Suicidal thoughts - how to support someone
Suicide is when someone purposely ends their own life. This section looks at why someone might think about suicide and how you can help them.
- People might think about suicide for different reasons.
- If you are worried that someone may be thinking about suicide, talk to them. Ask them about how they are feeling and offer to help.
- Talking to someone about their suicidal thoughts does not make them more likely to end their life.
- You can help someone who is feeling suicidal by listening to them without judging them and trying to help them think about other options.
- You may need to get crisis help from mental health services or the emergency services.
- Helping someone with suicidal thoughts is likely to have a big impact on you. Find out what support is available to you.
- If someone does try to end their life, this is not your fault.
This section covers:
- What makes someone think of suicide?
- What are the warning signs that someone feels suicidal?
- How can I help someone who is feeling suicidal?
- What services can help someone who is feeling suicidal?
- Are people with mental illness more likely to feel suicidal?
- Are self-harm and suicide linked?
- How can I get support?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in March 2016. Next review March 2019.
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