Suicide stigma

Find out about the stigma that people face.

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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.

Suicide and stigma
Nearly nine out of ten people who have suffered with mental health problems say that the stigma that they have faced does have a negative effect on them, making their difficulties worse and can lead to suicidal thoughts.

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
  • make an urgent appointment to see your GP
Read more about getting help if you're feeling suicidal.

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.

Take a look at our suicide prevention section of our website which aims to share information, advice and resources to support suicide prevention.

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.