What to do if someone is attempting suicide

Non-urgent advice: Call 112 or 999 if

you're worried that someone:

  • is attempting suicide
  • is about to attempt suicide

Stay with them

Stay with the person while you contact emergency services. It's important to keep you and the person safe. This might also mean organising for someone else to stay with them until they get help.

Go with them to get help

When you have contacted emergency services, wait with the person until help arrives. Or go with them to get help, if necessary.

Would you know what to do if someone told you they were thinking of suicide? (PDF, 7.8MB, 32 pages)

Page last reviewed: 1 September 2022
Next review due: 1 September 2025