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:
Can medication make me feel worse?
Although psychiatric medication may be prescribed to help treat a mental health problem that is causing suicidal feelings, you might find they actually make these feelings worse for a bit. However, this should usually pass after a couple of weeks.
Research has found that some SSRI antidepressants can cause or worsen suicidal feelings.
It's about finding what works best for you. See our pages on what you need to know before taking psychiatric medication for more information.
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:
- Crisis resolution and home treatment (CRHT) teams who can support you at your home during a mental health crisis. See our page on crisis teams for more information.
- Community mental health teams (CMHT) who can support you at home when you are not in crisis.
- Crisis houses offer a sanctuary where you can go to reflect and talk to others when you are experiencing suicidal feelings. Take a look at our page on crisis houses for more information and to find out what is available to you locally.
- Local support services which may offer day services, drop-in sessions, counselling or issue-specific support. Many local branches of the Samaritans offer walk in face-to-face support. See our page on day services for more information about how to find and access local support services.