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Thinking about ending it all now!

If you are thinking about ending your life, then just know that this is a perfectly normal reaction to an enormous amount of stress, but it is also a warning sign that you need to seek help. Before you research methods, just know that suicide is not painless. It is not the best way to solve any issues you are having. It is probably not even the solution you are looking for. You do not have to feel this way and you certainly do not need to struggle alone.

Organisations that can help

Samaritans– probably the most famous, and well established.
Call 116 123

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5 pm to midnight every day
They have a  web chat page if you feel you can’t talk on the phone

Papyrus – for people under 35

Although not open all the time, they are especially helpful for the stresses of being a young person today. Struggles with Schooling, Uni, alcohol, work and finances
Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 10 am to 10 pm, weekends 2 pm to 10 pm, bank holidays 2 pm to 5 pm
Text 07786 209697

What to do if:

I am feeling suicidal

If you are getting thoughts of wanting to end your life, then please seek help right now. Talking to friends can help enormously, you may even find you have common ground! Although if you feel you cannot, then talking to one of the organisations above can be a good starting point. Telling your GP or Student support services about these thoughts will help them to evaluate your health better and signpost you to better help. Just know that you are not alone, and many people have felt like you are feeling right now and got better with help. It is ok to feel this way, it will, even if you don’t think it won’t right now, pass.

Someone else is feeling suicidal

In the first instance, talk to them. They are probably feeling very lonely and think that they do not matter to the world. Let them know you care. Talking about suicide, asking if they are feeling suicidal, does not put the idea into their head. Ask a straightforward question, that can be answered yes or no, as to how they feel. If they seem to be in immediate danger of committing suicide, then get them to A+E. If they are just feeling suicidal, but not made plans as yet, then get them to talk to the above organisations, or to their GP, or an NHS 111 assessment. Try not to leave them alone, do not remove coping mechanisms for them, but make sure they are safe from any real harm.

Suicide Prevention, reaching out for helpA quote that has saved many lives is

"Remember, every bad day ends"