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Suicide prevention

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If you or someone you know is considering acting on suicidal thoughts and needs help, phone the Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508‑828‑865 (available 24/7), Lifeline 0800‑543‑354 or txt 4357 (available 24/7) or your local mental health crisis team:

Suicidal feelings are frightening and overwhelming. But many people have suicidal thoughts and get better with help.

You may think that no one cares about you and that things are hopeless. You may feel exhausted and like you just can't think clearly. You might not be able to eat, sleep or enjoy the things you used to enjoy.

It might not feel like it right now, but there are other options. There are people who understand and want very much to help. Although it can be hard, it's VERY important that you ask for help.

There are several things you can do if you're having suicidal thoughts.

Getting help

There are many people and organisations that can help. Contact the one that's easiest for you.

Different cultures

Different cultures have different views about suicide. You can read information that's relevant to your culture and background.

On the next page: Suicide warning signs

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by chief of Psychiatry, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed October 2020.


Page reference: 272032

Review key: HISUH-48714