If youโ€™re feeling suicidal, you may feel hopeless and think that suicide is your only optionโ€ฆBut itโ€™s not โ€“ living is an option too! There are so many support agencies that can guide you, help you see other options and get the recovery and support you need.

Here are some useful strategies to help keep yourself safe

๐Ÿ‘Œ Take one day at a time, book an appointment with your GP or tell someone how you have been feeling.

๐Ÿ‘Œ Talking to someone is the first step to staying safe, getting help and developing a sense of hope.

๐Ÿ‘Œ Try not to think about the future โ€“ just focus on getting through today

๐Ÿ‘Œ Stay away from drugs and alcohol until you can get professional help โ€“ they can make you feel worse.

๐Ÿ‘Œ Get yourself to a safe place, like a friend's house (if it is safe to do so).

๐Ÿ‘Œ Do something you usually enjoy, such as spending time with a pet.

๐Ÿ‘Œ Try not to be alone with your thoughts โ€“ find things to distract you from negative thinking โ€“ go for a walk, visit a friend (if it is safe to do so and they are not self-isolating), listen to uplifting music โ€“ remind yourself that itโ€™s OK that you are having these thoughts โ€“ but that you are NOT going to act them out.

๐Ÿ‘Œ Sometimes itโ€™s easier to open up to someone you donโ€™t know, you could call Samaritans on 116 123 โ€“ theyโ€™re available 24 hours to listen to your worries and provide you with advice about your mental health.

๐Ÿ‘Œ If you donโ€™t want to speak to someone on the phone, you can text REACH to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained crisis volunteer.

๐Ÿ‘Œ Create a safety planย and follow it in times of distress

๐Ÿ‘Œ Suicide prevention and looking after mental wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

If youโ€™re in a place where you feel there is no other option, go straight to Whiston A&E or call 999 โ€“ YOU WILL BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

Please note, as the COVID-19 situation develops, this page may be updated with further advice and information.