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Updated : August 1, 2022 4 mins read

Suicidal thoughts | Support for AFYP

Updated : August 1, 2022 4 mins read

Article Suicidal thoughts

Common questions about suicidal thoughts

5 Tips for managing suicidal thoughts

  1. Remember you are not alone, even when it feels like it, people care about you.
  2. Try to distract yourself from the thoughts.
  3. Talk to someone, if you don’t want to talk to someone you know use a mental health help line.
  4. Make a plan of what you can do when the thoughts get really bad, this is sometimes called a safety plan.
  5. Make some future goals. Even if it’s for tomorrow or next week, keep yourself focused on short term goals.

Getting help

One of the best things that you can do when having suicidal thoughts is to speak to someone about them.

It might feel scary having that conversation or too difficult to talk about, but once someone knows that you’re struggling they can support you to get the help you need.

Getting help doesn’t have to mean going to a doctor. You can first talk to a parent, caregiver, teacher, friend or someone who works to support you – like our listening space mentors.

If you think you might need more support, you can find out about how to get professional mental health help.

Get Help now

If you are concerned about your mental health, or if you have found yourself feeling concerned about someone else, you can:

Call 111 – NHS 24

Call 116 123 – The Samaritans

Call 0800 83 85 87 – Breathing Space

Text: ‘YM’ to 85258 – Young Minds crisis chat

If you think you are in danger of hurting yourself or other people, you should call 999 or present to your local A&E department.