On these pages you can find information and advice about managing suicidal feelings.

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. It's probably difficult for you to see at this time, but you're not alone and not beyond help.

Suicidal thoughts sometimes start because people feel overwhelmed by their problems or their situation. When we get overwhelmed it can be hard to see a way out. Our thinking can become very negative and narrow, and it becomes difficult to get perspective and find solutions.

Suicidal thoughts are far more common than people realise, we just don't talk about them – we suffer in silence. Anyone can have thoughts of suicide.

People can become suicidal if they have really difficult or upsetting things to deal with or if they have lots of smaller worries that pile up and make them feel overwhelmed.

Telling someone how you feel can be frightening. However, talking to someone is the first step to getting help, staying safe and developing a sense of hope.

With the right support, things can get better.