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How Can I Help Myself Cope with Suicidal Feelings

1. Emotional Health and Wellbeing 2. Feeling Suicidal         3. How Can I Help Myself Cope With Suicidal Feelings
4. Treatment and Support for Ongoing Suicidal Thoughts/Feelings    

3. Coping with Suicidal Feelings 


There are various things you can try to help you cope with your suicidal feelings:

  • Talk to a friend/family member you trust.  You may feel they won’t understand but it’s important you don’t keep these thoughts to yourself.  They can also help keep you safe.

A safety plan might include:

  • Remove access to anything you could hurt yourself with;
  • Have someone stay with you at all times;
  • Try to challenge negative thoughts about yourself and think about the positive things in your life.  (If you find this difficult imagine how a friend or loved one would describe you);
  • Distract yourself from these thoughts.  Try listening to music, playing a game, watching TV, relaxation/mindfulness, having a hot bath, reading a book, solving a puzzle, going for a walk, sport/exercise, talk to a friend online or text.  This can help break the cycle of the thoughts so they are less intrusive and help you to feel calmer.  The more you may think of something the worse it will seem.
  • Use online resources to talk to someone anonymously, such as:

Kooth Online Counselling

  • Talk to someone who has previous experience in supporting young people through distressing times. Such as:

Papyrus 0800 068 4141
Samaritans 24/7 116123 (free number)
Childline 24/7 0800 1111
NSPCC 0808 800 5000

If after you have tried these suggestions and you still feel unsafe you need to tell a close family member and go to A&E together.

If it is within school/working hours (9-5pm) you can also seek help from a teacher or GP who can see you and refer you to the right team for help and support.

Child and Adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) have a team who respond to urgent referrals like this from GPs, schools and A&E.  They offer rapid assessment and intensive support for young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.  They will speak to you on the phone and arrange to see you face to face, if this is needed, as soon as possible. 

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