Suicidal Feelings

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belfastIf you are having suicidal thoughts there are organisations who will help you. Lifeline is a telephone help and counselling service for anyone in distress or despair. It is available 24/7 and is free from mobile phones. Trained counsellors, experienced in issues such as depression, self-harm and suicide will listen to you and give you confidential help and support.

They can give you immediate support, offer you a face-to face appointment, or signpost you to other services in your area.

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What if I am feeling suicidal now?

  • Keep yourself safe – talk to someone!
  • Call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000
  • Talk to a friend or family member
  • Go to somewhere you’ll feel safe, be with other people
  • See your doctor
  • Call the out-of-hours GP service
  • Go to the A&E department
  • Call emergency services on 999

There are things you can do to keep yourself safe: 

  • Seek help early/talk to someone.
  • Postpone any decision to end your life – many people find if they postpone big decisions for just 24 hours things improve, they feel better able to cope and they find the support they need.
  • Avoid being alone (especially at night)- stay with a family member or a friend or have someone stay with you until your thoughts of suicide decrease.
  • Develop a safety plan – come up with a plan that you can put into action at any time, for example to have a friend or family member agree that you will call them when you are feeling overwhelmed or distressed.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol when you are feeling down – alcohol and many drugs are depressants and can make you feel worse, they don’t help solve problems and can make you do things you wouldn’t normally do.
  • See your local doctor or a specialist to discuss support or treatment – discuss your suicidal thoughts with your doctor, talk about ways to keep yourself safe. Ask your GP or Lifeline about help for suicidal thoughts.
  • Set yourself small goals to help you to move forward and feel in control.
  • Set goals even on an hour-by-hour or day-by-day basis – write them down and cross them off as you achieve them.

Don’t try to deal with this alone; suicidal thoughts are difficult enough without ‘going it alone’.  There are a lot of people in your family, church and community who will listen to you and will want to help you.  Remember, the vast majority of people with depression recover completely.

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