Many adults will experience feelings of hopelessness or suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives. If you are feeling suicidal, the most important thing is to talk to someone.
If you are going through a difficult time, you may be feeling isolated and disconnected from your friends, family or other groups. It might feel awkward to start a conversation about your feelings, but it's important that you let the people around you know how you are feeling. It's important to remember that people care and will want to help you.
If you don't feel you can talk to friends or family about this, come to see our Student Welfare Team. They will listen to you and help you to access the right support.
What to do if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts
Tips for coping with suicidal feelings:
- Try not to think about the future, just focus on getting through today
- Stay away from any drugs or alcohol
- Go to a safe place like a friend's house or public area
- Be around other people, if possible friends and/or family, or call someone close to you if you cannot physically get to them
- Do something you usually enjoy
Professional suicide support services
If you're feeling very low, you can contact any of the professional support services below for free.
- Berkshire Mental Health Crisis Team - call 0300 365 0300/ 0300 365 9999 (available 24/7)
- Samaritans - call 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (available 24/7)
- Sane Line - call 0300 304 7000 (available 4.30pm - 10.30pm every day)
- Papyrus Hopeline - call 0800 068 4141, text 07786209697 or email email@example.com (available 10am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends and bank holidays)
People do care and will want to listen and help.