Support for Dealing with Suicidal Thoughts

Feeling suicidal means having thoughts about taking your own life. It can happen to anyone, at any time in life.

If you feel like this, tell someone how you feel straight away.

Why do people think about killing themselves?

Sometimes, it can feel that life is so bad that there's no way out other than by taking your own life.

It can happen for all kinds of reasons:

  • Abuse or neglect
  • Someone has died
  • Illness or injury
  • Feeling trapped
  • Bullying

Sometimes the reasons for feeling so low are hard to pinpoint, but that doesn't make these feelings any less troubling.

What can I do if I'm having thoughts about taking my own life?

The most important thing is to talk to someone about how you feel. Talking makes most people feel better straight away.

Talk to someone you know and trust, like a relative, teacher or a friend.

You could also call Childline for free on 0800 1111. Their trained counsellors are available to talk at any time of the day or night.

You can also chat online with one of their counsellors by visiting the Childline website. Counsellors and advisors are there to listen and to help you work out your feelings and any problems you're having.

Writing about how you feel can help too. In the meantime, try not to be alone.

It can also be useful to speak to your doctor.

Why not download an app like MyHopeBox which has relaxation exercises, distracting activities and you can also fill it with nice pictures and contacts when you are feeling down.

What if I've already taken something or hurt myself badly?

Call 999 and ask for an ambulance. Tell the operator about anything you've taken to try and kill yourself.

What if I'm worried someone else is thinking about suicide?

If someone says they're having suicidal thoughts it's important to take them seriously. It's not the kind of thing that people usually joke about.

Try to be around for them. Gently encourage them to talk about it and let them know they can talk to you if they need to.

Give them the number for Childline (0800 1111) or Samaritans (116 123) if they would feel more comfortable speaking to someone over the phone. 

If you're worried they're actually going to try and take their own life, tell a trusted adult, like a teacher.

If you think they're in immediate danger, call 999.

Find more help and support from AyeMind's helpful resources and contacts and check out other mental health support resources.