Do you or someone you know have suicidal thoughts? If so, here are the range of services which can help you, ordered by their response rates and support capacity:

  • Emergency services: If you or somebody else is at risk due to a mental health crisis, you should ring for the police or an ambulance by calling 999.
  • Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 and provide confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
  • You can contact your GP surgery if you are in distress and there will be an out of hours or emergency number on their answer machine.
  • Accident and Emergency hospital department – If you feel suicidal and would like to see a professional urgently, you can visit your local hospital accident and emergency department. There will be a duty psychiatrist available to assess your needs and assist in finding the necessary support.
  • Muslim Youth Helpline (Between 4pm-10pm every day of the year). Call 0808 808 2008 for non-judgemental, confidential support 7 days a week, 365 days a year including bank holidays and Eid.
  • Mind BLMK run a Crisis Café which is available for everyone in Bedford, Luton, and Milton Keynes, between 5.00pm – 11.00pm each evening, 365 days a year. Call 01525 722 225 to book an appointment or visit
  • The Luton council and South Beds Crisis Team can be reached on 01582 556971. If it is appropriate, a social worker on duty will arrange for a mental health assessment.
  • Non-emergency NHS helpline: You should call the 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.