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What can I do if I am thinking about suicide?

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

Who can I ask for help?

FDP sad woman on phoneThere are many people and organisations that can help. Contact the one that is easiest for you.

What happens when I ask for help?

When you ask for help through a support line or service, the person you ask will arrange a medical professional for you to talk to. This might be at a general practice, at the hospital's Emergency Department, or at a psychiatric outpatient clinic.

The medical professional you speak to will ask you lots of questions, about how you are feeling, about your thoughts, and about whether you have made any plans. This is so they can help you. It can be very useful to take along a friend or family member for support, and so they can understand how you are feeling.

Your doctor might suggest you take some medication to help you feel better. Occasionally they might suggest you have a short stay in hospital.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by chief of Psychiatry, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed April 2018. Last updated June 2019.


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