Thinking about suicide?

Suicidal feelings can be terrifying, and can leave you feeling really alone.

Thoughts of suicide happen for many reasons. You may feel that life is not worth living and unbearable. Or you may have suffered a loss or life changing circumstances such as relatioship breakdown, loss of a job or money probelms that make you feel like death is the best solution.

You may have reasons for dying but you also have reasons for living. Lots of people have thoughts of suicide but the good news is that there are many organisations really want to support you through this difficult time and help you to resolve whatever it is that has led you to the point of thinking about suicide.

But don’t forget the way you feel right now can happen to anyone.

Are you in immediate danger of taking your own life?

Have you already harmed yourself or taken an overdose? Can you no longer keep yourself safe? Do you have imminent plans for killing yourself? Do you know when and how you will do it?

If you are experiencing any of the above you should take action now. Call 999.

The call is free. Explain what is happening to you. You can stay on the line while you wait for help to arrive.

Do you have a key worker or care plan?

Find your care plan now. Contact the people identified as being your support in times of crisis. Read the section on what helps you when you are in crisis. If you already have a key worker, support worker, Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) or Social Worker you should contact them.

They will already know you and will be best placed to start helping you.

During our lifetime around 1 in 5 of us will have had thoughts of suicide, and approximately 1 in 15 of us will have made a suicide attempt.

Helpline Support

Samaritans – Call 116 123 – There round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


PAPYRUS – Call 0800 068 41 41 – Support line for young people at risk of suicide. Various opening hours.


MindLine Cumbria – Mental health information, guidance and emotional support. Various opening hours.

Useful guides

How to cope with suicidal feelings – This booklet is for anyone experiencing suicidal feelings. It explains what suicidal feelings are, why you might feel that way, how you can help yourself cope right now, and in the long-term.

Useful Websites

Samaritans – Telephone, text, online and in person support for people experiencing suicidal feelings.

PAPYRUS -PAPYRUS is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

MindLine Cumbria – Access to mental health information, local services guide and emotional support.

Mind – Mental health information and support guides.

Local Support

Our Local Support Services Guide contains information about organisations provding a variety of support across the County.

Talking can really help

Choose someone you can share your feelings with, someone you trust. This might be a good friend, a relative or a work mate. Try and choose someone that you feel could help you and will offer you time and understanding.

If you’re finding it hard to find the words, you might want to speak to someone who is trained to listen.

The helplines listed above can help. You don’t have to be suicidal. You can talk to them about whatever’s getting to you, in your own way, and off the record.

Thinking about suicide?

Having thoughts of suicide? Worried about keeping yourself safe? Take action now.

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Worried about someone?

Supporting someone at risk of suicide? Concerned about someones wellbeing?

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Bereaved by suicide?

Information and guidance for people bereaved by suicide and those supporting them.

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