I'm having suicidal thoughts

If you are thinking of taking your own life it may feel like there is no other way out, but there is always someone who will listen and can support you.  

It may be that you haven’t felt able to reach out for support, or you may have tried and it hasn’t worked, but it is about finding the right support that you need and we can help you find it. 

It might feel like there’s no way out of the situation that you’re in, or that things would be better if you weren’t there. Thoughts of suicide can be really isolating and it’s easy to feel like there’s nobody there to help or care.

1 in 4 young people experience thoughts of suicide, so you’re not alone in the way you’re feeling. Reaching out for help can be difficult, take a look at the Samaritans advice about suicidal thoughts.

How we can help you

If you feel you’re in immediate risk because you have already taken steps to take your life, call 999.

  • If you’d like to talk to someone outside of office hours, Dial house is a place of sanctuary open 6pm–2am Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Visitors can use Dial House when they’re in crisis and relax in a homely environment with an hour of one-to-one support from the team of Crisis Support Workers.  
  • Papryus have a helpline you can call, and also offer lots of help and advice.
  • The Samaritans helpline is open 24 hours a day and provides emotional support in times of crisis - simply call 116 123.

There is also a lot of confidential support on campus:

  • The University of Leeds Counselling Service can be used by any student. Find out more here or give them a call on 0113 343 4107.
  • The University of Leeds Mental Health Service is another service for students - email them on scw@leeds.ac.uk or give them a call on 0113 343 0526.
  • LUU Advice is confidential and independent from the University. Drop us an email on advice@luu.leeds.ac.uk or ring us on 0113 3801 290. Our counselling is non-formal, and we can also help with external factors that could be causing or adding to the problem.
  • Your own GP will also be able to help.
  • The Big White Wall  is an online service which can offer you support for your mental health and wellbeing. 

We’re glad you’ve taken the time to read this. We know you may not feel it right now but you do matter and we're here for you.