Feeling like you want to die?

Many people who have attempted or come close to suicide look back with gratitude that they were not successful in acting on their intentions.

Suicide is not the way out!

If you are about to harm yourself or have already done so, phone 999 or get yourself quickly to your local hospital’s A&E (accident and emergency).

Tell them clearly that you are at risk to yourself.

What to do if you are feeling actively suicidal now:

  • Make a deal with yourself that you will not act just yet.
  • Tell someone else how you are feeling or find someone to be with you.
  • If that is not possible right now, phone an all-hours contact:
Samaritans – 24 hrs trained listening T: 116 123   E: jo@samaritans.org
NHS 111 (England and Wales) T: 111 (non-emergency)
NHS 24 (Scotland) T: 111  (Textphone 18001 111)
Or phone your local GP’s out of hours service
HOPEline UK T: 0800 068 41 41  SMS: 0776 209 697
E: pat@papyrus-uk.org
Get connected – local counselling for under 25s (free for mobile phones) T: 0808 808 4994
SMS: 80849
Nightline – all night student listening service: find local campus details
International email and phone help details: befrienders.org


  • Ask someone to help you make a plan for keeping yourself safe – put dangerous items out of reach or give them to someone else to look after for you.
  • Do something to distract yourself from your thoughts
    – watch TV or a DVD; read a book; write in a diary; tidy your room or sort out a pile of papers etc.

Other things to consider:

Look through this website to get more ideas about what to do next. The other pages in this section will help you understand your suicidal thoughts better and how to get the right kind of help and support. The attached worksheet explains how to build a personalised safety plan to help you keep yourself safe when you feel you are at risk of acting on your thoughts.

Reading through the stories of the students who have contributed to this site will give you many examples of how others have coped with their suicidal thoughts. Like Charlie, they all found their way to a place where they were relieved they had not carried out their suicidal intentions – even though at the time they could not see a way forward.

Look at the Understand Depression and Tackle Depression sections to learn more about how depression works in a self-reinforcing spiral to drag you down – and how there are many small things you can do that will help turn that spiral around.

Next: Surviving suicidal thoughts

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