I want to kill myself

Thoughts of killing yourself can be complex, frightening and confusing.

We’re not afraid of going into difficult areas with you, and we’ll take you seriously whether you’re having a few thoughts or have made clear plans to end your life.

I want to die. How will talking help me?

We’re experienced in listening to people with suicidal thoughts, feelings and plans and are here to support you:

  • When you’re desperate or on edge, we can help you get through that moment
  • We’ll help you make sense of what you’re feeling
  • We can identify other forms of help if you think you want it.

Am I suicidal?

You might be experiencing some of the following thoughts and feelings:

  • are sure that you want to die
  • desperately want a solution to your nightmare and can’t see any other way out
  • don't care if you live or die and are taking more risks or living recklessly
  • don't actively want to kill yourself but would welcome death if it happened. You might view death as a release or way of taking control
  • don't know why you are having suicidal thoughts and completely powerless to know what to do about it. 

We can talk with you through all of this.

I felt cloudy, confused, detached...I decided I had to contact Samaritans.

Will you stop me killing myself?

We hope that, through talking to us, you’ll get to a place where you see your situation in a different light.

But we respect your freedom to make your own decisions, including the decision to take your own life. We’ll continue to talk with you if you’ve taken action to end your life.

Will you tell anybody I’m suicidal?

We won’t ever tell anyone about our conversation, or even that you called, unless you ask us to. We won't call emergency services, except for in these circumstances:

  • You ask us to, and you’re unable to call for yourself
  • You’ve already told us your address, location or phone number, and then become incoherent or unconscious during the call
  • You’re in one of our branches, and you’ve harmed yourself in a way that puts you in danger at that time.

What if I want you to call an ambulance?

If you tell us that you want an ambulance, we’ll encourage you to call for one yourself as this is the quickest way for you to get help.

But if you’d still like us to do this for you, we can.

Even if you aren't on the point of killing yourself, you can still be going through immense hurt and distress- almost unbearable. Samaritans are fantastic at easing your pain.

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