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Explains what suicidal feelings are, including possible causes and how you can learn to cope.
If you are experiencing ongoing suicidal feelings, you might feel as if there's nothing that could help. But there is support to help you cope with the problems that may be causing you to feel suicidal.
This page covers:
Going to your GP is a good starting point. It is common to feel worried about talking to your doctor about suicidal feelings, but they will be used to listening to people who are experiencing difficult feelings.
Your GP can:
You might find it helpful to have a look at our pages on seeking help for a mental health problem for tips on how to prepare for your GP appointment.
"Always ask for help. Talking is hard but people can help us through the hard times."
Talking treatments involve speaking about your feelings with a trained professional, such as a counsellor or psychotherapist. This could help you understand why you're experiencing suicidal feelings, and think about ways you can help yourself cope with and resolve them.
There may be a long waiting list in your area to access talking treatments on the NHS, but you may be able to access them through charities, your workplace or university, or privately at a reduced rate.
See our pages on talking treatments for more information about different types of treatment, and how you can access them through the NHS and privately.
Although there isn't a specific drug licensed to treat suicidal feelings, your doctor might prescribe you psychiatric medication to help you cope with your symptoms, or to treat a mental health problem, which might be causing your suicidal feelings. These might include:
A crisis service is any service that is available at short notice to help you resolve a mental health crisis, or to support you while it is happening:
Telephone services can be a good way of getting information or support when you need it. Many are available out-of-hours and provide a confidential, judgement-free service.
Talking to someone on the telephone can also be helpful if you are finding it difficult to open up to the people you know, or speak to someone face-to-face.
See our page on telephone support for a detailed list of organisations you can contact.
"I've saved the Samaritans number so I know there is always a place to talk."
Peer support brings together people who’ve had similar experiences to support each other. You can share your thoughts and tips for coping with others who understand what you are going through. For more information, and to find peer support services near you, take a look at our pages on peer support or contact your local Mind.
Peer support is also available online. You might prefer this if you don't feel like you can talk to people on the telephone or face to face.
See our pages on online support for more information.
This information was published in June 2016. We will revise it in 2019.
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