self-harm support group Phone 07969 875464

Raising awareness of mental health
Phone 07969 872804

Phone 01522 528282, Tuesday - Thursday, 9am - 9pm, Friday, 7pm - 9pm, and Saturday - Sunday, 3pm - 9pm

Supporting people with personality disorders
Phone 07906 513167 / 07948 707154

Online counselling for under 25s

Lincoln Centre for grief and loss

Positive Health
Supporting those affected by HIV and AIDs
Phone 01522 513999

Single Point of Access
Talking therapies
Phone 0303 123 4000

Support group for adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, SpLDs and ADHD
Phone 01522 716899

Just Lincolnshire
Committed to eliminating discrimination in all forms.

Other helplines - national

C.A.L.M Helpline - Campaign Against Living Miserably
Charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, open 7 days a week, 5pm until midnight.
Phone 0800 58 58 58

Anxiety UK

Students Against Depression

National mental health charity offering advice and support

Freephone 116 123

Prevention of young suicide
Phone 0800 0684141
Text 07786 209697


Eating disorders charity
Helpline 0345 634 1414 / Youthline 0345 634 7650

NHS Choices
24 Hour national helpline providing health advice.
Freephone 111

LGBT Charity
Phone 020 7593 1850

Out of hours helpline, 6pm — 11pm.
Phone 0845 767 8000

Help is at Hand
Excellent resource for people bereaved by suicide.
Phone 0300 123 1002

Survivors of Suicide
Raises awareness about suicide and provides information in order to recognise and help people in crisis.

Confidential young suicide prevention advise.
Phone 08000 68 41 41 (national rates apply)
Open Monday — Friday, 10am - 5pm and 7pm - 10pm, and weekends 2pm - 5pm

The Silver Line
Helpline for older people
Phone 0800 4 70 80 90

Self-Help Downloads
Free downloads to help with Mental Health.

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Visit the One You website

Modern life makes it hard to be healthy. The good news is we can fight back. One You is here to help you get back to a healthier you.


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Last updated: 9 September 2016

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