In an emergency
Go straight to the emergency department at your nearest hospital or call 111.
- If you call 111 wait for help to come.
- Another option is to call a mental health crisis team.
- If you are supporting someone in crisis and you think you can do so safely, take the person to the nearest hospital emergency department, otherwise call 111.
If you want advice in a situation involving a suicide crisis you could also call a helpline.
If you believe someone is in danger of taking their own life or has made a suicide attempt
Stay with them
- Do not leave them alone or let them leave – take away their car keys if necessary.
- Try to find out if they are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other substances.
- Make sure that you keep yourself safe.
Make the environment safe
- Remove access to any likely methods of self-harm or suicide. This means removing guns, alcohol, poisons, pills, sharp knives, ropes, cords and anything else that could be used for self-harm.
- Tell a family member or friend immediately what’s going on.
- Get help from a trained professional or service as quickly as possible.
- The person may need to be hospitalised until the suicidal crisis has passed.
- Involve them as much as possible in the process of seeking help – try to get their consent.
Be calm and breathe.
Allow them to talk.
Validate their feelings.
Ensure their safety.