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We’re open to suicidal feelings

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We’re open to
suicidal feelings

I arrived with my bags and no expectations. When I left five days later those same bags felt much lighter.

I’m feeling suicidal

Who we support

Maytree’s house is open for people when they’re feeling suicidal.

During our initial conversations, our callers sometimes begin to discover a way forward for themselves, so they no longer feel that a stay at the Maytree house is what they need at this time.

Sometimes a person will go on to arrange a stay.

Other callers after a few extra conversations will go on to have an assessment.

Maytree is committed to supporting people that are feeling suicidal, and we aim to offer as many people who feel they would benefit from a stay the opportunity to do so. However, due to a person's medical needs or specific life circumstances it is not always possible to do so.

Helpful guidance and signposting

Our helpful guidance identifies criteria that can prevent Maytree from offering a stay. We do all we reasonably can to provide individuals to whom we cannot offer a stay information and contact details of services and organisations that may be able to support them.


Children or young people under 18

Maytree is only able to help adults over the age of 18.

Organisations providing practical help and support:

  • Papyrus
    Prevention of young suicide

People who are currently misusing illicit drugs or alcohol

Maytree has a strict no drugs, no alcohol policy to ensure that:

  • Guests can fully engage with the befriending process
  • People using drugs and alcohol do not risk their health through sudden abstinence
  • All guests can feel safe at all times while staying at the house.

Organisations providing practical help and support:


People who are currently street homeless

In Maytree's experience individuals who have to return to living on the streets following a stay can experience increased suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Organisations providing practical help and support:


People experiencing psychotic episodes or severe acute mental health issues

These are individuals who are currently experiencing a psychotic episode or are diagnosed with a severe acute mental health issue that requires specialised medical treatment that Maytree, as a non-medical service, cannot provide.

Organisations providing practical help and support:


Other reasons

Anyone who for any other reason appears to us unable to engage sufficiently in the talking befriending process to benefit from a stay.

If it is not possible to offer someone a stay after a series of email or phone conversations, then the reasons for this will be clearly explained and we will do all we reasonably can to provide information and contact details of organisations and services providing practical help and support.

Organisations providing practical help and support: