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If you are having a mental health crisis and don’t think you can cope, talk to someone immediately. Make sure you are not on your own.
You can also phone 0808 196 3779, the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Crisis Line, 24/7.
SHOUT is a free, confidential, anonymous text support service for anyone struggling to cope, available 24/7. Text NOTTS to 85258.

I am having thoughts about suicide...

If you are feeling down and can see no way out, if you are thinking about killing yourself, remember there is help out there for you. Lots of people have felt like this and have been able to access help and support.

Talk to someone as soon as possible and let them know how you are feeling. If you don’t want to talk to someone you know, there are lots of helplines you can phone or text – Check out our Get Help Now links on this page.

You are not alone.

These are some warning signs that you might be having suicidal thoughts:

  • Always talking or thinking about death
  • Deep depression and sadness
  • Losing interest in daily life
  • Having increasing trouble sleeping and eating
  • Feeling helpless or worthless
  • Self harming
  • Feeling angry and that things can't change

Has someone you know died by suicide?

When someone dies by suicide, it can be very upsetting and confusing. Remember, it is not your fault. Talk to someone you trust and let them know you are struggling. If you don’t want to talk to someone you know, there are lots of helplines you can phone or text – Check out our Get Help Now links on this page.

What if a friend has shared suicidal thoughts with you?

Here are our tips for if a friend has shared suicidal thoughts with you:

  • You can really help by just being there, listening and giving support
  • Be open and honest. If you are worried about your friend’s safety you should tell an adult. Let your friend know that you are going to do this and you are doing it because you care about them
  • Encourage your friend to get help. You can go with your friend or tell someone that they want to know about it
  • Get information from telephone helplines, websites, etc. This can help you understand what your friend is experiencing
  • Your friendship may be changed by the problem. You may feel bad that you can’t help your friend enough or guilty if you have had to tell other people. These feelings are common and don’t mean that you have done something wrong or not done enough
  • Your friend may get angry with you or tell you that you don’t understand. It is important to try not to take this personally. Often, when people are feeling bad about themselves, they get angry with the people they are closest to
  • It can be difficult to look after someone who is having difficulties. It is important for you to talk to an adult who can support you. You may not always be able to be there for your friend, and that’s okay


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Here are some related mental health topics

Self Harm

Self-harm, or self-injury, describes a wide range of things people deliberately do to themselves that appear to cause some kind of physical hurt. It can be very hard for parents and carers to know about - or witness - self-harming behaviour in their children.

Depression or Low Mood

Everyone has ups and downs. Sometimes you might feel a bit low, for lots of different reasons. People may say that they are feeling depressed when they are feeling down, but this does not always mean that they have depression.

Self-Care for Mental Health

It’s OK not to be OK.

Just like our physical fitness, we need to look after our mental health to feel good. When you’re not feeling OK, it’s OK to talk about this and ask for help.

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Bullying is repeated behaviour intended to hurt someone emotionally or physically. Bullying is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.

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Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Everyone gets anxious now and then and anxiety is actually your body giving you a message that you are not safe.