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Explains what suicidal feelings are, including possible causes and how you can learn to cope.
Suicide is the act of intentionally taking your own life.
Suicidal feelings can range from being preoccupied by abstract thoughts about ending your life, or feeling that people would be better off without you, to thinking about methods of suicide, or making clear plans to take your own life.
If you are feeling suicidal, you might be scared or confused by these feelings.
But you are not alone. Many people think about suicide at some point in their lifetime.
"I couldn't see past the pain. It was a different reality for me. I only knew I wanted the pain to stop, the anguish to go away."
Everyone's experience of suicidal feelings is unique to them. You might feel unable to cope with the enduring difficult feelings you are experiencing. You may feel less like you want to die and more like you cannot go on living the life you have.
These feelings may build over time or might fluctuate from moment to moment. And it's common to not understand why you feel this way.
Here are some thoughts, feelings and experiences you may go through if you are feeling suicidal:
"Suicidal thoughts aren't permanent - things do improve. You can find your motivation to live again."
Suicidal feelings can be overwhelming. How long these feelings last differs for everyone.
It is common to feel as if you'll never be happy or hopeful again.
But with support and self-help, the majority of people who have felt suicidal go on to live fulfilling lives.
The earlier you let someone know how you're feeling, the quicker you'll be able to get support to overcome these feelings.
However, it can feel difficult to open up to people.
You may want others to understand what you're going through, but you might feel:
If this is the case, you might find it helpful to show our pages on supporting someone else with suicidal feelings to someone you trust. This can be a good way of starting the conversation and can give them suggestions of how they can help you.
"Sharing that I felt suicidal with close friends, although scary as I worried they'd be angry, has helped me in subsequent black times. They said they'd hate to lose me having not been given the chance to help."
It's important to remember that you deserve support, you are not alone and there is support out there.
Graham, Miram, Alicia and Lee talk about what it feels like to want to take your own life, and ways they have learned to cope.
This information was published in June 2016. We will revise it in 2019.
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