These are the help hotlines everyone needs to share this Christmas - they could just save a life

Christmas can be a wonderful time of year - but if you're feeling lonely, upset, or things aren't going your way for any reason, it can be one of the toughest

By Alex Evans
Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 5:00 pm
If you're feeling low, please call one of these numbers
If you're feeling low, please call one of these numbers

If you need somewhere to turn, there is help available.

These free helplines are there to help when you're feeling down or desperate.

Unless it says otherwise, they're open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Samaritans – for everyone

Call 116 123


Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men

Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day

Visit the webchat page

Papyrus – for people under 35

Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm

Text 07860 039967

Childline – for children and young people under 19

Call 0800 1111 – the number won't show up on your phone bill

Talk to someone you trust

Let family or friends know what's going on for you. They may be able to offer support and help keep you safe.

There's no right or wrong way to talk about suicidal feelings – starting the conversation is what's important.

Who else you can talk to

If you find it difficult to talk to someone you know, you could:

Call your GP – ask for an emergency appointment

Call 111 out of hours – they will help you find the support and help you need

Contact your mental health crisis team – if you have one