Suicidal

Remember suicide is preventable. Whether it is you or whether you are concerned about someone else, you are not alone and you can get help now.


Don’t try to cope alone. Call a helpline or speak to someone you trust.

Speak to a Breathing Space advisor on 0800 83 85 87 or Samaritans on 116 123.


How can I help myself?

You are not a bad person, weak, or flawed because you feel suicidal. It doesn't even mean that you really want to die – it only means that you have more pain than you can cope with right now.

Most people at some point in their lives will have a suicidal thought but for the majority this will be a fleeting or at least short-lived experience.

It's okay to feel the way you are feeling now and there are people around who can help you.


If you are feeling suicidal:

  1. Talk to someone - talking to a family member, friend or colleague can bring huge relief.
  2. Talk to a helpful advisor – by phoning in complete confidence and anonymity a helpline such as Breathing Space or Samaritans.
  3. Talk to your doctor – if you are going through a longer period of feeling low or suicidal, you may be suffering from clinical depression.  If your GP surgery is closed and it can't wait, call NHS 24 on 111.
  4. Talk to your mental healthcare team – where a psychiatrist, psychologist or community psychiatric nurse will be available.
  5. Contact emergency services – are you at high risk at this time of killing yourself? Do you have a plan and the means to complete suicide? If so, call 999 right now.

Remember suicide is preventable, you can get help now.