Are you or someone close to you feeling suicidal?

A young person dealing with suicidal thoughts

If you’re feeling suicidal, it’s important to try to remember that you’re never beyond help, and you’re not alone. Things can seem so bad that you don’t want to go on, but always keep in mind that you won’t feel this way forever, and that there are plenty of places that you can turn to for help with your suicidal thoughts.

Who to contact?

While it’s hard to know what to do when you feel suicidal, one of the best things you can do is talk to someone about how you’re feeling. It could be anyone you like: a friend, a family member, a teacher, vicar, or your doctor – just be sure it’s someone you feel comfortable with and can trust.

If there’s no one in your close circle that you can feel like you can turn to for help with your suicidal thoughts, there are lots of other people you can get in contact with. It can be difficult to pick up the phone and talk to a stranger, but you will find that they won’t judge you and will understand exactly what you’re going through. You can try calling:

  • Samaritans (116 123). They run a 24-hour service that’s always available every day of the year. If you’d rather write how you're feeling, (or if you're worried about someone listening in while you’re on the phone)you can also email them.
  • Childline (0800 1111). They operate a free to call helpline for children and young people in the UK (and the number won't show up on your phone bill).
  • PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41). They’re a national charity who support young people who are dealing with suicidal thoughts. Their HOPELineUK phone support service accepts calls from anyone up to the age of 35.

The services above also have websites you can visit to get more information, but they’re not the only websites available if you need help dealing with suicidal thoughts. You can also visit sites like:

  • Depression Alliance which has plenty of useful resources to help you, and also has links to other information that might be useful.
  • Students Against Depression which is a website that offers help to students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
  • Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.

Always remember that if you need help when it comes to dealing with suicidal thoughts, you are not alone and there are plenty of people and resources that are there to help you.

Listen to the stories of others

It's important to remember that there are other children and young people out there who have been through similar experiences to you. Listen below to the voice of a young person we have worked with who shared their story.