Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
Where to reach out to?
If you or someone you know is self-harming or has death and/or suicidal thoughts, it is very important to talk to someone you trust and preferably a professional. Thoughts of suicide are a common problem and can be a natural reaction to a lot of stress or distress. It is possible to get good assistance with problems such as self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
For example, you can reach out to:
- 1717 - Red Cross helpline or online chat at raudikrossinn.is
- The health care clinicservice. You can seek medical attention rapidly and talk to a nurse who can call a doctor if needed.
- Pieta organisation (pieta.is)
- Bergið Centre for young people up to the age of 25 (bergid.is)
- Psychologists in their practice (sal.is)
- Mental emergency ward or Fossvogur emergency ward. If the problem is urgent and serious, and services are urgently needed. The psychiatric emergency ward at Hringbraut is open from 12:00 to 19:00 on weekdays and from 13:00 to 17:00 at weekends and all red days. Outside the opening hours of the hospital's emergency psychiatric services, you can go to the hospital's accident and emergency ward in Fossvogur, which is open 24 hours a day and provides emergency care due to mental health problems when the emergency services at Hringbraut are closed.
- National emergency number: 112.
- If the problem is acute and severe for a person under the age of 18, you can go to the paediatric emergency ward at the children's hospital at Hringbraut. You can also contact the BUGL emergency team by telephone on 543 4300 between 8:00 and 16:00 every weekday.
A more detailed list of resources in Iceland can be found here.
Advanced self-harm reading material in Icelandic