Self-Harm & Suicide
You are not alone
What is self-harm?
Self-harm is when someone deliberately hurts, cuts or injures him/herself. Self-harm is a communication of deep distress. Any form of self-harm is a call for help and should be taken seriously.
If you self-harm it is very important that you seek help and support. It might seem that nobody understands what you're going through, or that you are alone, but remember there is help available.
Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain. You are not weak, crazy or a bad person 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.
If you are feeling suicidal or want to end your life, it is important that you keep yourself safe. Try to remember that thoughts about taking your life are just thoughts. They do not mean you have to act on them, no matter how overwhelming they are. The most important thing to do if you are having thoughts of suicide is to talk to someone. Reach out to someone who can help. It is okay to ask for help.
What to do to help if you are concerned that someone has thoughts of suicide
Talk to a GP
1850 60 90 90
Suicide Prevention Helpline
1800 742 745
Emergency Services 999/112
1 Life Suicide Helpline
1800 247 100
Light in the Darkness
The National Office for Suicide Prevention
Look After Your Mental Health
Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland
Living With Suicide