Suicidal feelings

Feeling suicidal?

If you are worried about yourself or someone else look at what emergency help is available.



  • Stayalive is a suicide prevention app available on iPhones and Android.
  • distrACT gives you discreet access to information and advice on how you can manage difficult feelings, cope with a crisis and find help and support when you need it most.

Videos, films and talks

Josh Quigley talks about his experience of surviving a suicide attempt.

U Can Cope is a video about how three people coped with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Podcasts and audio downloads

NHS choices offer a range of audio downloads to help manage your mood.

Blogs and vlogs



  • Quinnett, P.G. (1992) 'Suicide: The Forever Decision'. Continuum.
  • Ellis, T. And Newman C. (1996) 'Choosing to Live: how to defeat suicide through cognitive therapy'. New Harbinger Publications.
  • Blauner, S. R. (2002). 'How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person's Guide to Suicide Prevention'.

Support groups (face-to-face and online)

  • Changes Bristol provide a number of support groups in the Bristol area.
  • Elefriends is an online supportive community run by the national charity Mind.
  • Mindout is an LGBTQ support service. They have an online chat service.


  • The Samaritans operate a helpline 24 hours a day for anyone in emotional distress or feeling suicidal. Tel: 116 123.
  • Papyrus have a helpline called HOPElineUK for anyone concerned about suicide. Tel: 0800 068 41 41.
  • Bristol MindLine is a free confidential helpline for anyone in distress. Tel: 0808 808 0330.
  • Nightline is a listening and information service run by students for students.
    It is available every night of term from 8pm to 8am. Phone: +44 (0)117 926 6266

Professional support

  • If you are having suicidal thoughts, then you can make an appointment to see your Doctor/GP. The Students' Health Service provide same day appointments for students in their mental health clinic.
  • The Bristol Mental Health website outlines the mental health services available to adults and young people in Bristol.
  • Maytree provide a sanctuary in London for anyone in a suicidal crisis.

Shout (crisis messenger)

Free mental health crisis support, available 24 hours a day.
Text Bristol to 85258 to be connected to a trained volunteer.

Self-harm and suicidal thoughts

Download our free distrACT app for help and support to manage self harm and suicidal thoughts.

External support in Bristol

Find out what other external support is available in Bristol.

Big White Wall

Big White Wall helps you to get support, take control and feel better when you are anxious, low or not coping.

The online service is free, available 24/7 and completely anonymous.

  • Chat to other members who may be experiencing the same things as you
  • Access a range of tools to help you self-manage
  • Set goals and track progress
  • Access articles, videos and online courses.

Use Big White Wall

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