Signposts to support

When we are facing a crisis of any sort, fear and anxiety are inevitable. These are normal, natural responses to challenging situations infused with danger and uncertainty.

We're not able to provide individual or emergency support for people in crisis, but there are lots of people who can. They are listed here:


Telephone: 0808 808 8000

Textphone number for those who are deaf and hard of hearing: 18001 0808 808 8000


Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. Calls to Lifeline are free to people living in Northern Ireland.


Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)

Samaritans provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or, in most cases, talk with someone face to face.

Addiction NI

Telephone: 028 9066 4434



Addiction NI provides treatment and support for people who are dependent on alcohol or other drugs. They provide tailor-made treatment programmes for people with drug or alcohol problems, delivered in community settings.

Change Your Mind is Northern Ireland’s regional campaign to tackle stigma and discrimination around mental health. Funded by Comic Relief, it is a joint programme run by Inspire and the Public Health Agency, working in partnership with a range of organisations and community networks across Northern Ireland. It is a grassroots campaign by those championing the message against mental health stigma across society  Change Your Mind is by people, for people.