Feeling overwhelmed or suicidal, or know someone who does?
Life can be painful, and sometimes this can lead to suicidal thoughts. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.
1 in 5 people have thought about suicide at some time in their life, according to the Samaritans - Myths about Suicide
Where can I get support if I am struggling?
It’s OK for us to have feelings that make us panic and feel hopeless or even question our purpose in life! But you shouldn't have to face these feelings alone! If you are struggling to cope, don’t stay silent, talk to someone who can help you find a way forward.
You can talk to:
- A close friend, relative or teacher
- Young Minds Crisis Messenger Service - Text 85258 (24/7)
- The Samaritans - Call 116 123 Or email: email@example.com (24/7)
- Childline - Call anytime on 0800 1111
- Hopeline (PAPYRUS) - Call 0800 068 41 41 Or text 07786 209697. (Open Mon-Fri 10am to 10pm, Weekends 2pm to 10pm.)
These helplines are free to call and confidential.
Males are less likely to talk about their feelings
Trying to ‘pull yourself together’ or 'manning up' doesn’t always work. If you can’t talk to your mates or your family don’t feel stuck dealing with it on your own, get anonymous and confidential support to help you stay in control.
The image above shows a quote from former Ipswich Town right-back, Jordan Spence, when talking about male suicide prevention. He says "Talking and speaking up is a point of strength."
Jordan spoke out about the dangers of toxic male stereotypes and why it is important for boys and young men to talk about mental health in his Interview back in 2018, on Suffolk Mind World Suicide Prevention Day
Talk to CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). CALM provides support to boys and men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, and need to talk about it. Call their helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (Open every day from 5pm – Midnight. Calls are free from most mobile networks.) They have Webchat available on their website.
How to talk to someone you're worried about
Talking about suicide will not make it happen!
1. Start by saying "Are you OK?" - But think of how many times you've immediately said your fine when your not! So ask this twice - like this YouTube video titled 'If your mate's acting differently, Ask Twice', from 'Time to Change' charity shows:
2. Emphasise and Listen - Allow them to talk about their feelings and listen without judging them. Talking about it lets the person know there's someone willing to hear their thoughts.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and find out why they feel this way - Reassure them that desperate feelings don't last and can be overcome. There is support out there and you can help them find it.
4. Encourage them to tell someone.
How can I tell if a friend or someone close to me is feeling suicidal?
You may hear them say these sort of things:
- “Sometimes I feel like I just want to die”.
- “I’m worthless”.
- “There’s no reason for me to live”.
- “You’re better off without me”.
- “If I died, would you miss me?”
- “I’ll try anything, I’m not afraid to die".
You may see them do these sorts of things:
- Giving away things most valuable to them.
- Drinking more or taking drugs.
- Making funeral arrangements/saying goodbyes.
- Suddenly ‘recovered’ after a period of depression.
These are some of the common signs, but sometimes there are no warning signs.
What to do if I'm worried someone is feeling suicidal or in immediate danger of taking their life.
If someone is feeling suicidal, you should:
- Take them to your local hospital's emergency department ( A & E)
- Make an urgent visit with them to see a GP
- Visit a local Samaritans branch (based in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds)
If in immediate danger, you should:
- Call 999 - Stay with them or keep talking to them on the phone until help arrives. Don't leave them alone. And always remember to put your own safety first.
- Look after yourself – If you have supported someone to find help you may be left with difficult feelings yourself. Try and speak to a trusted adult so you’re not dealing with it on your own or see below for emotional wellbeing support.
What to do to stay calm:
If you or someone you know are feeling emotionally distressed, try using this ‘5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Technique’ to find some calm:
- Name 5 things you can see around you.
- Name 4 things you can feel (clothes, warm, cool, breeze, touch)
- Name 3 things you can hear right now.
- Name 2 things you can smell (or, 2 things you like the smell of)
- Name 1 thing that you like to taste
Focusing on your breathing can also help - gently breathe in and out from low down in your chest, nearer your stomach to slow your breathing down. Try breathing along to the below shape which can be accessed from the GIPHY website
Where can I get emotional wellbeing advice and support?
- Emotional Wellbeing Hub – Confidential information, advice and support available through their helpline or you can make an online referral. Phone: 0345 600 2090 (Open Monday - Friday, 8am to 7.30pm). Find out more on our Emotional Wellbeing Hub page
- Kooth - A free, safe and confidential online service where you can find someone to talk to when you need it. Find out more on our Kooth information page or visit their website www.kooth.com
- Speak to a school nurse - Text 07507 333356. For more details see our ChatHealth page
- Speak with a 4YP youth worker - For confidential advice and support. Drop in or call them. Visit their website for more details www.4yp.org.uk
- YoungMinds Text Messenger Service - For urgent support and help text YM on 85258. The website also provides helpful information, advice and support. Visit YoungMinds website
How can I look after my emotional wellbeing?
The following websites and Apps can help support your emotional wellbeing:
- For advice and support if you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, take a look at our Health and wellbeing section
- Explore things that can help you look after your emotional wellbeing from our 30 Day What's Up Challenge
The 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' is important for maintaining good emotional wellbeing, these are:
- Keep learning - Try a new skill/activity or pick something you used to enjoy doing!
- Connect - Make contact with friends, family and others.
- Take Notice - Take time out to observe what's going on around you.
- Gve - a smile or say thank you to someone or do a good deed.
- Be Active - Go for a walk/run with a friend. For more details visit www.healthysuffolk.org.uk
Become a Suffolk Life Saver:
‘Every day two people in England under the age of 24 kill themselves.’
Our aim is to get more young people talking about suicide, challenging myths and to know where to go to find help.
Spread the word by pledging your support and become a Suffolk Young Life Saver today. Visit: www.healthysuffolk.org.uk
Request a copy of our 'Feeling Overwhelmed or Suicidal? Suffolk Young Life Saver Z card', email: firstname.lastname@example.org