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Health and Wellbeing

4 phone lines you can call for urgent help

By Adrian 15 Sep 2019

If you need urgent help - or perhaps just need to speak with somone right away - here are some numbers you can call.

NHS 111 (or 999 in an emergency)

Call 111 free from any phone to speak with a trained health advisor. They can give you advice over the phone, help direct you to the most appropriate service for your needs, or in some cases arrange a visit by a doctor or mental health team.

If you need immediate help in a serious emergency, call 999 for ambulance, police, or fire service.

Samaritans 116 123

Call 116 123 from any phone (free to call) for a safe space to talk, in your own way, about whatever – phone line open 24 hours a day. More info:

HOPEline 0800 068 41 41

Confidential support and advice for young people under the age of 35 who may be having thoughts of suicide, and for family and friends who may be supporting a young person with thoughts of suicide.

Call 0800 068 41 41 (free from land lines) or text 07 786 209 697

Open 9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends, 2pm – 10pm bank holidays. More info:

Nightline 020 7631 0101

Call 020 7631 0101 or text 07 717 989 900 for a confidential listening, support and advice service for London students, run by students in London. Open 6pm-8am every night in term time. More info:


Adrian is Student Health & Wellbeing Manager at the University of London and the Warden of Connaught Hall. Trained as an accident & emergency doctor.
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