If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or feel you are in immediate risk of an attempt to harm yourself please read the following information on how to get appropriate support.

Getting Help:  If you are feeling suicidal, there are people you can talk to who want to help:

  • speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust as they may be able to help you calm down and find some breathing space
  • call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123
  • go to, or call, your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
  • contact NHS 111
  • make an urgent appointment to see your GP

Worried about someone who is feeling suicidal

If you are worried that someone you know may be considering suicide, try to encourage them to talk about how they are feeling. Listening is the best way to help. Try to avoid offering solutions and try not to judge. If they have previously been diagnosed with a mental health condition, such as depression, you may be able to speak to a member of their care team for help and advice.

Community Mental Health Teams in Berkshire

Bracknell:  01344 82 33 33

Newbury:  01635 29 20 20

Reading:   0118 960 5616

Slough:     01753 69 09 50

Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead:  01628 62 69 48

Wokingham:  0118 989 0707

The CMHT can offer help in an immediate crisis (during office hours).

Out of hours and overnight - Crisis Response Teams

Berkshire - 0300 365 9999
Social Services - Emergency Duty Team - 01344 786543

Helplines and Support Groups

  • Samaritans operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you are feeling, or if you are worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org.
  • Childline runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number will not show up on your phone bill.
  • PAPYRUS is a voluntary organisation that supports teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
  • Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
  • Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.
  • MInd available M-F 9am-6pm
  • Rethink produce a Crisis Resolution Team (CRT) fact sheet which you may find helpful to read

Help for young men

Men may be more likely to avoid or ignore problems and many are reluctant to talk about their feelings or seek help when they need it. A support group called the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an excellent resource for young men who are feeling unhappy. As well as the website, CALM also has a helpline. Open 5pm-midnight, every day of the year. Calls to the London number are free. Calls to the National number are free from payphones and from mobiles on 3, Virgin, Orange networks. Some supermarket sims may charge though on calls to both numbers.

For texts, we don’t charge, but your service provider might. Calls won’t show up on your phone bill.
London Text Service: Text CALM1 to 07537 404717

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