Talking to someone about your suicidal feelings can be very difficult. You may be worried that you will be told to stop overreacting or that such thoughts are a sign of weakness. You might feel embarrassed or ashamed. You might feel that it is easier to keep it to yourself rather than taking the risk of telling someone.
However, if you choose the right person, then talking with them about how you are feeling will usually help.
If you are in immediate danger, or concerned for your safety in any way:
Each of these emergency services teams are specially trained to support people in crisis, including people feeling suicidal, and are able to keep you safe.
It is important to choose someone who you can trust and who you can be honest with. It can be a friend or family member, a doctor, counsellor or someone else in your life who you feel comfortable with.
You can also talk to a counsellor on a helpline such as the Suicide Call Back Service, which is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Be clear and honest with them about all of the things that are troubling you, including your suicidal thoughts and feelings. Begin by talking to someone about what's stressing or upsetting you, let them know how you've been struggling and how you're feeling. Listed below are some ideas to get you started and you can adapt these or use your own words. This is a difficult conversation to start so take your time so you are comfortable and ready.
When talking about your thoughts about wanting to end your life or hurt yourself to a health professional, it is important to let them know whether you have:
Telling a health professional this information is an important part of making sure you get the right support to help you through these stressful times.
Some examples of how you might talk about how you are feeling and the thoughts you are having are:
Talking about suicide is hard, but it is important to get support for yourself at this difficult time. For more information see Accessing professional support and Helping yourself when you are suicidal.