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If you feel like you’re going to act on your suicidal thoughts, call 000 (or 112 from a mobile phone) if you live in Australia. A number of crisis support services are also there for you - have a look at our urgent help page.

If you’re thinking about ways to end your life, you must be feeling completely overwhelmed and hopeless right now. Remember there are things you can do to manage these thoughts, you can start by reading the tips below. And know that there’s always someone you can talk to.

This can help if:

  • you’re seriously considering suicide
  • you can’t think of any other solution to your problems
  • you’re feeling overwhelmed with negative and suicidal thoughts.
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Postpone any decision to end your life

When suicidal thoughts are strong, it may feel like you have to act on your thoughts immediately. It’s really important to postpone the decision to end your life and to remind yourself that these thoughts will pass.

Many people report that by putting off the decision to die, they’re able to get the support they need. People who have experienced suicidal thoughts and have been able to avoid acting on them say that they can now see that postponing their decision to die was the best thing they did.

Keep a list of other things you can do to distract yourself. This might include:

  • watching television
  • playing sport
  • going to the movies
  • ringing a friend
  • going for a walk or a run
  • reading a book
  • listening to music.

Tell someone

Although it may be difficult, and may seem like an even bigger challenge than taking the steps to end your life, reach out to others. Talking to someone you trust can help you to see alternative ways of solving or thinking about the problems or feelings that are overwhelming you. It can also help to remind you that people care about you, and that they wouldn’t be better off without you. It can help you to realise what’s important to you and clarify your reasons for living.

You could tell a family member or friend, teacher, counsellor or any person that you feel comfortable with. If they don't believe you or don't want to listen, keep trying until you find someone who does. Sometimes people don't react well at first because they don't know how to cope. This isn’t your fault, and although it may feel hard, don't give up!

If you find it hard to talk about how you’re feeling, try writing something down for the other person to read.

Call a crisis support line

If you really feel like there is no one you can turn to, call a crisis support line. They’re available 24/7 to listen and offer help.

Make your environment safe

If you’ve been making serious plans for how to end your life, let someone know the details of these plans. Get rid of anything you’ve been thinking about using to harm yourself and avoid going to places where you’ve considered killing yourself. Don’t use any alcohol or drugs, and remove these from your home – they can really cloud your judgement and make you feel worse.

 

What can I do now?

  • Call a crisis support line to talk about how you’re feeling.
  • Download the BeyondNow app and develop a safety plan.
  • Postpone any decision to end your life for 24 hours, and find someone to talk to.