Suicide is the act of intentionally ending your life.
If you're reading this because you have, or have had, thoughts about taking your own life, it's importantyou ask someone for help. It's probably difficult for you to seeat this time, but you're not alone and not beyond help.
Many people who have had suicidal thoughts say they were so overwhelmed by negative feelingsthey felt they had no other option. However, with support and treatment they were able to allow the negative feelings to pass.
If you are feeling suicidal,there are people you can talk to who want to help:
Tryto avoid offering solutions and try not tojudge.
If they've previously been diagnosed with a mental health condition, such as depression, you canspeak toa member of their care team for help and advice.
Misusing alcohol or drugs and having poor job security can also make a person more vulnerable.
It's not always possible to prevent suicidal thoughts, but keeping your mind healthy with regularexercise, healthy eating andmaintaining friendships can help you cope better with stressful or upsetting situations.
Self-harming can be a kind of "survival strategy", providing a person with a way of coping with overwhelming emotions.
However, self-harming is usually a sign that a person needs immediate help and support.
Read about Self-harm for more information and advice.
Suicide is the act of intentionally ending your life. 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.
Despite being a leading cause of death, both in England and worldwide, there is little hard evidence to explain why some people attempt suicide.
Sometimes, there may be obvious signs that someone is at risk of attempting suicide, although this is not always the case.
If you've had suicidal thoughts recently, or if you're feeling suicidal now, contact someone for help.
One of the best things you can do if you think someone may be feeling suicidal is to encourage them to talk about their feelings and to listen to what they say.
It's impossible to guarantee you will never get a mental health condition, but you can take steps to improve your mental health.