There are many reasons why people think about suicide. Some common experiences include:
- Significant loss, such as a life partner
- Major life stresses (e.g. a relationship breakdown, legal or financial problems)
- Being abused, bullied (physical, emotional or sexual) or excluded
- Alcohol and drug use
- Chronic pain and chronic illness (including mental illness)
It might be that you are experiencing a number of problems in your life that is leading you to feel overwhelmed and upset. You might be feeling so troubled that you are unable to sleep, eat, or enjoy anything.
Feeling suicidal is itself a painful experience, but it is not something you have to bear alone. Reaching out for help is an important step towards getting the help you need to keep yourself safe.
There are a number of services and professionals available to help you through this difficult time. You can find out more about the range of services available on Suicide: where to get help. There are also things you can do to help yourself when you’re feeling distressed or overwhelmed and thinking about hurting or killing yourself. Have a read of Self help for suicidal feelings for some ideas on what you can do to help yourself.