If you're feeling like you want to die, it's important to tell someone.
Help and support is available right now if you need it. You don't have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.
Here are free helplines , to help when you're feeling down or desperate. Some are open 24 hours a day, every day - such as Samaritans - whatever you are going through, there's always someone to listen and offer confidential support.
Samaritans Call 116 123
Talk to someone
Let family or friends know what's going on with you. They may be able to offer support and help keep you safe.
There's no right or wrong way to talk about suicidal feelings – starting the conversation is what's important.
Try and think about it as just another conversation. 👌
Describe what's happened, how you feel and the help you need. It's best to be direct so that they understand how you feel. If you tell someone about your suicidal thoughts, they'll need to be able to help you stay safe and that usually means calling in extra help.
Remember that thoughts of suicide are just thoughts; you don’t have to act on them. These thoughts might only last a few minutes; you might feel differently in a few hours. Here are some steps you can take to keep yourself safe.
- Safety Planning✔️
It can be hard to think clearly when you're feeling suicidal, so having a plan in place means you can focus on following the steps until you feel safe again. It can be helpful to have a plan when you are going through a tough time.
- Safety Tips✔️
Try to focus your thoughts on finding ways to stay safe. Once you’re safe you can work out how you’re going to get the help you need.
- Support following a suicide attempt✔️
Following a suicide attempt, it's important to #bekind to yourself. Recovery from a suicide attempt is possible
Suicide is the leading cause of young death in the UK.
How to get help?
If you are a young person who is having suicidal thoughts, or are worried about a young person, you can contact Papyrus, who are the national charity for the prevention of young suicide. They operate a helpline called HOPELINE UK: 0800 068 41 41 (open every day 9am -12am) and provide confidential suicide prevention advice.
Here is also a useful guide for parents / carers for supporting a child with suicidal thoughts