Please note, this page gives information for people experiencing suicidal feelings. If you don’t feel able to keep yourself safe now call 999 or go to A&E.
If you’re thinking about ending your life tell someone, it may help you feel less alone and more in control.
If you are able to keep yourself safe for a while, it’s worth looking at the ‘Need help now?’ section of this website, or calling one of the following support lines (available 24/7, unless stated otherwise):
- Samaritans – for everyone. Call 116 123. Email [email protected] (should respond to emails within 24 hours)
- Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men. Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day. Visit the webchat page
- Papyrus – for people under 35. Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm. Text 07786 209697. Email [email protected]
- Childline – for children and young people under 19. Call 0800 1111 – the number won’t show up on your phone bill
- The Silver Line – for older people. Call 0800 4 70 80 90
- Or talk to your GP
There isn’t a right or wrong way to talk about how you’re feeling, but people who have experienced suicidal thoughts often find it helpful to open up. If you are experiencing suicidal feelings it’s likely that you are in a lot of pain, but remember that you’re not alone.
If you speak to your friends, family, colleagues or other people in your life they may be able to support you and help keep you safe. It might also be worth letting them know about Mind’s information on supporting someone else with suicidal feelings.
There are lots of reasons why people experience suicidal thoughts, and they’re often caused by a combination of things. Even if you’re unsure about why you’re feeling this way, remember that you aren’t alone. There is support available to help you cope and overcome these feelings.
Advice for coping right now
If you’re having suicidal thoughts, it’s important you try to focus on feeling better:
- Make sure you aren’t on your own – go to a safe place like a friend’s house
- Take everything one step at a time. You don’t need to think about the future, just focus on the next 5 minutes.
- Speak to one of the support lines above. Sometimes when you share how you feel it can be like a weight has lifted.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs, and remove anything from the room which you could use to hurt yourself.
- You may be finding it hard to cope with your thoughts just now, but remember that this feeling will not last forever
- Try and find something to do which makes you feel calm, like being around a pet or distracting yourself with TV or a book.
- If you have a safety or crisis plan make sure you’re following the steps.
- You may want to contact your GP or another health/care professional who supports you
- It may also be worth writing a suicide safety plan for yourself, so you know what to do when these thoughts get on top of you
- Have a look at the Mind website and Rethink website for more ideas.