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If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support, there is a range of help available. In an emergency call 999 or go to your nearest accident and emergency hospital.

Nov. 2, 2022

  • Switchboard LGBT+ helpline. Call 0300 330 0630 (open 10am-11pm daily) or for online chat and email visit their website.
  • Samaritans helpline. Call 08456 90 90 90 at any time of the day or night for emotional support and befriending in complete confidence.
  • Papyrus suicide prevention helpline for young people. Call 0800 068 41 41 text 07786 209697 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org (Monday-Friday 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm, bank holidays 2pm-5pm).
  • Childline helpline for children and young people. Call 0800 11 11 at any time of the day or night to speak to a counsellor.
  • Saneline helpline offering information and emotional support to those experiencing mental health difficulties. Call 0845 7678 000 Monday-Friday 12pm-11pm, weekends 12pm-6pm
  • NHS 111 service. Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it is not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (free from landlines and mobile phones).