If you are in distress and struggling with suicidal thoughts, please do not think you are weak or selfish. The most important thing you can do when you are in crisis is to speak to someone. That can be a stranger or someone you know. It is important that you know that you do not have to carry your hurt, physical or mental pain alone. Suicide is not the solution to your situation, no matter how dire you think it is.
You may be feeling afraid, unsure and alone, but help is waiting. Please contact someone now – a friend or family member or a 24/7 helpline such as Pieta House on freephone 1800 247 247 or you can text HELP to 51444.
If someone you know is feeling suicidal and/or self-harming, supports are also available to help you to help them. These can be difficult conversations, but there are trained, experienced people available to support you. Let the person know you care about them and that you want to help. Do not feel that you need to have all the answers and resolve the situation. Experts can signpost the pathways to help and guide you through the process. You can contact Pieta House for advice or support at any time, day or night.