Experiencing a lot of emotional pain or distress, and losing hope that things can improve, can lead to suicidal thoughts. There are a lot of different types of support available to help people who are experiencing emotional distress and it is important to find something that suits you and meets your particular needs.
It can help to talk to someone you trust and to tell them you are going through a difficult time. You could ask if they can help you to find the support you need.
You can get professional help through
Find a local family doctor (G.P.) or health centre by visiting the HSE.ie online service finder. If it's late in the evening, night time or the weekend, contact a G.P. out of hours service. G.P.s are also listed under ‘General Practitioners’ in the Golden Pages.
Go to or contact the Emergency Department of your nearest general hospital. Hospitals are listed on the HSE.ie online service finder. You can also contact the emergency services by calling 999 or 112 if you or someone else has harmed themselves or taken an overdose.
H.S.E. Mental health services
If you have been (or are currently) supported by a mental health team, go to the Emergency Department or contact the service you are attending and ask for an appointment as soon as possible.
Pieta House provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm. For support and information, please free call the 24-hour helpline on 1800 247 247. You can also contact the helpline by text - text HELP to 51444 or visit www.pieta.ie for details of the nearest branch.
Samaritans is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone struggling to cope. For confidential, non-judgemental support in the Republic of Ireland please free call 116 123, text 087 260 9090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and from Northern Ireland free call 116 123 or email email@example.com, or visit www.samaritans.ie for details of the nearest branch.
You might need to try a few options before you find appropriate support but don’t give up trying – there is help available. If possible, ask someone to come along with you to the support service you contact.
Find support services near you, and information on supporting someone else, at YourMentalHealth.ie.