Coping with suicidal feelings

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Tell someone how you're feeling
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
  • contact NHS 111
  • if you are a young person and are feeling suicidal you can call Childline 24-hour support on 0800 1111 or the PAPYRUS HOPELine UK on 0800 068 41 41 (10am-10pm weekdays and 2pm-10pm on weekends)
  • make an urgent appointment to see your GP
  • if you don't feel able to keep yourself safe right now, call 999 or go to A&E

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Tips for coping right now
You might be feeling so upset, angry and in pain that you believe that these feelings will never end. But it's important to remember that they cannot and will not last. Like all feelings, these will pass.

There are steps you can take right now to stop yourself from acting on your suicidal thoughts. Everyone is different, so it's about finding what works best for you.

Below we share some practical tips that other people have found helpful when they've felt suicidal:
Get through the next five minutes. Taking things minute by minute can help make things more bearable. Reward yourself for each five minutes that pass.

Remove anything you could use to harm yourself or ask someone else to remove these for you. If you're in an unsafe location, move away.

If you have a safety plan or crisis plan, follow it. If you don't have a safety plan, this is a personalised plan to support you step-by-step at times when you may be thinking about suicide - here is an online
safety plan that you can use to create your own plan .

Tell someone how you're feeling. Whether it's a friend, family member or even a pet, telling someone else how you are feeling can help you to feel less alone and more in control.