See the Signs, Save a Life

Suicidal feelings can affect anyone, of any age, gender or background, at any time. This page explains how to support someone with suicidal thoughts.

Confidential Helplines and Support

Try to encourage the person to contact some of the organisations below. Alternatively Samaritans will contact a person in distress if they are requested to do so.

If you have serious concerns for the person do not leave them on their own and get urgent professional help from their GP, by calling 999 or taking them to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

Remember to make sure that you are safe and do not put yourself at risk.


Papyrus (Prevention of young suicide)



Supporting families, friends and partners affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use; including those bereaved by addiction or related suicide. 


ChildLine gives advice and support for children and young people coping with distress.  

  • Tel: 0800 11 11 (open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week) (freephone)
  • Webchat: through the website
  • Website:

Local Services for residents of Milton Keynes 


  • A local mental health charity, with a positive and holistic approach to promoting mental wellbeing.
  • Website:
  • Tel: 0300 330 0648 

Milton Keynes Child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS)

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service supports families and professionals who are concerned about children and young people who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.

Milton Keynes Adult Mental Health Services

If you, a friend or relative are experiencing mental health problems for the first time and need emergency treatment or advice during office hours, then you should contact your/their general practitioner (GP). They will be able to refer to the most appropriate mental health service in your area.

There is a single point of contact if you, a friend or relative, are experiencing a mental health crisis out of hours – (5pm-9am, Monday to Friday; and Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays).

Tel: CNWL Out-of-Hours Urgent Advice Line 0800 0234 650


NHS Choices offers further support and options for seeking treatment. 

Please click the links below to find out more about local services in the following areas:

Last Updated: 9 July 2020