What to do when experiencing suicidal thoughts
If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, there is always professional help available to help you through it, both in the short and long term. If you’ve reached a crisis point, it’s always better to get help - here, The Mix will show you how to handle suicidal thoughts.
Suicidal thoughts can be terrifying and very isolating, with a feeling like there’s no way out. You might feel like you’re the only person who feels the way that you do, but suicidal thoughts are sadly very common. The important thing to realise is that you’re not alone and that immediate help is available.
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I’m feeling suicidal, what can I do?
If you feel like you might want to kill yourself, it’s important to seek help as soon as you can. There are free helplines that you can talk to for advice on getting through your suicidal feelings – and they’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
Sometimes, simply talking to a friend or a family member about it can help the feeling to pass. But you may feel too overwhelmed, beyond help or even too angry at everyone around you to want to open up to them, which can lead to you feeling even worse.
If this is the case, then it is best to get in touch with one of the support lines above. They’ll be able to give you completely impartial advice, and anything you say to them will be completely confidential.
If your suicidal feelings are becoming too much and you think you might actually harm yourself, you should go to the A&E department of your local hospital. They’ll be able to keep you safe, and will help you to find the support that you’ll need once you’re discharged from hospital.
You needn’t worry that you’ll be judged – the hospital staff who tend to you have likely dealt with a similar situation before.
If you’ve been feeling suicidal thoughts for a while but don’t think you’re currently at risk of killing yourself, you might look for longer term sources of support. You can speak to us at The Mix for guidance on getting long-term support with suicidal impulses, or speak to one of the helplines provided above.
There are some ways that you can safeguard yourself against your feelings to make sure that you don’t harm yourself impulsively in the heat of the moment. Whilst they aren’t quite as important as seeking help to stop your suicidal feelings altogether, they can help you to not put yourself at risk:
- Agree with yourself that you won’t act impulsively: whether it’s 24 hours or a week, it will help you to not act rashly
- Avoid drugs and alcohol: While they might feel like a good idea at the time, they can make you feel infinitely worse
- Remove items from your home that you might use to hurt yourself: For example, pills, knives, razors etc
- Tell someone how you feel: Whether it’s a trusted friend or a family member, they can keep an eye on you to check you’re not in danger
You might feel like nobody will be able to help you, but that’s never the case. GPs have vast experience in helping people who feel exactly the way that you do right now – and they might even be able to tell you why you’re feeling this way.
For example, they’ll be able to tell you whether it’s likely that you’re suffering from conditions such as anxiety and depression. Both of these are very common mental health issues that can be addressed with either:
- Medication – antidepressants can help suppress the chemicals in your body which are leading to your suicidal thoughts
- Therapy – talking to a psychologist might help you pin down what exactly is making you feel that you want to kill yourself, and how to overcome it.
As soon as you feel able, try to book an appointment with your GP. As with hospital staff, they won’t judge you – you can even take a friend or family member with you if you think you’ll feel more comfortable.
Having a friend tell you that they’re thinking of killing themselves can be very scary. Or, you might just think that they’re being silly and won’t actually do it. It’s important not to laugh at them, tell them to stop being stupid or to get over it.
Listen to them talk about how they’re feeling and stay calm – if you think they might actually harm themselves, then seek medical attention. Offering to go with them to the doctor can sometimes help enable them to get help from someone better equipped than you are.
- Our Crisis Messenger provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you’re aged 25 or under, you can text THEMIX to 85258
- SANE offers support and information to people affected by mental illness. Call their helpline on 0300 304 7000, open 4:30pm - 10:30pm every day.
- Anyone can contact the Samaritans on their 24-hour helpline to talk things through. 116 123
- Chat about this subject on our Discussion Boards.
- Need help but confused where to go locally? Download our StepFinder iPhone app to find local support services quickly.
Updated on 21-Oct-2020
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