Are You Having Suicidal Thoughts?

It is not uncommon to feel this way.

Many people have had suicidal thoughts and have worked through them.

It can feel much worse if you are alone. You don’t need to be.

There are people who are willing, able and available to help you.

Asking for help

Thoughts and feelings of ending your life can be overwhelming and very frightening.

It can be very difficult to know what to do and how to cope, but help is available.

Although it can be hard, it’s very important to ask someone you trust to help you or to contact a health practitioner or support organisation.

If your request for help isn’t heard, ask again. You may need to find someone to assist you to get help.

Who to ask for help

You can ask for help from:

  • members of your family, friends and support networks;
  • your doctor, local medical center staff or health insurance provider;
  • your local mental health organization or crisis response center. For their contact information:
    • ask your doctor or local medical team, or
    • see listings under “Hospitals & Other Health Service Providers” in your local phone book
  • a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist;
  • a hospital emergency department or afterhours medical center;
  • support phone lines (see your local white pages for listings);
  • church or spiritual leaders.

By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7. In the U.S., the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline helps people who call for themselves or someone they care about.