Telephone crisis helplines – 24 hour services

Lifeline (0808 808 8000) – 24 hour Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is here to help.

The Samaritans (116123) If there is something troubling you, get in touch... We’ve been talking to people about how they feel since 1953. In that time we’ve learned a lot about what helps them through.  We can help you explore your options, understand problems better, or just show you that someone is always prepared to care.

Crises happen at all the most inconvenient times - late at night, over a weekend etc. etc. At such times it is not easy to respond in the best or most appropriate way.

It is helpful, therefore, to try to think about some of the worst-case scenarios in advance, how you might respond, who you might call on and where to keep this information safe and handy. In this way if things do get difficult you have some sort of plan set up to help you through.  Tips on devising your emergency plan.