Desperate or suicidal

If you are desperate, think that you might hurt or even kill yourself, or do anything to damage someone else, then you must seek help. The feelings will pass and your priority is to find safety for yourself and others that are threatened. You should talk to someone - a partner, friend, relative or someone else that you trust. You should tell your G.P. about it and if it all becomes too much, then go to the nearest hospital Accident and Emergency department or dial 999. If you think that you might become suicidal, develop a written plan to deal with it - either yourself or, if possible, together with a professional. This should include the warning signs, the actions you can take and a list of numbers to call, which should include your GP, Samaritans and family, friends or relatives that you feel able to talk with.

Here are some telephone numbers and websites that might help:

Samaritans:  Stockport:   0161 480 2222
                    Manchester: 0161 236 8000
                    National:      08457 909090

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people to talk confidentially about any problem, however big or small.

NHS Direct:    0845 46 47

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss any mental or physical health problem with qualified staff and get help and advice on where to go, if necessary.


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