If you need help now, call 111 and clearly tell the operator that your life's in danger. Don't wait.

Sometimes you just feel like you can’t take any more. There’s no shame in that – but you do need to get help. If you need urgent help now, ring 111 and clearly tell the operator that your life’s in danger. No one’s going to judge you, but they will take you seriously and act fast to help – and right now, that’s exactly what you need.

If you don’t feel like your life’s in danger but things are getting pretty grim, you still need to talk to someone right away – trained counsellors who understand how you’re feeling and who are ready and waiting to help.

Firstly there’s us, The Lowdown Team. We’re not just a bunch of info on a website – we’ve got trained counsellors who will do whatever they can to help.

If you want to chat about how you’re feeling right this second, there are lots of helplines:

  • Need to talk?: Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
  • Youthline: Free, confidential and non-judgmental. Call 0800 37 66 33, free text 234 or email:
  • Depression Helpline: Call 0800 111 757
  • Lifeline: Nationwide 24-hour counselling service – call 0800 543 354
  • What’s Up: Free helpline and online chat service for young people ages 5-18. Call 0800 WHATSUP (0800 942 8787) from 12pm to 11pm weekdays, and 3pm to 11pm on weekends. Online chat is available at from 3pm to 10pm, every day.
  • Anxiety Line: 0800 ANXIETY (0800 2694 389) – provides education and support around anxiety

If you feel like it’s serious but not an emergency, you could talk to your doctor, or a mental health professional (like a psychologist or psychiatrist). There are lots of choices, and lots of people who can help.