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Experiencing suicidal thoughts

Many people experience depression and thoughts of suicide, but there is still shame surrounding these issues, often for men. Remember you are not alone, reach out, there is help available.

What is depression?

Depression is more than simply feeling ‘fed up’. Depression may cause you to feel persistently unhappy for weeks or months, with symptoms ranging from lasting feelings of hopelessness or anxiety, to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy. In more serious cases, people may harm themselves and consider suicide. These feelings are very common, affecting 1 in 10 people at some point during their life.

What are suicidal thoughts?

To have ‘suicidal thoughts’ is to think about taking your own life. Do you sometimes ask yourself ‘what is the point?' These thoughts can be very complex and may not be as simple as thinking ‘I want to kill myself’. What might begin as a passing wish to disappear can build up to stronger feelings of insignificance, worthlessness and the desire to take your own life. This is the time when you need to reach out to someone.

Talking can really help

Going about your day-to-day life when you have depression and suicidal thoughts can be very difficult. You may feel helpless, vulnerable, isolated from your family and friends, or completely overwhelmed by your feelings. We want you to know that help is available and it’s closer than you might think.

The best advice for people experiencing suicidal thoughts is to share their feelings with somebody they trust.

Talking to a family member or a friend can take a huge amount of courage, but may also ease the burden on your shoulders. Your family and friends may be able to give you the support you need and keep you safe. Remember – you don’t have to carry these feelings on your own.

Visit the resources and organisations listed on this site for further support.