Preventing suicide and self-harm
Suicide is a tragic loss of life, which leaves its own terrible legacy. If you’re in crisis or despair - or you’re worried that someone you know is - help is available. You’re not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.
Recognising potential warning signs
Someone who’s having suicidal thoughts may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want help and support. It can be difficult finding the words to express what they are feeling.
You can find out more about what to do if you think someone might be in need of immediate help at the pages below:
- What to do if you're in crisis or despair (health and well-being section)
- Mental health emergency (health and well-being section)
You can also talk to trained counsellors at any time by contact the crisis helpline Lifeline at:
- phone: 0808 808 8000
- internet: Lifeline website
Avoiding the topic is not the answer. Discussing suicide in an open, non-judgmental, sensitive, discreet and practical way can allow someone in crisis to know that help is available and they are not alone.
More useful links
- Mental health (health and well-being section)
- Your child's mental health (parents section)
- Sensible drinking (health and well-being section)
- Drugs and your child (parents section)
- Encouraging sensible drinking (parents section)
- ChildLine website
- The Samaritans website
- Mind Your Head - Public Health Agency website
- Suicide Prevention Day - World Health Organisation website