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2 August 2021

Suicidal thoughts

Several factors can put a person at risk for attempting suicide:

  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  •  History of depression or other mental illness
  •  Alcohol or drug abuse
  •  Family history of suicide or violence
  • Physical illness
  •  Feeling alone

Any change in someone’s life can trigger or increase the risk:

  • An accident or illness resulting in a change of lifestyle
  • Someone you know having taken their own life
  • Financial problems
  • Family problems
  • Little or no hope for the future
  • Recent experience of failure or rejection
  • A change in carer or family situation
  • Difficulty accessing help
  • Substance misuse
  • Significant debilitating health issues (particularly chronic pain / terminal illness)
  • Losing one’s home
  • Social, cultural or religious isolation


It can also be useful to pinpoint the following signs that may indicate someone is suicidal.

  • Self-neglect or not eating
  • Withdrawal from the company of others and/or refusal to see visitors or support workers
  • Decrease in participation in work, education or association
  • Sudden marked changes in mood or behaviour, acting out of character
  • Lack of motivation
  • Tidying up affairs/giving away possessions

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above or is having suicidal thoughts and would like further information or support please contact the Samaritans who offer confidential and non-judgemental support 24 hours a day.

Telephone: 116 123

We also offer telephone counselling to anyone experiencing emotional distress.

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Racing Welfare’s 24 hour support line enables people to access support and
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