I'm feeling suicidal

Anyone can be affected by suicidal thoughts or feelings at any time in their life. One in five adults report having suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives.

Feeling suicidal can be a result of lots of different things piling up or a big life event, if you're feeling suicidal it's very likely that you've been feeling hopeless or worthless for some time and it is that overwhelming feeling that has led to you feeling this way.

Experiencing certain difficulties or challenges in your life can cause you to feel suicidal, this can include:

  • mental health problems
  • bullying or discrimination
  • domestic abuse
  • sexual or physical abuse
  • loss of a loved one (a relative, friend or colleague)
  • experiencing suicide
  • postnatal depression
  • addiction or substance abuse
  • relationship breakdown
  • homelessness
  • financial problems such as debts
  • isolation or loneliness
  • long-term physical pain or illness

Mind – Causes of suicidal feelings provide more information.

If you don't know why you're feeling suicidal, it may be difficult for you to see a time when you no longer feel this way, but whatever the reason it's important to remember there is support available to help you overcome these thoughts and feelings and cope with the difficulties you are experiencing in your life.

The Stay Alive App has useful information that helps you stay safe in a crisis. It can be useful if you are feeling suicidal or concerned about someone else. Download it on:

Tips for coping right now

Start a conversation

Although this may seem difficult it could be helpful for you to talk to someone about how you're feeling. There are lots of people who can help such as, friends, family or your GP. For many people who have felt suicidal at some point in their lives, starting a conversation with someone about these thoughts and feelings was the first step to feeling better.

If you don't want to talk to people you know you can get in touch with a helpline and get help now.

Get advice

There could be many reasons why you're feeling this way including, mental health problems, debts and substance misuse. It's important to know that there is plenty of advice and support to help you.

Get help

If you don't want to call one of our helplines, other immediate support includes making an urgent appointment to see your GP or if they're unavailable you can go to accident and emergency or phone 999 and tell them exactly how you're feeling.

Don’t forget

These thoughts and feelings do pass and people who've felt like this in the past go on to say, things do get better, see for yourself in the finding hope videos. You're not alone.