What are suicidal thoughts?
When we feel hopeless and fed up with the thought of carrying on, we can begin to think about the ‘what if’s’... What if I didn’t have to feel like this? What if I wasn’t here? What if I was dead? These ‘what if’ thoughts can become more and more serious, particularly if you have depression and it worsens. During this deep despair, thoughts of giving up and not struggling anymore can come into our minds and begin to linger, and death can begin to feel like the only escape. These thoughts can develop into ‘suicidal ideation’ when the thoughts begin to become more real. For example, you begin to spend long periods of time thinking about ending your life or thinking about the people you will leave behind.
How do I know if I am feeling suicidal?
If you are having suicidal thoughts, then you are probably feeling suicidal. Some of the warning signs are:
Feeling like taking your own life can be symptom of a serious underlying issue, illness or cause. Usually someone feels suicidal as a result of a ‘build up’ of when things have become too much to cope with. The reasons behind feeling suicidal are usually complex and very personal to the situation you are in at the moment. There are however things that make people more prone to experiencing suicidal thoughts, such as:
Getting help from Off the Record
Off the Record isn’t a crisis service but we are here to help. If you are feeling affected by suicidal thoughts then we will be able to point you in the direction of some support. If we can, we will try and offer you an appointment to come in and talk about what’s going on. Contact us, as we will be more than happy to help. If the office is closed please leave a message and someone will call you back in order to arrange to meet you as soon as possible.
There is help available if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts
Suicidal thoughts are serious and if you recognise any of these warning signs in yourself or in someone close to you then it is important to take action. We recommended that you:
Contact your GP. If you are already receiving support from mental health services, contact your Community Mental Health Team
There are a number of phone lines that can help: Samaritans on 116 123 for 24- hour confidential emotional support Childline on 0800 1111 for 24-hour confidential support to children and young people up to 18 years old
Go to your nearest A&E and ask to be seen by the duty Psychiatrist, who will be able to assess you and give you the appropriate help
If you are concerned about an immediate risk of harm and you don’t feel safe then phone 999 and ask for the police or ambulance service
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