Suicidal Thoughts / Feelings

Suicidal thoughts can be very overwhelming and it is common to feel as if you'll never be happy or hopeful again. These feelings may build over time or might fluctuate from moment to moment. And it's common to not understand why you feel this way. Suicidal feelings can be triggered by a number of factors, including negative experiences such as a bereavement or relationship breakdown, positive changes such as finishing exams or starting university, and even for no reason at all. 

Living with suicidal thoughts can often feel very isolating and you may be scared of opening up to anyone or be unsure of who to talk to. The best thing you can do right now is talk to someone, whether that is a friend, relative or a medical professional.  The earlier you let someone know how you're feeling, the quicker you'll be able to get support to overcome these feelings.

There are a number of support services available who will be able to help you manage your suicidal thoughts and feelings.

  • Visit your GP.
  • Counselling & Wellbeing Service: Click here for more information
  • If you’re registered with a Birmingham GP then you can access Birmingham Healthy Minds services - quick & easy to sign up here 
  • If you’re registered with a Birmingham GP then you can access Forward Thinking Birmingham, which supports young people aged 0-25 here
  • If you need to access support out-of-hours then you attend your nearest NHS walk-in centre (find your nearest one here)
  • If you’re living in university accommodation, then you can access the Student Mentor Scheme for peer support (Monday-Friday, 4pm-8pm during term-time).

If you don't feel you can keep yourself safe right now, seek immediate help:

  • Go to A&E
  • Call 999

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