If you’ve been experiencing difficult feelings, such as being preoccupied by thoughts about taking your own life or feeling as though everyone would be better off without you, it’s important to remember that although you may be scared or confused by how you’re feeling you’re not alone – many people think about suicide at some point in their lives.
The pressures of modern-day life can become too much for some and there’s no shame in admitting that you need help. New Office of National Statistics figures, revealed by the Independent, show that the number of teen suicides across England and Wales climbed by 67 per cent between 2010 and 2017.
And in the last 12 months, 187 people under the age of 19 took their own lives, compared to 162 the year before, representing a rise of 15 per cent.
Suicidal feelings can be overwhelming and it is common to feel as though you’ll never be happy ever again, but if you receive the right support and self-help, you can start to leave these feelings behind and move on with your life.
The earlier you seek help, the sooner you’ll be able to find the right kind of support to help you overcome these feelings. Remember that you deserve this support and that you’re not alone. You could seek help from a Wimbledon counsellor, for example, or talk to your GP as a good starting point. Your doctor will be able to refer you to talking treatments or specialist services.
World Suicide Prevention Day takes place this year on September 10th, an annual awareness raising event encouraging people to start a conversation with anyone they think may be struggling. Now could be the perfect time for you to start a conversation yourself.