Thinking about suicide does not mean you are a bad person, weak or flawed. It doesn't
even mean that you really want to die it only means that you have more pain than
you can cope with right now.
Remember, no problem lasts forever. Don't solve a temporary problem with a permanent
solution. You are feeling this way for a reason, and there is help available, now
and in the long term.
1. Reach out
If you feel immediately suicidal and feel you can't hold on:
Tell someone how you feel (for example, partner or other family member, friend, neighbour).
Ask them to stay with you until you get help. Being with someone, even over the phone,
increases your safety.
Contact a medical professional and tell them it is an emergency.
Call your local hospital and ask to speak to the Mental Health Team.
Go to your GP or hospital emergency department. Wait there until you see a doctor
Call 999. The police or ambulance may be able to take you to hospital.
Call your doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, counsellor or case worker.
Call an appropriate crisis Helpline (e.g., Samaritans)
2. Don't believe the tricks of the mind
Before someone arrives there are things you can do to keep yourself safe. Don't believe
your thoughts, they may be saying you are better off dead but thoughts are not facts.
Our thinking can trick us.
Our thoughts are emotionally driven and often very biased and influenced by mood.
Try to distance your thoughts and actions. Say to yourself, I will wait 24 hours
before I do anything, so that you can seek help during that period.
Put any items you could use to hurt yourself out of reach, or ask a trusted friend
to look after them.
Do something that has brought you even a small amount of pleasure before, such as
taking a walk, listening to music, taking a hot bath, watching a funny movie, reading
or some slow deep breathing.
Get together with others, even if you don't feel like it, to prevent isolation.
Reduce drug or alcohol use. These can make it more likely that you may harm yourself,
by making you more impulsive and increasing feelings of depression.
Write about your thoughts and feelings. Remember especially to write about the things
in your life that you value and appreciate, no matter how small they may seem to
3. Help is Available
Most suicidal thoughts are associated with underlying causes such as mental health
problems (for example, depression), a trauma or other issues. These can be helped
by psychological treatments, medication and support, or a combination of these.
Remember people do get through this, even people who feel as badly as you feel now.