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

  • Speak openly about suicide

  • Show you care

  • Listen

  • Encourage a person to get help

  • Contact a GP, the Samaritans or the Emergency Services

  • Contact Console 1life 1800 247 100 – 24 hrs 7 days a week

  • Text 51444 for 1-to-1 support (1 Life Text line)


Useful Contacts


Talk to a GP

Click here to see all local GP contacts



1850 60 90 90


Suicide Prevention Helpline

1800 742 745


Emergency Services 999/112


1 Life Suicide Helpline

1800 247 100


Suicide Aware

Light in the Darkness


The National Office for Suicide Prevention

Look After Your Mental Health


Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland

Living With Suicide