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People often attempt to commit suicide when they feel they've nothing to live for. Everyone has something to live for. Things change; they get better. Get clued-up on suicide here, including what to do if you're considering it or if a friend tells you they want to die...
Suicide means deliberately ending our own life
Often, they have been feeling stressed or down for some time.
Things like family problems, exam pressure or bullying can make us unhappy.
We feel despair. There seems no way out of our problems. Nobody seems to help. We think we'd rather be dead.
Sometimes there is a 'final straw': We get dumped, fail an exam or feel threatened.
We can get confused and frightened. We may drink alcohol or take drugs. Then we get self destructive.
Suicide is not illegal, but that doesn't mean there are no victims. The impact on our friends and families is devastating and lasts forever.
Helping someone else to end their life is illegal.
This is a very frightening time for both of you.
You don't need to provide the answers - just listen to how they feel.
Avoid joking them out of it, or dismissing this as attention-seeking.
Try to persuade them to get some help. If in doubt, tell an adult. You may (temporarily) lose a mate. But this may stop you (and everyone else) losing them permanently.
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