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Coping with suicidal thoughts

The content here talks about suicidal thoughts and other mental health problems, which some people may find triggering.

Friend comforting a sad friend and hugging them

If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, you’re not alone. What you might not realize is that suicidal thoughts are fairly common. These types of thoughts tend to be temporary and they don’t always mean that someone wants to die. They do often mean that someone is experiencing more pain than they can cope with right now.

Trying to manage these types of thoughts on your own can be frightening, confusing, and lonely, so it’s really important to tell someone. You don’t have to struggle on your own. Having suicidal thoughts doesn’t mean that you are ‘bad’, ‘weak’ or ‘crazy’, and you don’t have to feel ashamed. Try to be brave and reach out for help.

If you feel that you’re in immediate danger of taking your own life, please call emergency services or go to the nearest emergency department right now. There are people who can help you and it’s important to talk to someone immediately. You can also find links to local options for crisis support in the sidebar or here.

What are suicidal thoughts?

Different people experience suicidal thoughts and feelings in different ways. You might feel unable to cope with difficult or intense emotions, or there may be difficulties in your life that feel intolerable. You might be thinking that you would be better off dead or that your loved ones would be better off without you. You might be thinking that you want to die and be making plans to end your life.