Every year, more than 80,000 people across the world take their own lives: this number is more than 6000 in the UK alone.
Suicide Prevention Day marks an annual event aimed at raising awareness of suicide and reaching out to those who are struggling to cope.
Mental Health is one of the leading problems in the world, yet it is still not talked about properly.
What are suicidal feelings?
Suicidal feelings could range from feeling that people would be better off without you or thinking about abstract ways of ending your life, or even making clear plans to take your own life.
These kinds of thoughts vary depending on the person, in terms of;
- How long they last: They may pass quickly, or last for a long period of time.
- How intense they are: The thoughts may build up over time or be intense from the start; they may be more severe at different times and change quickly.
Combining the two, you can understand how serious a problem suicidal thoughts could potentially be for someone, and how at risk they might be.
The person may be feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, useless or unwanted, desperate and thinking everyone would be better off without you. These feelings may lead to potential red flags such as poor sleep, a change in appetite, neglecting yourself, low self-esteem, wanting to avoid others and even urges to self-harm.
If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, you might be scared, confused or anxious about these feelings.
But you are not alone.
Most people will have these thoughts throughout their life, and there are support networks that can help you.
Who can help?
Samaritans: Call 116 123 | Email email@example.com
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): Call 0800 58 58 58 | Visit the webchat page
Papyrus: Call 0800 068 41 41 | Text 07786 209 697 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Talk to someone you trust
If you have a family member or friend that you can confide in, let them know what’s going on. They may be able to help you and keep you safe.
Often enough, opening about your feelings can help. Don’t be afraid to start the conversation.
If you find it difficult to talk to someone you know, or don’t have anyone you can trust, you could;
- Call 111 out of hours (they will help you find the right support)
- Call your GP (ask for an emergency appointment)
- Contact your mental health crisis team
Worried about someone else?
If you are worried about someone that you know, try and start a conversation with them about how they are feeling. Listening is one of the best ways of understanding someone’s problems and goes a long way to helping them feel better.
NHS England suggest tips such as;
- Focus on getting through today
- Be around other people who make you feel safe and welcome
- Stay away from things that could cause harm, such as drugs or alcohol
- Do something you enjoy
Mental Health problems impact many of our lives in a negative way. Contemplating suicide is something that can happen because of poor mental health.
You never know what other people might be going through, so be kind always, and look out for the people around you.
It might just save a life.