Suicide is the act of intentionally ending your life.

If you're reading this because you have, or have had, thoughts about taking your own life, it's importantyou ask someone for help. It's probably difficult for you to seeat this time, but you're not alone and not beyond help.

Many people who have had suicidal thoughts say they were so overwhelmed by negative feelingsthey felt they had no other option. However, with support and treatment they were able to allow the negative feelings to pass.


If you are feeling suicidal,there are people you can talk to who want to help:

  • speak toa friend, family member or someone you trust as they may be able to help you calm down and find some breathing space
  • callthe Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123
  • go toyour nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
  • contact NHS 111
  • make an urgent appointment to see your GP

Tryto avoid offering solutions and try not tojudge.

If they've previously been diagnosed with a mental health condition, such as depression, you canspeak toa member of their care team for help and advice.

Misusing alcohol or drugs and having poor job security can also make a person more vulnerable.

It's not always possible to prevent suicidal thoughts, but keeping your mind healthy with regularexercise, healthy eating andmaintaining friendships can help you cope better with stressful or upsetting situations.

Self-harming can be a kind of "survival strategy", providing a person with a way of coping with overwhelming emotions.

However, self-harming is usually a sign that a person needs immediate help and support.

Read about Self-harm for more information and advice.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 28 Nov 2016