Suicide and self-harm awareness and prevention
You may experience feelings of hopelessness or suicidal thoughts at some point in your life. 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
Suicidal thoughts do always not mean you have a mental health condition – but sharing those thoughts means someone with experience and a good understanding can help to make sure you are supported. Your GP should be the first point of contact for any issues affecting your physical and mental health, including suicidal thoughts. They will also be able to diagnose a state of depression or anything in your lifestyle that may be contributing to how you may be feeling.
If you do not have a GP but need to speak with a doctor urgently, you can call NHS non-emergency number on 111 and they will direct you to the nearest available walk-in centre or doctor’s surgery.
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
The Students Against Depression website has lots of useful guidance and resources if you're feeling anxious, depressed, like you're struggling to go on.
If you are about to harm yourself or have already done so, call 999 as soon as possible or go to Accident and Emergency (A&E) at the nearest hospital.
Worried about a friend? Advice on what to do if you think someone isn't OK.
Professional suicide support services
If you're feeling very low, you can contact any of the professional support services below for free.
People do care and will want to listen and help.