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What is Suicide


Suicide is when someone ends their own life. It’s a very tragic response to difficult situations and feelings. Perhaps most tragic because it is preventable. Thousands of people in the UK end their lives by suicide each year, one in five of us think about suicide in our lifetimes.

Having suicidal thoughts doesn’t mean that someone has a mental illness, but there is a connection between mental ill health and suicidal thoughts.

Suicidal thoughts and feelings can be complex, frightening, confusing and lonely.

Learning about the possible risk factors linked to suicidal thoughts, along with how it can be prevented, may help you save a life. This may be someone else’s, or it may be your own life.

Risk factors


There is no single reason why people die by suicide. People think of suicide for many different reasons. Sociological, economical, psychological and genetic factors can contribute to a person being at greater risk of suicide.

A risk factor might include:

What to say to someone who may be at risk of suicide


If you think that someone may be feeling suicidal, encourage them to talk about how they are feeling. You may feel uncomfortable talking about suicidal feelings. You may not know what to say. This is entirely normal and understandable.

It might help to:

Remember that you don’t need to find an answer, or even to completely understand why they feel the way they do. Listening to what they have to say will at least let them know you care.

If you’re not sure that someone is feeling suicidal, ask:

These questions are direct. It is better to address the person’s feelings directly rather than avoiding the issue. Remember that asking about suicide won’t make it more likely to happen.

Warning signs that someone may be at risk of suicide


A change in someone’s personality and behaviour might be a sign that they are having suicidal thoughts. You may be the best judge of when someone you know is behaving differently.

Changes can include:

There are some indicators that suggest someone is more likely to attempt suicide. These include:

Signs that something is wrong can sometimes be more difficult to spot. Such as a cheeriness which may seem fake to you. Or they may joke about their emotions. Such as saying something quite alarming that is disguised as a joke.

Don’t ignore your gut feeling if you are concerned about someone.

Some people won’t be open about how they are feeling.

A lot of people try to seek help before attempting suicide by telling other people about their feelings. This could be a professional, friend or family member. If someone tells you about how they are feeling don’t ignore them.

What to do if you are at risk of suicide


If you're experiencing suicidal thoughts, seek professional support.

Contact your:

It can be hard to know what to say and how to support somebody who is experiencing suicidal thoughts.

This guide looks at why someone might think about suicide and how you can help them. It also looks at support for you

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It can be hard to know just how to start a conversation about suicide. That’s why Mental Health UK have created this downloadable resource to support you in spotting the warning signs that someone might need help, broaching the topic and giving you tips on what you can do and where you can signpost to for further help

Download the Conversation Guide

Struggling with your Mental Health?


At t2 we have dedicated mental health first aiders Stacy Preston, Emma Pridmore, Craig Woods and Karen Cranfield.

Feel free to contact Stacy on stacy.preston@t2group.co.uk, Emma on Emma.Pridmore@t2group.co.uk, Craig on craig.woods@t2group.co.uk, or Karen on karen.cranfield@t2group.co.uk if you need a confidential chat about anything you are concerned with.

If you feel you need to speak to someone now, please click on the link below

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