If you’re feeling suicidal, you may feel hopeless and think that suicide is your only option…But it’s not – 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.
👌 Take one day at a time, book an appointment with your GP or tell someone how you have been feeling.
👌 Talking to someone is the first step to staying safe, getting help and developing a sense of hope.
👌 Try not to think about the future – just focus on getting through today
👌 Stay away from drugs and alcohol until you can get professional help – they can make you feel worse.
👌 Get yourself to a safe place, like a friend's house (if it is safe to do so).
👌 Do something you usually enjoy, such as spending time with a pet.
👌 Try not to be alone with your thoughts – find things to distract you from negative thinking – go for a walk, visit a friend (if it is safe to do so and they are not self-isolating), listen to uplifting music – remind yourself that it’s OK that you are having these thoughts – but that you are NOT going to act them out.
👌 Sometimes it’s easier to open up to someone you don’t know, you could call Samaritans on 116 123 – they’re available 24 hours to listen to your worries and provide you with advice about your mental health.
👌 If you don’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.
👌 Create a safety plan and follow it in times of distress
If you’re in a place where you feel there is no other option, go straight to Whiston A&E or call 999 – YOU WILL BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
Please note, as the COVID-19 situation develops, this page may be updated with further advice and information.