Worried About Someone?

If you are worried about someone, see below for information on what to do and how to get help.

High Risk

Dial 999 and ask for an ambulance or take the person to A&E.

  • Keep the person safe and do not leave them alone unless it is safe to do so.
  • If the person is drinking alcohol or taking drugs, try to get them to stop.
  • Keep yourself safe. Move to a safe distance if necessary.
  • Perform First Aid if needed and it is safe to do so.

Suicidal Thoughts

Take all signs of distress and any talk of suicide seriously, even if the person seems to be leading a normal life.

  • Ask the person what is troubling them.
  • Let them know you care.
  • Ask about thoughts of suicide.
  • Encourage the person to talk; and listen to them without judging.
  • Contact the persons GP or NHS24 (111)
  • Call Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87 or Samaritans 116 123.
  • If a young person, call Childline 0800 1111.
  • If someone is at risk of harm, you may need to break confidentiality.
  • In a work situation you should adhere to relevant reporting procedures.

Breathing space has more info if you're worried about someone.


While this app is for people aged 16+, suicidal thoughts can affect any of us at any time.

If you are looking for support for a young person, Papyrus is a UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

You can view their website or contact them on 0800 068 41 41.


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