Suicide is the act of intentionally taking your own life. Suicidal feelings can range from being preoccupied by abstract thoughts about dying, wishing you were dead, wanting to disappear, or feeling that people would be better off without you, to thinking about methods of suicide, or making clear plans to take your own life.
If you are feeling suicidal, you might be scared or confused by these feelings. But you’re not alone. Many people think about suicide at some point in their life.
Thoughts of dying, wishing you were dead or wanting to disappear are common at times of distress following stressful life events.
If you are having suicidal thoughts or extreme mental health difficulties and need to talk to someone now, you can contact our mental health support team by calling 0300 365 1234.
You might be feeling so upset, angry and in pain that you believe these feelings will never end. But it's important to remember that they can’t and won’t last. Like all feelings, these will pass.
There are steps you can take to stop yourself from acting on your suicidal thoughts. Everyone is different, so it's about finding what works best for you.
Here are some practical tips that other young people have found helpful when they've felt suicidal:
If your thoughts are infrequent, less distressing and don’t interfere with daily life, then you should:
If your thoughts are frequent, more distressing and affecting normal functions such as your sleep, mood or daily activities, you should:
If you think you’re going to act on your suicidal thoughts, go to Accident & Emergency immediately or ask someone to take you there.
You can find additional support online by visiting: