what are thoughts of suicide?
Suicide means to end your life intentionally. Experiencing thoughts of suicide can be frightening. Thoughts of suicide can seemingly come from nowhere or begin as fleeting thoughts of wanting to disappear or escape. They may progress into feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness and planning or taking steps to end your life. You may feel alone, but in fact, it is estimated that 1 in 4 young people experience thoughts of suicide at some point in their lives.
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, it's important to know that there is help available. It can be really hard to know who to turn to and it can take a huge amount of courage to talk about thoughts of suicide. Take some time to think about who you might want to tell; maybe someone you trust or you feel would understand you. You don't have to carry these feelings on your own. For more information on how to do this see our Who can I tell? section.
who can be suicidal?
Anyone can experience thoughts of suicide and everyone is different; what makes suicide feel like an option to one person might be experienced very differently by someone else. And that's okay. For more information, take a look at our next section about why people feel suicidal.
i can't keep safe right now
You need emergency help if you have already taken steps to end your life or if your thoughts of suicide are particularly intense right now and you feel unable to stay safe from suicide. To get emergency help, you can visit your local A&E department or call NHS 111 (England, Scotland, N. Ireland), NHS Direct (Wales)* or 999 and ask for some support.
NHS 111/ Direct can advise you about where to get help such as a walk-in centre or an out of hours doctor. They may also have information about 'safe spaces' you can access in your local area when you are struggling to stay safe from suicide. 999 can support you in an emergency too, the operator can talk to you about different types of immediate support the emergency services can offer.