Suicide: Signs & Advice

Suicide is a very complicated issue and problems are often expertly concealed making it extremely difficult to help somebody.

The mild embarrassment of raising the subject of suicide is likely to outweigh the potential repercussions. While headlines might make you think suicide is extremely common, it is actually very rare and someone who you are concerned about is more likely to be depressed, anxious or simply having a bad few days.

While these must be taken within context, here are some signs provided by the samaritans that someone might be at risk of suicide:

– lacking energy or appearing particularly tired
– appearing more tearful
– not wanting to talk or be with people
– not wanting to do things they usually enjoy
– a change in routine, such as sleeping or eating more or less than normal
– using alcohol or drugs to cope with feelings
– finding it hard to cope with everyday things
– appearing restless and agitated
– not liking or taking care of themselves or feeling they doesn’t matter
– being un-typically clumsy or accident prone
– becoming withdrawn or losing touch with friends and family

If you have any concerns there are many places to turn, here are just a few:

Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90 – 24/7/365 Confidential helpline

Get Connected -0808 808 4994 or text 80849 – Free confidential help for under 25’s

Calm – 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm-midnight – Help and support for young men aged 15-35 on issues which include depression and suicide

Papyrus – 0800 068 41 41 or text 07786 20969 – Confidential Young Suicide Prevention Advice