What are suicidal feelings?

Suicide is the act of intentionally taking your own life.

Suicidal feelings can range from being preoccupied by abstract thoughts about ending your life, or feeling that people would be better off without you, to thinking about methods of suicide, or making clear plans to take your own life

If you are feeling suicidal, you might be scared or confused by these feelings.

But you are not alone. Many people think about suicide at some point in their lifetime.

How long will I feel suicidal?

Suicidal feelings can be overwhelming. How long these feelings last differs for everyone. It is common to feel as if you’ll never be happy or hopeful again. But with support and self-help, the majority of people who have felt suicidal go on to live fulfilling lives. The earlier you let someone know how you’re feeling, the quicker you’ll be able to get support to overcome these feelings.

However, it can feel difficult to open up to people.

You may want others to understand what you’re going through, but you might feel:

– unable to tell someone.
– unsure of who to tell.
– concerned that they won’t understand.
– fearful of being judged.
– worried you’ll upset them.

If this is the case, you might find it helpful to show our pages on supporting someone else with suicidal feelings to someone you trust. This can be a good way of starting the conversation and can give them suggestions of how they can help you.

Download the Mind brochure on what to do if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts.



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