Feeling suicidal?

There's someone here for you right now. Don't wait. Talk to someone you trust or call, free, anytime, one of the numbers below

Samaritans 116 123 (email jo@samaritans.org)

Sussex Mental Healthline 0800 0309 500

Childline 0800 1111

If you are in immediate crisis, you can dial 999 or go to the nearest A&E.

If life is hard right now, you don't have to face it alone
  • Maybe something has built up over time.
  • Perhaps you have hit an unexpected crisis.
  • You just can’t pinpoint what’s wrong.
  • Or everything just feels too much.

Talk, or if it is easier, email or text. Take a few deep breaths and…

….let it all out, there’s no judgement.

We’ll just ask what’s going on and help you talk it through.

We won’t tell you what to think or what to do.

We will be patient while you try to find the words.

How to cope right now

You won't always feel this bad and this will pass.

Thoughts are only thoughts – you don't need to follow them. There are many ways to manage suicidal thoughts other than harming yourself.

Tips that have helped others

Wait. Get safe right now.

Don't do anything right now to hurt yourself
  • Get through the next five minutes. Taking things minute by minute can help make things more bearable. Reward yourself for each five minutes that pass.
  • Remove anything you could use to harm yourself or ask someone else to remove these for you. If you're in an unsafe location or space, move away.
  • If you have a safety plan or crisis plan, follow it.
  • Just try to get through today rather than focusing on the future.
Talk to someone you trust
  • This could be a friend or family member, or if you don’t want to speak to someone you know speak to/call specialist support – there will be people who want to help.
  • There’s no right or wrong way to talk about suicidal feelings – starting the conversation is what is important.
  • Telling someone else how you are feeling can help you to feel less alone and more in control.
Be around other people
  • You may find it too difficult to speak to anyone at the moment. That’s ok. But try not to spend too much time alone.
  • If this is difficult at the moment, you could go to a supermarket or park. Being around people can help to keep you safe, even if they don’t know how you’re feeling.
Distract yourself

You might feel it is impossible not to focus on your suicidal thoughts or why you feel that way. If you focus on your thoughts it might make them feel stronger and harder to cope with. Try doing things that distract you. Think about what you enjoy doing.

For instance, you could:

  • read a book or magazine
  • watch a film or TV
  • go for a walk. Do some exercise
  • draw or paint
  • play a video game or other games and puzzles you enjoy.

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