Explains what suicidal feelings are, and what you can do if you feel suicidal. Also covers the causes, treatments and support options for suicidal feelings.
Suicidal feelings can affect anyone, of any age, gender or background, at any time.
If you are feeling suicidal it is likely that you have felt increasingly hopeless and worthless for some time. You may not know what has caused you to feel this way but it is often a combination of factors.
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"The thoughts would completely consume you sometimes, feeling like you have no control over your own body."
Struggling to cope with certain difficulties in your life can cause you to feel suicidal. These difficulties may include:
If you are unsure of why you feel suicidal, you may find it even harder to believe that there could be a solution. But whatever the reason, there is support available to help you cope and overcome these feelings.
Some medications, such as antidepressants, can cause some people to experience suicidal feelings. This side effect is often associated with a type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). But all antidepressants have this as a possible risk.
Some research shows that young people under the age of 25 are more likely to experience suicidal feelings when taking these medications.
If you experience suicidal feelings while taking psychiatric medication, you should talk to your GP as soon as possible about this.
"Whenever I feel suicidal thoughts starting to engulf me I keep reminding myself that feelings can change in an instant. Perhaps I'll wake up tomorrow and will no longer feel like I want to die – because that has happened many times before."
Research shows that men and people from LGBTIQ+ communities are more at risk of taking their own life.
It's not clear why more men than women take their own lives. But if you are identify as a man, you may:
In this video Lee, Rohan and Graham talk about the difficulties of being a man and feeling suicidal.
Studies show that people from LGBTIQ+ communities are more likely to experience suicidal feelings and take their own lives.
The reasons for this are complex, but mental health problems experienced by LGBTIQ+ people have been linked to:
You might also experience rejection, negative reactions or hostility from people in your life. For example, this could be from family members, friends, employers, members of a religious community, or strangers. This can have a big impact on your self-esteem. You may also feel unable to be open about your sexual or gender identity at work, at home or in other areas of your life.
Organisations which offer support for people from LGBTIQ+ communities include:
See our pages on LGBTIQ+ mental health for more information and ways to find support.
This information was published in April 2020. We will revise it in 2023.
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