Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Nearly everyone has times when they feel very down and can’t see a way out, sometimes these feelings are so strong and overwhelming it can lead to attempts to end their life. A person can feel so intensely negative about life they cannot see the point in carrying on.
Life changes and hormonal changes can mean young people are often be more vulnerable to suicidal feelings especially if they do not know how to overcome their problems and there is no one to help them. Young people who are experiencing pressure at school, career choices, worries about relationships and sexuality and feeling scared about the future can sometimes feel, if they have nobody to help them to overcome these problems, that suicide is the best alternative. The risks are higher if a young person:
If you’re reading this because you’re having suicidal thoughts, try to ask someone for help. It may be difficult at this time, but it’s important to know you’re not beyond help and you’re not alone. Talk to someone you trust like a member of your family or a teacher.
Talking to someone can help you see beyond feelings of loneliness or despair and help you realise there are options.There are people who want to talk to you and help. Try talking to a family member or friend about how you’re feeling.
There are several telephone helplines you can call at any time of the day or night. You can speak to someone who understands how you’re feeling and can help you through the immediate crisis.Talking to someone can help you see beyond feelings of loneliness or despair and help you realise there are options.
If you don’t want to speak to someone on a helpline, you could talk to:
It would also help to see your GP. They can advise you about appropriate treatment if they think you have a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety.
Your GP may be able to help you with access to talking therapies. Talking therapies, such as counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), are often used to help people who have suicidal thoughts and usually involve talking about your feelings with a professional