What to do if you think someone is at risk of suicide

Published on: Friday 22 December 2017

[The Samaritans are always available to call confidentially and free on 116 123].

Lots of people find that they need extra emotional support at Christmas. Dr John Green, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL)’s Chief Psychologist and Clinical Director for Grenfell NHS, said, “It's entirely understandable that people are concerned and need to know that help is available if they, or someone else, needs it over the Christmas period.

"We will be here this Christmas and New Year, as always. But we would like to ask people in the community to help us to help anyone in need of our services this Christmas. Please look out for each other, for family, friends and neighbours; and if you’re worried about someone talk to them; as the Samaritans say, small talk saves lives and a kind word can often make all the difference."

You should seek help if you notice the following in yourself or someone you know:

  • Changes in behaviour
  • Withdrawal
  • Appearing preoccupied or worried
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Saying worrying things.

The Samaritans produced a useful video as part of their suicide prevention campaign, Small Talk Saves Lives.

For emotional support, health and wellbeing support, and urgent mental health support, you can call 0800 0234 650. This telephone line is open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.