Helping a friend who has hurt themselves
If you think someone has hurt themselves, call an ambulance straight away. It’s important you keep your friend safe and stay with them.
For an ambulance, dial 999 or 112 if you’re in Ireland (this number can work from mobiles even without a signal and when the phone is locked).
If you’re outside Ireland, look in your local phone book for the emergency services number.
What to do if someone has hurt themselves
Call an ambulance straight away.
Don’t feed them
If they’ve taken something, you don’t know what effect food or drink could have on them. It’s not a good idea to give someone a stimulant, such as coffee, as it will add more stress to their body.
Don’t move them or put them in a shower
Moving them could be dangerous, and a change in body temperature could cause them to go into shock.
Keep them awake
Try not to let them sleep or fall unconscious, as it may be harder for the paramedics to help once they arrive.
Don’t leave them alone
Stay with them unless you have to leave to call emergency services.
If your friend has taken an illegal substance and you call an emergency number, this doesn’t mean Gardai will be involved. Their concern will be to make sure your friend is OK.
Calling an ambulance is the right thing to do. You won’t get into trouble for it.
If you think a friend has overdosed, see our page for more information.
Managing your reaction
Understanding why someone wants to try and hurt themselves can be difficult. Remember, it’s not your fault. The most important thing you can do is to get them help and let them know you’re there if they need you.