feeling suicidal

The LSE Student Counselling Service is not an emergency service. If you need help straight away always call 999.


PLEASE NOTE AS OF 17 MARCH 2020 all appointments will take place online. Please contact us asap to make arrangements if these are not yet in place. The process described below and elsewhere on the website will be revised asap to set out new arrangements for student support.

The LSE Student Counselling Service offer a number of 20 minutes Indivdual Counselling drop-in sessions each day. There is no need to make an appointment, as sessions are filled on a first come basis. To be seen in a drop-in session, please come in person to our on the fourth floor of Fawcett House (FAW) shortly beforehand (ie from 2.45pm). The sessions can be used to talk about any difficulties and look at possible ways forward.

For non-emergency medical and mental health assistance please contact your local GP. You can also receive free expert health advice and information from NHS 111 by dialling 111 from your telephone.

If you are concerned about imminent danger from harm by others contact: 

  • Emergency at LSE (from any internal phone): Ext  666 
  • Emergencies in public places (fire/ police/ ambulance):  Dial 999
  • LSE Head of Security: 020 7955 6055; mobile 07721 8334721
  • The nearest Accident and Emergency department is at University College London Hospital - call 0207 387 9300. Otherwise, call 999 if you need help straight away.

Feeling suicidal

1. If you are feeling suicidal, or are worried about someone close to you, it is best to contact your / their doctor. You can always contact a doctor through the NHS GP website or ask to see someone at the Accident and Emergency department of your nearest hospital. University College London Hospital is closest to LSE and can be reached on 0207 387 9300). Always call 999 if you need help straight away.

2. Central London Samaritans offers confidential support to anyone passing through a crisis or thinking of taking their own lives. The Samaritans is also an excellent source of contact numbers for specialist advice for many issues.

You can contact the Samaritans via:

  • Phone: 116 123 (nation-wide freephone).
  • Walk in Support: 9am - 9pm, seven days a week at 46 Marshall Street, W1.
  • Email: jo@samaritans.org. Volunteers try to respond to within 24 hours. 

3. Another useful resource is PAPYRUS, a voluntary organisation committed to the prevention of young suicide and the promotion of mental health and emotional wellbeing. If you have been thinking about taking your own life or are concerned about a friend or another student, their website offers useful advice and support. They also run a helpline staffed by professionally qualified advisers who can give support, practical advice and information to anyone who is concerned that a young person they know may be suicidal. 

You can contact Papyrus via:

  • Phone: 0800 068 4141
  • Text: 07786 209697.

They are open from 10am to 10pm, Monday to Friday and 2pm to 10pm at weekends. 

4. NIGHTLINE is  a confidential listening, support and practical information service for students in London and Open University. You can confidentially talk to the volunteers at Nightline about anything – big or small.They are open from 6pm to 8am every night of the academic term. 
You can contact Nightline via:
Phone: 0207 631 0101 or
Email: listening@nightline.org.uk

5. The Listening Place  in London offers free face to face support for people feeling suicidal.

 6. Maytree provides free residential support in London for people feeling suicidal.

7. CAM Crisis Messenger Text Service offers a free text service, providing 24/7 crisis support across the UK.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text CAM to 85258.


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Student Counselling Service, 4th Floor, Fawcett House (FAW), Clements Inn, London, WC2A 2AZ