It can be hard to know where to start. You might have lots of questions about where to get help or be worried about what might happen if you talk about how you are feeling. For answers to some of these questions please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section.
First of all- Tell someone how you are feeling. This can feel really scary and you might be worried or have doubts about who to tell or how they might react. It might be helpful to call a helpline such as HOPELineUK to plan out who to approach and what to say to them fist.
Who do I talk to? Who can I open up to? Who would understand?
- Support services and helplines, such as HOPELineUK.
- Your parents – they can be really supportive and help you to access support.
- Your partner; such as a husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
- Your teacher or university lecturer – they might be able to support you, point you in the right direction, and help take pressure off at your school or university.
- Your GP is always a good place to start – they should be able to look at different options for you to get help and support.
- Another trusted adult, such as a youth worker or counsellor.
- Your friends or other family members – they might be able to offer you support or suggest someone who you can talk to.
What help is available?
It can be hard to imagine what type of help or support you can access if you are feeling suicidal. The help available can vary depending on where you live and might include:
- Talking therapies – such as counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).
- Peer support – such as support groups, online groups and mentoring schemes.
- Community mental health support – such as seeing a mental health nurse or psychiatrist.
- Crisis services and sanctuaries.
- Helplines, including our national helpline HOPELineUK and local crisis lines.
- Self-help and online resources.
What do I say?
It can be hard to know what to say when asking for help. A little planning can help you to feel more prepared. You could consider:
- When you will talk to someone – try to pick a time when they won’t be rushed or distracted.
- What you want them to know or understand – it can help to make a few notes or bullet points as a prompt.
- What support you might want to try and what they can do to help.
- How you will tell them – for example if talking face to face is hard, you could try sending a text or an email or writing them a note. For more advice and support on reaching out for help contact HOPELineUK.