If you can’t your loved ones (friends/families) in person due to social distancing guidance, if you’re able to, try to keep in touch by phone or video. There are several video platforms to try. Just bear in mind any data charges these may incur if you haven’t got unlimited data or a data plan.
- Whatsapp video
- Facebook Video
- Facetime (Apple only)
- Skype video/ Microsoft Teams
- Some people have smart devices in their homes, like Alexa Show – these have options for calling other users.
- Google Duo
Talk to someone you trust
Let family or friends know what’s going on for you. They may be able to offer support and help keep you safe.
There’s no right or wrong way to talk about suicidal feelings – starting the conversation is what’s important.
Who else you can talk to?
If you find it difficult to talk to someone you know, you could:
call a GP – ask for an emergency appointment
call 111 out of hours – they will help you find the support and help you need
contact your mental health crisis team – if you have one
Tips for coping right now
- try not to think about the future – just focus on getting through today
- stay away from drugs and alcohol
- get yourself to a safe place
- do something you usually enjoy, such as spending time with a pet
Worried about someone else?
If you’re worried about someone, try to get them to talk to you. Ask open-ended questions like: “How do you feel about…?”
Do not worry about having the answers. Just listening to what someone has to say and taking it seriously can be more helpful.
See Samaritans’ tips on how to start a difficult conversation.
Rethink also has advice on how to support someone who is having suicidal thoughts