Suicidal feelings

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What are suicidal feelings?
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 important you ask someone for help. It's probably difficult for you to see at 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 feelings they felt they had no other option. However, with support and treatment they were able to allow the negative feelings to pass.

Getting help
If you are feeling suicidal, there are people you can talk to who want to help:
  • speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust as they may be able to help you calm down and find some breathing space
  • call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123
  • go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
  • contact NHS 111
  • If you are a young person and are feeling suicidal you can call Childline 24-hour support on 0800 1111 
  • make an urgent appointment to see your GP
Read more about getting help if you're feeling suicidal.

Need help in a crisis?
A mental health crisis often means that you no longer feel able to cope or be in control of your situation. 
It often involves a sudden worsening of your symptoms. You may feel great emotional distress or anxiety, feel you can't cope with day-to-day life, think about suicide or self-harm, or experience hallucinations and hearing voices.  If you need help in a mental health crisis visit our crisis section on our website.

Worried someone else is suicidal
If you're worried someone you know may be considering suicide, try to encourage them to talk about how they are feeling. Listening is the best way to help. Try to avoid offering solutions and try not to judge. 
If they've previously been diagnosed with a mental health condition, such as depression, you can speak to a member of their care team for help and advice.
Read more about suicide warning signs and how you can help someone with suicidal thoughts.

How can we help you?
If you are currently feeling suicidal and feel you are in mental health crisis, visit our help in a crisis page for advice and support.

If you have been having suicidal feelings, you should see your GP for help, they can refer you to healthcare professionals within our services.

Further information
We have produced a number of videos including a short animation which has helpful tips and advice to help if you or a family member or a friend is feeling suicidal.