Have you had thoughts that you would be better off dead?
“I felt so down, I was so miserable that I seriously thought about taking an overdose*. But I talked to my friend about my thoughts and I felt alot better”
Throughout our lives we can sometimes feel down and some people can feel so low that they think about suicide. Many things can make you feel like this for example being being abused, feeling lonely, being bullied and feeling stressed about exams.
Whilst both boys and girls can feel suicidal, boys are more at risk because they are scared they will appear weak, they find it difficult to talk about their problems and prefer to cope on their own. But asking for help doesn’t mean you’re a weak person. If you’re having suicidal thoughts, talk to someone that you trust as soon as you can and don’t worry that they will think you are weak. This could be a friend, family member, a teacher/tutor, a helpline, a youth worker or your doctor. By talking to them, it will help you get through this difficult time.
Talking is a really good idea, as it can often make you feel better about things.
If you’re feeling suicidal:
• Contact your GP/family doctor or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department (A&E). If you go to A&E you will speak to a nurse who will make sure somebody who is trained in helping you with these thoughts, will see you.
• Click this link ( if you are 16 years or over) to be taken to a different part of this website, where there are telephone numbers for a team of health professionals who can talk to you about how you are feeling.
• If you are 16 years old ( but even if you are under 16 and still reading this) and still in school, go and speak to the school nurse or a teacher.
• Avoid alcohol and drugs – they’ll make you feel worse.
• Speak to a friend, family member or somebody you can trust as soon as possible.
• Talk to any health professional about how to get counselling.
Below are different local and national services that can offer you support. They are a mixture of helplines, websites and places in your area that can help.