Suicidal feelings can be terrifying and you can feel really alone. Don’t forget the way you feel right now can happen to anyone.
Have you already harmed yourself or taken an overdose? Can you no longer keep yourself safe? Do you have imminent plans for killing yourself? Do you know when and how you will do it?
If you are experiencing any of the above you should take action now. Call 999. The call is free. Explain what is happening to you. You can ask to stay on the line while you wait for help to arrive.
There can be many reasons for thoughts of suicide or killing yourself like shame, guilt, blame or worthlessness. You could feel that life is not worth living and unbearable, you may have suffered some loss or life changing circumstances that make you feel like death is the best solution.
You may have reasons for dying but you may also have reasons for living
Lots of people have thoughts of suicide but the good news is that there is help out there and many organisations that really want to help you sort out how you feel and offer you support to discover reasons for staying alive.
How do I get help?
An important starting point is to visit your GP. If you want to book an emergency appointment use the 'Find Your Nearest' resource below to find your GP's number. Out of normal working hours you can contact the CHOC service detailed below.
Experience tells us that talking and sharing is really important but we also know that this can be a very difficult thing to do.
Who else can help?
More good news is there are loads of organisations that can do just that – listen.
Often people who work or volunteer will be trained to help, you never know they might have felt like you do too. These organisations want to help you feel better about yourself and want to help keep you safe.
The most important thing to remember is talking can really help – there are some suggestions below, please use them.
Choosing the right person is very important but if you can share your feelings with someone you trust, please try. This might be a good friend, a relative or a work mate. Try and choose someone that you feel could help you and will offer you time and understanding.