Choose Safety

Do you have thoughts of suicide or are you worried about someone?


You are not alone and there are many sources of help to provide a safe path to choosing life. Your thoughts and feelings are not permanent and there are lots of coping mechanisms to help you.  If you are having thoughts of suicide, or you are concerned about someone:

  1. If you think somebody has thoughts of suicide, ask them directly: “Are you thinking about suicide?”.  They need someone to start the conversation for them.  This shows that they have permission to talk about it.  A caring conversation is vital.  Listen, and be non-judgmental. / Identify with somebody you can confide in and openly talk about how you are feeling.

  2. Make sure they are not left alone / Do not be by yourself, find someone you trust to be with.  Or phone one of the helplines below

  3. Disable a plan.  Remove anything that could be used to take their own life. / Distract yourself and remove yourself from the situation.  Walking can help clear your mind.  Do something that will comfort you.

  4. Seek medical help immediately.  Phone your GP, if it is out of hours you will be directed to an out of hours service.  in case of an emergency, go to A&E or call 999.

  5. Share your concerns with others.  Do not be afraid to involve their family, friends, colleagues etc.

  6. If you think someone is at risk of suicide and they are missing and uncontactable, immediately call 999 and report it as a welfare check and explain your concerns.

  7. Remember that these feelings will pass, nothing is permanent.  You do not have to feel this way, there are always other options.

The Jacob Abraham Foundation provides suicide prevention and intervention training but is not yet providing a helpline. Please see the helplines and organisations below who will listen to you to provide support and practical advice.


Life Protecting Contacts:




Tel: 116 123


Tel: 0800 068 41 41


Tel: 0845 767 8000

Child Line

Tel: 0800 1111

C.A.L.L. Helpline

Tel: 0800 132737 or Text: help to 81066

Mind Info Line

Tel: 0845 766 0163

C.A.L.M. Zone Helpline

Tel: 0800 585858


Tel: 0800 068 41 41

Support line

Tel: 01708 765 200

It’s Good to Talk

Tel: 0800 132 737

Depression UK

Tel: 020 7403 0888


Tel: 0845 456 0455

NHS Direct

Tel: 0845 4647

Anxiety UK

Tel: 0844 775 774

Calm Zone (Young men 15-35)

Tel: 0800 58 58 58

TESS (Young women who self-injure)

Tel: 0780 047 2980

National Self Harm Network

Tel: 0800 622 6000

No Panic

Tel: 0808 808 0545

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Tel: 0844 561 6855

It’s Good to Talk

Tel: 0800 132 737


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Feeling overwhelmed – helping you stay safe


Worries and anxiety: Information for young people


Surviving adolescence – a toolkit for parents, teachers, young people and anyone who works with young people


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Self-harm in young people: information for parents, carers and anyone who works with young people


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