If you’re reading this because you have, or have had, thoughts about taking your own life, it’s important you ask someone for help. It’s probably difficult for you to see at this time, but you’re not beyond help and there is a way out of the situation you find yourself in.
It may be surprising to learn that lots of people have thought about killing themselves. Common reasons and thoughts include:
- There’s no reason for me to be alive
- Killing myself is the only way I can get out of this situation or stop feeling this bad
- Nobody cares anyway
- Things will never get better
- Killing myself will finally show others how I feel
- Some people think about killing themselves even though they really don’t want to – if this is you please read my page on troubling thoughts & OCD.
Many people who have suicidal thoughts feel so bad that they think there is no way out other than to end their lives. I have spoken to a lot of people who have felt like this. They now feel so much better and are relieved they didn’t end their lives before discovering there was a way for them to be happy.
Please give us some time to try to make things better for you too.
Let someone know how you’re feeling – if you don’t want to talk to your friends or family you could speak to a professional (we speak to lots of people who have thought about killing themselves).
If you have anything that you could use to harm yourself at home please get rid of it – this will give you time to think things through even if you have sudden urges to end your life.
If you would like someone to talk to immediately try Malaysia’s Befrienders. They are a charity dedicated to offering friendly support over email, phone or face-to-face at any time of the day or night. Many countries have an equivalent organisation. For example, in the UK the Samaritans have a large, well-regarded operation to help people who are feeling troubled.
Helping someone who is having suicidal thoughts
If you’re worried that someone you know may be considering killing themselves, try to talk to them about how they are feeling. Talking to someone about their suicidal thoughts will not make them kill themselves (you can’t give someone the idea of killing themselves – so it’s ok to ask). Listening is the best way to help. Try to avoid offering solutions and try not to judge.
If there is an immediate danger, make sure they are not left on their own. If necessary get other people or their relatives to help you keep them safe.
Although talking to someone about their feelings can help them feel safe and secure, these feelings may not last. It may require long-term support to help someone overcome their suicidal thoughts. If you can encourage them to meet with a supportive professional this may help them to recover.
Any questions or comments?
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Further Information …
I’ve included some links to websites that I have found useful below.
The NHS has good information on suicidal feelings and recommendations on how to respond.
If you are in Malaysia and would like someone to talk to immediately try this charity is dedicated to offering friendly support over email, phone or face-to-face at any time.
The website has some good well structured advice for people feeling suicidal and their friends and family.
This page gives personal stories to help other’s understand what it’s like to be considering killing yourself.
This page offers good advice about how to get through your day if you feel like killing yourself.