World Suicide Prevention Day 2022
Saturday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day.
Suicidal feelings can mean having abstract thoughts about ending your life or feeling that people would be better off without you. Or it can mean thinking about methods of suicide or making clear plans to take your own life.
If you are feeling suicidal, you might be scared or confused by these feelings. You may find the feelings overwhelming.
But you are not alone. Many people think about suicide at some point in their lifetime. These experiences can make us more likely to experience mental health problems.
Different people have different experiences of suicidal feelings. You might feel unable to cope with the difficult feelings you are experiencing. You may feel less like you want to die and more like you cannot go on living the life you have.
These feelings may build over time or might change from moment to moment. And it’s common to not understand why you feel this way.
The type of suicidal feelings people have varies person to person, in particular in terms of:
- how intense they are – suicidal feelings are more overwhelming for some people than others. They can build up gradually or be intense from the start. They can be more or less severe at different times and may change quickly.
- how long they last – suicidal feelings sometimes pass quickly, but may still be very intense. They may come and go, or last for a long time.
We know that it can be scary talking to someone about their suicidal feelings, but it really can make a difference. To help you do this, Mind has some help and advice.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts yourself, we’ve got some information you may find helpful, including how you can access treatment and support. And if you feel that your life is at risk, please seek urgent medical help now by calling 999 or going straight to A&E if you can. Mental health emergencies are serious. You’re not wasting anyone’s time.
Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 8th September 2022