Keeping Safe During Suicidal Thinking

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

There are other solutions.

When you feel suicidal, make a promise to yourself.

Tell yourself I will:

  • Call friend /family

Name________________ Phone number_____________________

  • Call GP

Name________________ Phone number_____________________

  • Remember that when I feel suicidal my brain is lying to me and making things seem worse than they are. Do not isolate myself. Talk to someone.
  • Remember to take any prescribed medications and stick with my treatment plan.
  • Have someone take away my car keys and anything I could use to hurt myself.
  • Stay away from alcohol and illegal drugs. Only take correct dosage of prescribed medication.
  • Go to hospital if necessary.
  • Remember that my life is valuable and worthwhile, even if it doesn’t feel that way right now.

You don’t have to feel this way.

You can cope with suicidal thoughts and feelings. They are not your fault. Don’t give in. Don’t lose hope. There is help.


Confidential Helplines:        LIFELINE: 0808 808 8000

                                                SAMARITANS: 028 90664422 or 0845 790 9090

                                                CHILDLINE: 0800 1111


Audio Clips

Container Exercise

Relax and Calm with Light Stream Technique

Calm/Safe Place Imagery

Diaphragmatic Breathing or Belly Breathing

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

4 Elements for Stress Reduction

Calm and Ground with Butterfly Hug