Thinking about suicide?
Thoughts of hurting, or even killing yourself can be complex, frightening and confusing.
If you are thinking about suicide consider this:
S - Stop! Keep yourself safe and consider all the other options.
T - Talk to someone - it could be a friend, family member or support service. People care and want to listen and they can help you. Here are some useful phone numbers you could call.
A - Are you certain - have you considered all the other options and support you can receive such as online websites, emotional helplines, your GP and family and friends’ support.
Y - You matter - you are important and you’re not alone, there is always someone who cares and wants to help.
A - Any online support - if you don’t feel comfortable speaking to anyone then seek advice online for help and support on how to deal with suicidal thoughts. See our useful contacts pages here.
L - Listen to advice given by those who offer their time and help.
I - Is your judgment impaired? Are you in a state of emotional distress that could affect your judgement? Are you taking any prescription or non-prescription drugs that could affect your mood and decision making?
V - Very serious decision - consider the seriousness of this decision and how it will affect the people around you.
E - Evaluate the reasons and positives for living and staying alive!
Read more advice on how to cope in Rethink’s factsheet 'Suicidal thoughts - how to cope'.
MIND have also developed a useful guide on how to cope with suicidal feelings, download here
Develop a safety plan
It might be useful to consider developing a safety plan as a reminder of the people you can contact when you are struggling and things you can do to help yourself.
Below is a template to help you start to develop a safety plan. Think about your plan before you start to struggle. You may need someone to help, such as a friend or family member.
There is no set way for how your plan should look, this is only a guide.
Specialist mental health support
If you think you need specialist support you should contact your GP to discuss your concerns and seek advice.
Talking therapies, with Lincolnshire steps2change, might be something you may want to consider if you are feeling low, anxious or depressed. You can be referred to this service by your GP, or can self-refer if you prefer
If the emergency you are experiencing has an immediate life threatening danger call 999.
If you need help fast but don't think it's a 999 emergency, you can now call NHS 111. Calls from landlines & mobile phones are free.
You should call 111 if:
- it’s not a 999 emergency
- you don’t think you can wait for an appointment with your GP
- you don’t know who to call for medical help.