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Explains what suicidal feelings are, including possible causes and how you can learn to cope.
If you have experienced suicidal feelings in the past, or are still feeling low now, you may be worried that these feelings might return or get worse.
But there are steps you can take to look after and improve your general wellbeing when you're feeling low, as well as prepare for if you were to feel suicidal again:
A safety plan is a personalised plan to support you step-by-step at times when you may be thinking about suicide.
Your safety plan might include:
Try to make a plan when you are well or able to think clearly about what you find helpful. You might want to complete the plan with a trusted friend or therapist and give them a copy to keep.
"I tried to plan for feeling really bad, knowing that I could become incapable of controlling my feelings for a while. It hurts to not trust yourself but it does pass and I am so glad to be here still."
A safety plan focuses on what you can do now to keep yourself safe.
A crisis plan or joint crisis plan (agreed jointly between you and any mental health professionals involved in your care) also focuses on what has helped to keep you safe in the past, but is more detailed. It also covers what treatment you would like to receive if necessary, and whether you've made an advance statement or decision.
You can read more about crisis plans here.
"Being suicidal is nothing short of a nightmare so it is essential that you tell someone."
"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."
This information was published in June 2016. We will revise it in 2019.
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