A stroke is a sudden and shocking event that can affect every part of your life. It's normal to feel frustrated and overwhelmed after your stroke but it's important to get the support you need to help you deal with these emotions. 

Talk to someone

Talking to someone you trust, such as a family member or a friend, can help. They may be able to help get you the support you need.

If you don't feel comfortable talking to family or friends about your emotions and would rather talk to someone you don't know, you could talk to your GP or call 111 and speak to someone from the NHS.

There are also a number of free helplines available for those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Contact a helpline

If you're having suicidal thoughts of any kind, it's important to talk to someone. Phone one of the helplines below - help is available now.


Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) 

  • Call 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm to midnight every day).
  • Talk to someone on their webchat (open 5pm to midnight every day).
  • For men.


  • Call 0800 068 41 41 – (open Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm).
  • Text 07786 209697.
  • Email pat@papyrus-uk.org.
  • For people under 35.


  • Call 0800 1111 (the number won't show up on your phone bill).
  • For children and young people under 19.

The Silver Line 

  • Call 0800 470 80 90.
  • For older people.

Worried about someone else?

If you're worried about someone, try talking to them. Just listening to them and taking what they say seriously can be helpful.

The Samaritans provide help with having a difficult conversation.

Find out more about how to support someone who is having suicidal thoughts.