Why do I feel like this?
There are many reasons why people think about ending their lives. Some common experiences include:
- Being abused, bullied (physical, emotional or sexual) or excluded
- Significant loss, such as a life partner
- Major life stresses (e.g. a relationship breakdown, legal or financial problems)
- Chronic pain and chronic illness (including mental illness)
- Alcohol and drug use
It might be that you are experiencing a combination of the above in your life and, that is leading you to feel overwhelmed and distressed. You might be feeling so troubled that you are unable to sleep, eat or enjoy anything.
In an emergency
If you are in immediate danger, or concerned for your safety in any way:
- Call 000 and request an ambulance. Stay on the line, speak clearly, and be ready to answer the operator's questions
- Visit your local hospital's emergency department
- Call your local Public Emergency Mental Health Service
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.Get help now
What do I do next?
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 our tip sheet Accessing professional support. There are also things you can do to help yourself when you're feeling distressed or overwhelmed and thinking about hurting yourself or ending your life. Have a read of Helping yourself when you are suicidal for some ideas on what you can do to help yourself.