If 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.
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.Continue to next page