If you are feeling suicidal right now and no Teenage Helpline operators are available to talk, here are some useful organisations you could consider contacting (these numbers are only available in the UK):
Childline - 0800 11 11
Samaritans - 08457 90 90 90
Papyrus - 0800 068 41 41
Suicide is the act of intentionally ending your life. It is not pleasant to feel like you want to end your life, however if you are having suicidal feelings then you should aim to get help as soon as possible. If you can't talk to your parents about it, then you should talk to a trusted adult such as a teacher or a doctor about it.
Signs to look for
If someone is feeling suicidal, or is close to intentionally ending their life they may show some of the following warning signs:
- Threaten to hurt or kill themselves. (High Risk signs)
- Talk or write about death, dying or suicide. (High Risk signs)
- Actively finding ways to kill themselves, for example buying lots of tablets. (High Risk signs)
- Feelings of hopelessness. For example saying things such as: "What's the point in even trying? I know things won't get better."
- Sudden episodes of rage and anger.
- Act recklessly and engage in risky activities without any concern for the consequences.
- Feeling like they are trapped.
- Start to become a victim of alcohol and drug abuse.
- Noticeable changes in weight. (Gained or lost)
- Change in appetite.
- Increasingly withdrawn from friends, family and general society.
- Feeling anxious and agitated.
- Change in sleep patterns. Sudden mood swings. (A sudden lift in mood after an episode of depression can indicate they have made the decision to attempt suicide)
- Talk and act in a way making their life seem like it has no purpose.
- Lose interest in most things.
- Start to organise things such as their possessions and writing wills.
What to do if you know someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts
Suicide is a very serious issue, and in many cases can result in the end of someone's life. This can have a devastating effect on both the family and friends of the individual. If you are concerned that someone is feeling suicidal you should: Encourage them to talk about how they feel. Sometimes talking about it is all they need, and having someone to listen to them can solve a lot of their problems. It will also allow you to understand more about the problem. Encourage them to seek professional help, either from your local GP or one of the contacts at the top of the page. Encourage them to save the contacts at the top of the page to their phone, so that they are available to them instantly in the future. Offer support in getting further help, and talk to your teachers or parents if you are worried! Do not judge them, people who are feeling suicidal are rarely just attention seeking, and therefore should not be labelled as one. Each case should be treated equally and suicide is a VERY serious thing.
If you are talking to someone who is expressing suicidal thoughts you should:
- Contact the NSPCC - If you are not concerned for the safety of the child at that particular moment then you should report your concerns to the NSPCC for future support.
- Call the Police - If you are talking to someone who is expressing suicidal thoughts, and you lose contact with them then you should contact the Police.
- Call an Ambulance - As well as contacting the Police, an Ambulance may be required. If you are concerned for the safety of a child at that particular time then you should call 999 and give all the details you can to the emergency services.
What do do if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts
If you are feeling suicidal right now, then you should talk to someone immediately! You can do this by contacting a Teenage Helpline Operator, calling one of the contacts located at the top of the page or visiting our Contact Us page.
If you are feeling suicidal then you should:
- Talk to someone, whether it is a friend, family, trusted adult or healthcare professional. Talking is great and can help to calm you down from these feelings.
- Go for a walk around your garden. Exercise and fresh air is great for the brain and often acts as an anti-depressant.
- Ensure you are eating a healthy balanced diet. Your diet can also be a strong factor in the way that you feel.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol where you may find yourself in a state that you cannot control yourself.
- Avoid isolating yourself, try to move into areas where you can socialise like your living room.
- Try and remain positive!
If you have felt suicidal in the past then it is important that you seek professional help. You have a few options here, you can either talk to your guidance counsellor at school who can advise and help you seek the right support, or speak to your GP at your local doctors practice. Getting support is essential, however it is understandable that it may be daunting telling someone how you are feeling. Just remember that Health Care professionals are there to help you, and really do care about your best interests! It is important that you tell whomever you may speak to about everything, this means that any help and support they offer will benefit you to its full extent. If you are having suicidal feelings, there may be underlying issues such as depression, and therefore it is important that you seek professional support so that you can treat these kinds of conditions.