If you’re having suicidal thoughts, it’s very important that you tell someone how you’re feeling.

You may be scared, but you’re not alone. There’s support available in North East Lincolnshire if you need it – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our services are still running safely and in accordance with coronavirus guidelines, so do not think you are imposing on other NHS work. Your care and safety is just as important.

If you need help now, contact the Single Point of Access on (01472) 256256, selecting option 3 for mental health.

You might feel like you're unable to tell someone else about how you're feeling. You might think you'll be judged or are worried you'll upset them. 

But the sooner you speak to someone about it, the faster you'll be able to get support. 

If you’re in immediate physical danger or have a medical emergency, call 999 now.

If you’re in a mental health crisis and need urgent help, call the Single Point of Access on (01472) 256256 and select option 3. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 free from a landline or mobile phone.

We would ask that, wherever possible, you call the Single Point of Access if you’re in a mental health crisis and need urgent help.

However, if this is not possible, you can walk in to Harrison House and go straight to reception where a member of the crisis team will assess you as soon as possible. This is a 24/7 service.

If you'd rather not speak on the phone, you can text Shout to 85258.

If you're worried that a friend a family member may be thinking about harming themselves, you should talk to them about it. Sometimes, simply talking about their feelings with someone who offers a listening ear can help them. It doesn't matter if you don't have solutions right now; even a, 'Hello, how are you today?' could have a huge effect on someone's wellbeing.

Encourage them to look for support and make them aware of the NAViGO services that can help, such as the crisis team and the 24/7 coronavirus support service. There are also national services, like Samaritans, Shout and CALM who can help.

While it's great that you can recognise when your friend or relative is struggling, it can also affect your own mental health. If this starts to get on top of you, consider accessing Open Minds, who offer talking therapies to help deal with anxiety and stress.

Samaritans also have some excellent tips on how to start a difficult conversation with someone who's struggling.

Anyone can suffer from suicidal thoughts but every one of us can make a difference. A life is lost through suicide every two hours in the UK but suicidal thoughts and feelings affect thousands of us every single day.

The #TalkSuicide campaign has been created by the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership to reduce the stigma around talking about suicide by raising awareness of free suicide prevention training available from the Zero Suicide Alliance.

The online suicide prevention training takes just 20 minutes to complete and teaches you potentially life-saving skills.

Shout: Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis and in need of immediate help with suicidal thoughts, abuse, self-harm or bullying. Text Shout to 85258.

Talk Suicide: The Talk Suicide campaign aims to reduce the stigma around talking about suicide by raising awareness of free suicide prevention training.

Rethink Mental Illness: Rethink have put together a useful fact sheet that deals with how to cope with suicidal thoughts. 

Samaritans: If you’re having suicidal thoughts or you’re worried someone else might be, Samaritans has lots of helpful advice. 

Hub of HopeHub of Hope uses your location to point you to the nearest source of support for any mental health issue, including mental health crises.

Kooth: Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community with free, safe and anonymous support for young people through live chat.