Suicide: Read This First

double opening quotesStart by considering this statement: ‘Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain.’ That's all it's about. You are not a bad person, or crazy, or weak, or flawed, because you feel suicidal. It doesn't even mean that you really want to die—it only means that you have more pain than you can cope with right now.double closing quotes

If you're thinking about suicide, this article is for you. The author is talking to you gently—not judging you—helping you to sort through your feelings. Please read it.

The page includes links to additional articles on the site, as well as other resources.

Kids Help Line Australia

In Australia call 1800 55 1800 24/7 to get help.

Free, confidential and anonymous counselling for children and young people aged between five and 25. Help is also available online (during certain hours) and via email.

Suicide Call Back Service Australia

Phone 1300 659 437 24 hours 7 days a week for free telephone counselling within Australia.

The Suicide Call Back Service provides crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide.

Teen-Line Ireland

Freephone 1800 833 634 or text HEAR to 51444 within the Republic of Ireland. Open 8 pm to 11 pm every night.

Sometimes we can let things pile on top of us It can be hard to figure a way out Talking may seem scary But it helps when there's someone there to really listen.

It's your call, we're here to listen. Teen-Line Ireland will not refuse calls!

Samaritans UK and Ireland

In the UK call 08457 90 90 90 24/7 In the ROI call 1850 60 90 90 24/7 if you're worried about something, feel upset or confused, or just want to talk to someone.

Confidential non-judgemental emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Help is also available by email, letter, or face to face in most local branches (see the website for locations).


Call 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Pacific Time (310) 855-HOPE (4673) OR (800) TLC-TEEN (852-8336) (toll-free in California only).

TEEN LINE is a confidential telephone helpline for teenaged callers. If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! TEEN LINE also offers email help, online chat, message boards, resources and information.

The TEEN LINE volunteers who answer the calls, emails and chats are Southern California teenagers who have been specially trained. They won't judge you or give advice – their job is to listen to your feelings and help you to clarify your concerns, define the options available to you, and help you make positive decisions. No problem is too small, too large, or too shocking for the TEEN LINE volunteers.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline USA

In the USA call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 24/7. Para obtener asistencia en español llame al 1-888-628-9454 24/7.

This free and confidential service is available to anyone in suicidal crisis. Call for yourself, or someone you care about.

Hope and Recovery: A Suicide Prevention Guide

Believing that education is key, Choices Recovery has provided this guide to understanding and preventing suicide. Includes links to other resources.

Reach Out!

Reach Out! is a web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times. Its aim is to improve young people's mental health and wellbeing by providing support information and referrals in a format that appeals to young people.

The Black Dog Project

A communal web space helping people (especially young people) through tough times by encouraging creative expression, sharing truth, and promoting personal strength and empowerment.

Youth Focus

Western Australian early intervention and prevention service working with young people aged 12 to 18 who are showing early signs associated with depression, self-harm and suicide.

The Black Dog Ireland

A site to support men in Ireland who suffer from depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, drawing on the real-life experiences of sufferers. It is based on the twin beliefs that it is perfectly sane to feel miserable in a crazy society, and that we need to develop new skills to deal with new problems.

SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

SAVE's goal is to “prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma, and serve as a resource for those touched by suicide.” It has excellent information on depression and suicide, and the link between the two.