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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. 

What are suicidal thoughts?

Feeling suicidal can range from thinking about dying to planning how to do it. It might make you feel scared or overwhelmed, but it's important to know you're not alone. Many people go through these thoughts at some point in their lives.

People experience suicidal feelings differently. You might feel overwhelmed by tough emotions, feeling like you can't handle them. It might not be so much about wanting to die, but feeling like you can't keep living the way you are.

These feelings can grow gradually or fluctuate from one moment to the next. It's normal to feel confused about why you're feeling this way.

These thoughts aren't permanent, You will feel okay again, with the right support .

When you're in the grip of suicidal feelings, it can be really tough. It might seem like there's no way out, like acting on those feelings is the only option, or that nothing can make the pain go away.

But remember, those feelings, though intense, can pass.

In this moment, there are things you can try. Even if it feels like nothing will make a difference, give these strategies a chance. You might feel differently once you've given them a shot.

Instead of fixating on the future, focus on getting through this moment or day.

You've likely experienced similar feelings before, and they've eventually faded. Remind yourself that this pain is temporary; it will likely ease with time.

Try changing your immediate thoughts by doing something different or shifting your focus. It doesn't have to be a big change—small steps can help.

Don’t make a decision today

You don’t need to act on your thoughts right now.

You can try to focus on just getting through now, or today, and not the rest of your life.

You may have had these thoughts before, but you feel less able to cope today. You might find that you are more able to cope in a few days.

Other ways to cope

  • Talk to someone about how you are feeling - This could be a Family Member, Teacher, Friend, Counsellor or a Hotline.

  • If you are finding it hard to talk about what you’re going through, you can try starting with:
    “Lately, I’ve been feeling…”
    “I think it started when…”
    “I’ve been feeling this for a while…” or“I’m thinking about…”

  • Write about your feelings, Writing down how you are feeling can really help. Writing in a journal or on a piece of paper and then destroying that paper can give you a sense of relief.

  • Take things a little at a time. Set out to get through the next day, the next week or month, perhaps the next hour or even less. Tell yourself: "I've got through so far, I can get through the next hour".


Coping with these thoughts

What you May think or feel

  • hopeless, like there is no point in living

  • tearful and overwhelmed by negative thoughts

  • unbearable pain that you can't imagine ending

  • useless, not wanted or not needed by others

  • desperate, as if you have no other choice

  • like everyone would be better off without you

  • cut off from your body or physically numb

  • fascinated by death. 

What you may experience

  • poor sleep, including waking up earlier than you want to

  • a change in appetite, weight gain or loss

  • no desire to take care of yourself, for example neglecting your physical appearance

  • wanting to avoid others

  • making a will or giving away possessions

  • struggling to communicate

  • self-loathing and low self-esteem

  • urges to self-harm.


  • Do something else, and focus your attention fully on what you're doing, e.g. • Gardening

  •  Household chores

  •  Physical exercise - walk, run, cycle, dance.

  • Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) 

  • Reading - magazine, self help book

  •  Television 

  • Seek out a supportive discussion forum on the internet •

  • Learn something new on the internet • 

  • Go to the park, the beach - pay attention to nature.

  • Visit someone

  • Music 

  • Play with a pet.

  • DIY 

  • Feed the birds 

  • Sudoku or crossword 

  • Do something creative: painting, writing, knitting, play a musical instrument, make a collage, bake a cake, cook a meal, arrange some flowers, make a website or blog.

Safety Plan

Having a safety plan while in a moment of crisis can be extremely helpful.

You can make your own on websites and apps such as:

  • Canva

  • Word

  • Phonto

Or you can download some online.

Resources and helplines


Samaritans - Call 116123 or email

Pieta House - Call 1800 247 247 or Text HELP to 51444

Text about it - Text HELLO to 50808

Childline - For people up to the age of 18

Go to your GP if you are struggling.

In an emergency go to your local hospital or call 999 and ask for Ambulance or Gardi

For other Countries please go to our resources and helplines page.

If you think that its the end remember your life is just beginning.


Samaritans - Call 116123


Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
Visit the webchat page

Papyrus – prevention of young suicide HOPELINE247
Call 0800 068 41 41
Text 07860 039967

Childline – for children and young people under 19
Call 0800 1111 

SOS Silence of Suicide – for everyone
Call 0300 1020 505 – 4pm to midnight every day

Shout Crisis Text Line – for everyone

Text "SHOUT" to 85258

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger – for people under 19

Text "YM" to 85258

Go to your GP if you are struggling.

If you or someone you know is in Crisis call 999 and ask for Ambulance or Police, or go to your nearest hospital.

You will get through this, You are not alone.

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