Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone. For many people these are just fleeting thoughts, but for some people these thoughts stay around. Having suicidal thoughts isn’t something we talk about much. And it can be embarrassing to tell someone about it.
World Suicide Prevention Day is all about letting people experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings know that there is hope. Even when you feel overwhelmed and that there is no solution to your problem, hold onto the fact that these feelings do not last forever, that these feelings are often the result of mental health problems that can be treated and that it can get better.
If you experience suicidal thoughts then there is always help for you too. Whether it’s friends and family or health professionals and helpline staff there are people who care about you, who want to listen and understand what’s going on for you and who want to help.
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, U Can Cope have made a film featuring real life stories of how people have overcome suicidal thoughts.
More help and information
Papyrus - If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or you’re worried about someone else you can call HopeLine UK 0800 068 41 41.
The lines are open Monday to Friday 10 to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, Weekends 2pm to 5pm.
ChildLine - If you’re worried about something then ChildLine is there for you. You can read more about suicide on their website or you can call 0800 1111 for free. They also have message boards and online chat through their website.