Suicide is the act of intentionally taking your own life. Suicidal feelings can range from being preoccupied by abstract thoughts about dying, wishing you were dead, wanting to disappear, or feeling that people would be better off without you, to thinking about methods of suicide, or making clear plans to take your own life. If you are feeling suicidal, you might be scared or confused by these feelings. But you’re not alone. Many people think about suicide at some point in their life. Thoughts of dying, wishing you were dead or wanting to disappear are common at times of distress following stressful life events.
You might feel
- Hopeless, like there is no point in living
- Tearful and overwhelmed by negative thoughts
- Unbearable pain
- Useless, unwanted or not needed by others
- Desperate, as if you have no other choice
- Like everyone would be better off without you
- Cut off from your body or physically numb
You might also experience
- Poor sleep with early waking
- Change in appetite, weight gain or loss
- No desire to take care of yourself, for example neglecting your physical appearance
- Wanting to avoid others
- Self-loathing and low�self-esteem
- Urges to self-harm
You might be feeling so upset, angry and in pain that you believe these feelings will never end. But it's important to remember that they can?t and won?t last. Like all feelings, these will pass.
There are steps you can take to stop yourself from acting on your suicidal thoughts. Everyone is different, so it's about finding what works best for you.
Here are some practical tips that other young people have found helpful when they've felt suicidal:
If your thoughts are infrequent, less distressing and don?t interfere with daily life, then you should:
- Notify someone you trust
- Get in touch with support services in your area, which you can find through the�Local Offer.
If your thoughts are frequent, more distressing and affecting normal functions such as your sleep, mood or daily activities, you should:
- Refer yourself to us�for support and advice if you?re over 16
- Ask your parent, carer or healthcare professional to refer you if you are under 16
- Talk regularly to someone you trust.
If you think you?re going to act on your suicidal thoughts, go to Accident & Emergency immediately or ask someone to take you there.
You can find additional support online by visiting:
- Get Self Help: worksheets to help you manage your depression
- ChildLine: coping with suicidal feelings
- Papyrus: preventing youth suicide
- Young Minds: support and advice for young people with mental health concerns
- SOBS: support for those bereaved by suicide
- Samaritans: urgent care for anyone dealing with suicidal thoughts
- Mind: help with low self-esteem
- Young minds: coping with anxiety
- Young minds: coping with depression
- On my mind�-�information that has been coproduced with young people. It contains information, advice and resources to help young people support their own mental health, including signposting to sources of support in times of crisis and tools to help young people manage their own wellbeing.�The free digital resources are designed for use by children and young people between the ages of 10 ? 25.