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Suicidal thoughts

If you are having thoughts of suicide you're not alone. They can be scary and they can give you many other unwanted feelings and thoughts. Remember you don't have to act on these thoughts. You are so loved and worth so much. There is help Available. 


Suicide warning signs or suicidal thoughts include:

  • Talking about suicide — for example, making statements such as "I'm going to kill myself," "I wish I were dead" or "I wish I hadn't been born"

  • Getting the means to take your own life, such as buying a gun or stockpiling pills

  • Withdrawing from social contact and wanting to be left alone

  • Having mood swings, such as being emotionally high one day and deeply discouraged the next

  • Being preoccupied with death, dying or violence

  • Feeling trapped or hopeless about a situation

  • Increasing use of alcohol or drugs

  • Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns

  • Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly

  • Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order when there's no other logical explanation for doing this

  • Saying goodbye to people as if they won't be seen again

  • Developing personality changes or being severely anxious or agitated, particularly when experiencing some of the warning signs listed above

Warning signs aren't always obvious, and they may vary from person to person. Some people make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings secret.

Getting help for suicidal thoughts

  • Talking to someone about how you are feeling can help. Once you start talking it gets better. You can talk to a family, friend, teacher, anyone who you trust.

  • Go to your doctor. They can get different resources for you and run tests to find out what's going on.

  • Book an appointment to see a therapist.

  • If you feel you cant keep yourself safe you can call the police or ambulance or you can go to your nearest hospital. I know it can be frightening to do this but these people want to help you and you're NOT wasting anyone's time. Everyone needs help from time to time.

  • Call a helpline. 

If you or someone you know is in crisis or having a medical emergency call your country's emergency number 999, 112, 911, 000 


Making a safety plan can really help when the thoughts get too much. It can distract and ground you.

It also helps to remind you of the good things in life.

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You can download this safety plan template and create your own. 

When you feel unsafe you can read the safety plan and follow and safety tips and distractions you have. If the safety plan doesn't help its time to call an ambulance or go to hospital.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Its worth getting help for.

If someone you know is thinking of suicide the best thing you can do is listen and not judge. It can be hard to hear that someone you love is feeling like this but there is options for you too if you're upset or overwhelmed. Remember if you feel that you need to get them help by teling someone else thats okay. They might not understand or be upset but their safety matters.

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