Samaritans of Plymouth, East Cornwall and South West Devon
We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way - about whatever's getting to you. You don't have to be suicidal.
What to do if you're not feeling okay.
You can get in touch about anything that's troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels.
Call us now for free on 116 123
We're here to listen, no judgement, no pressure, and help you work through what's on your mind. We'll never tell you what to do.
If you need advice or specialist support for a specific issue, such as a bereavement or domestic abuse, we've put together a list of specialist organisations, including their contact details, which you may find helpful.
What to do if you think someone you know isn't okay.
Many people struggle to cope at one point or another of their lives. Experiencing a range of emotions during these times is common.
Signs that someone may not be okay
- Feeling restless and agitated
- Feeling tearful
- Not wanting to talk to or be with people
- Not wanting to do things you usually enjoy
- Using alcohol or drugs to cope with feelings
- Finding it hard to cope with everyday things
- Not replying to messages or being distant
You might not always be able to spot these signs, and these emotions show up differently in everyone.
Situations to look out for
It can also be useful to identify these situations that can trigger suicidal thoughts or make it hard for someone to cope.
- relationship and family problems
- loss, including loss of a friend or a family member through bereavement
- financial worries
- job-related stress
- college or study-related stress
- loneliness and isolation
- painful and/or disabling physical illness
- heavy use of or dependency on alcohol or other drugs
- thoughts of suicide
Again, these may not apply to everyone who is struggling, but they can be useful to look out for.
What you can do
- Talk to them about their feelings. Here's our advice on having a difficult conversation.
- Encourage them to contact us. They can call on 116 123, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit one of our branches in person or send us a letter.
- You can contact us on their behalf. If you call us or email, we can reach out to them. We won't tell them you asked us to do that unless you want us to.
- If you think they are in immediate danger, you can call an ambulance on 999. We can call an ambulance on your behalf.
Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Everyone, regardless of age
- Mental health
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