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If you are feeling suicidal, there are people you can talk to who want to help: speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust as they may be able to help you calm down and find some breathing space.

Call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123 or go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling.

Contact NHS 111 to make an urgent appointment to see your GP

If you're worried that someone you know may be considering suicide, try to encourage them to talk about how they are feeling. Listening is the best way to help. Try to avoid offering solutions and try not to judge.

Why do some people take their own life?

There's no single reason why someone may try to take their own life, but certain things can increase the risk. A person may be more likely to have suicidal thoughts if they have a mental health condition, such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Misusing alcohol or drugs and having poor job security can also make a person more vulnerable. It's not always possible to prevent suicidal thoughts, but keeping your mind healthy with regular exercise, healthy eating and maintaining friendships can help you cope better with stressful or upsetting situations.

Many people who self-harm don't want to kill themselves. Self-harming can be a kind of "survival strategy", providing a person with a way of coping with overwhelming emotions. However, self-harming is usually a sign that a person needs immediate help and support.
Read about self-harm for more information and advice.'