If you or someone you know is in danger of suicide, please seek help immediately. You should:

  • Call 999;
  • Call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000;
  • Use your local emergency department.

Don’t try to manage your or someone else’s suicidal thoughts on your own. Remember, thoughts about suicide are just that – thoughts. They won’t last forever and often they pass quickly. Many people who have had serious thoughts about suicide have said that they feel completely different only hours later.
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Suicide has been described as a “permanent solution to a temporary problem”. Sometimes distressing problems can appear permanent and it can seem that things will never get better. This can be a scary and lonely place to be.

Having thoughts of suicide is not uncommon. However, it is very important to know that if you are having thoughts of suicide you need help and support to deal with whatever is causing you to feel this way.

Every problem has a solution, but sometimes because you are feeling so low you can’t see it.

This is why it is important to talk to someone about what is worrying you and often solutions and ways to resolve issues can be found with the help of others. You are not alone and there are people who can help you find a solution and work through your problems, no matter how difficult they appear to you.

Talk to someone you can trust and tell them how you are feeling. If you feel that you can’t talk to anyone you know or would prefer to talk to someone anonymously contact Lifeline on 0808 808 8000.

Calls to Lifeline are answered by counsellors experienced in dealing with suicide, self-harm, abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety and many other issues. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls are free from all landlines and mobiles.

You can also contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or email [email protected]

It can be a huge worry if someone tells you that they are having thoughts of suicide but they don’t want you to tell anyone else. Explain to them that you can’t keep this to yourself and that they need help - if they didn’t want help, they wouldn’t have told you.

If you are concerned about someone, Lifeline can offer support and guidance. Remember it is important to look after your own mental health, not take on more than you feel comfortable with and to talk to someone about your concerns.

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