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  • 7,000 people in the UK take their own life each year
  • 90% of people who die by suicide have a mental health condition at the time of their death
  • For young menSuicide is the leading cause of death

What is suicide?

Suicide is the act of intentionally ending your own life. 

There are many different factors that can lead to suicidal feelings, but certain things can increase the risk. Mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia can make a person more likely to have suicidal thoughts. However other factors like loss, isolation, physical or sexual abuse, debt, poor job security, and misuse of alcohol or drugs also make a person more at risk.

Many people who experience suicidal thoughts describe being overwhelmed by negative emotions and feeling like ending their life is the only way out. However, by talking to someone and getting the support necessary it is possible to find a way forward and other options.

Need help?

If you're having thoughts about taking your own life, it's important that you ask someone for help. It might be very hard for you to see at this time, but you're not alone and you’re not beyond help. You can find more information and advice on the NHS Choices website.

If you're having a mental health emergency or feeling suicidal visit our urgent advice resource, and contact a service organisation that will be able to help.

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