Emergencies / feeling suicidal


The LSE Student Counselling Service is not an emergency service.

We offer a number of 20 minutes Drop-in Sessions each day at 3.00. 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 office in KSW.507 shortly beforehand (ie from 2.45).

The sessions can be used to talk about any difficulties and look at possible ways forward. .

For medical and mental health emergencies see NHS GP website.

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). Otherwise, 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. They can be phoned on 020 7734 2800 or the national number 08457 90 90 90. Walk in support is also available 9.00 am - 9.00 pm, seven days a week at 46 Marshall Street, Soho W1. They are also available for email contact via jo@samaritans.org, and will try to respond to within 24 hours. The Samaritans is also an excellent source of contact numbers for specialist advice for many issues.

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. This is open from 7pm to 10pm, Monday to Friday and 2pm to 5pm at weekends.

4. Get connected is a free confidential helpline for young people, open 1 - 11 pm daily on 0808 808 4994 or help@getconnected.org.uk. Emails are answered within 24 hours.