Suicide - when someone intentionally takes their own life – can be very complex.

People can experience suicidal feelings for a variety of reasons. They may be feeling as though life has become too difficult or hopeless, or experience intrusive thoughts about suicide.

If a person is experiencing suicidal feelings they may feel:

  • Hopeless
  • Overwhelmed by negative thoughts
  • Unbearable pain
  • Desperate
  • Useless

What is it like to experience suicidal feelings?

Everyone's experience will be different, but suicidal feelings can be something that someone experiences once or they might be something that they have to deal with their whole lives.

Suicidal thoughts can take over someone’s life, prevent them from maintaining relationships, doing their jobs or looking after their physical health. Going about day to day life when you feel life is not worth living can be exhausting.

Where can I find out more?

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal feelings, Samaritans are on hand 24/7 to provide support.

Visit the Mind  and Rethink Mental Illness to find out more about suicidal feelings, including support, treatment and recovery.

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