Coping with suicidal thoughts
6th September 2021
There are many different reasons why someone may think about suicide. Whatever the reason, we want people to know that they are important, their life matters and there is help available.
If you need urgent help
If you, or a young person you know, need urgent help right now, there are people who can support you.
Emergency services – If you are at immediate risk or harm, phone 999 and ask for an ambulance.
Samaritans – Phone 116 123 or email [email protected]
Childline – Phone 0800 11 11
Young Minds – Text YM to 85258
If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts
We’ve come up with 5 top tips to help you and anyone you know who might be struggling with suicidal thoughts:
1.Speak to someone you trust
Speaking to someone about how you are feeling can be such a tough thing to do but it’s an important way of making sure you get the help you need. Remember – asking for help is NOT a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. Think about 5 people you could contact if you’re struggling; that could be a friend, a family member, your teacher, a health professional or even your doctor.
2.Try to relax and be still
In a world that is so busy and distracting, spend time in your day simply to be still. Try to stop, sit, and settle. You may not be able to control everything in your life, but you can help yourself by taking time to pause, breathe, and relax. Maybe try focusing on your senses; concentrate on what you can see, smell, hear, feel and taste. Doing this can help to distract you if your thoughts are difficult to cope with.
3.Spend time looking after yourself
When life can at times feels chaotic and difficult, just taking a moment to slow down and be kind to yourself and others can make all the difference. Why not try some mindfulness by going for a walk, having a bath, watching your favourite film, or listening to your favourite song? You could even make a mindfulness box with all your favourite things in that you can use when you’re struggling. You could have photos of the people you care about, inspirational quotes or song lyrics you like, your favourite snacks or a gift from someone you love.
4.Do something you enjoy
It might be hard to think about the positive things in your life, but it can be helpful to think about what makes you happy, what you’re thankful for and what you enjoy doing. Whether that’s spending time with friends and family, taking your dog for a walk, or even the comfort of your own bed. Try distracting yourself by doing something that makes you happy.
5.Be around other people
You might find it too difficult to open up and talk to someone, but try not to spend too much time alone. Instead, go somewhere that you can be around people, such as a friend’s house, a shopping centre or a park. Being around people can help you to feel safe, even if no one knows how you’re feeling.
Calm (Campaign against living miserably) – a registered charity that exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.
Childline – Free 24/7 helpline. Confidential telephone support for any child or young person with any problem. Phone: 0800 1111
Papyrus – A national charity with resources to help young people experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Rethink – A mental health charity providing advice and support for anyone affected by mental illness.
Samaritans – Confidential emotional support for anyone in crisis. Phone: 116 123
Young Minds – Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger for free, 24/7 support across the UK if you’re experiencing a mental health crisis. Text YM to 85258