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How do I tell my parents I'm suicidal?

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How do I tell my parents Im suicidal 


Hi, and welcome to Ask Alex. 

Thank you so much for trusting us with your thoughts. It can be hard to open up to others about our emotions and it is normal to feel awkward talking about our challenges, worries and concerns. Taking the first step when it comes to speaking about our problems is usually the hardest part; you have taken this first step by reaching out to us today and that’s very brave of you. 

We are concerned that you have suicidal thoughts, but you are moving in a good direction in thinking about telling your parents. We understand that this can be a scary thing to do. It is very important that you discuss what you are experiencing with a trusted adult in your life. If you feel more able to talk to someone else before your parents, consider an older sibling or cousin, an aunt/ uncle, teacher, or coach.  Perhaps you’d like to write down how you feel and show the trusted adult, as this can sometimes be an easier way to get your feelings out. 

It is important for your mental well-being that you get the help and support that you deserve, and your parents may be able to help you get this. You do have the right to medical advice and to seek support from a counsellor. There are organisations that can support you such as Jigsaw ( Their website may help you understand what is going on for you or you may find a way to avail of their support services. The Childline website has a section of helpful articles at This article on asking for help may be useful: -to-do/ . If you feel like you are ever in immediate danger of harming yourself (or any other dangerous situation), you can ring the Emergency Services on  999  or  112  and they will keep you safe from harm. These calls are free from any mobile or landline. 

If you feel that you are not ready yet to talk to someone in your own life, you would be very welcome to give us a call at Childline on 1800 66 66 66 or you could text us on 50101 or contact us online for a web chat at  All of our services are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, are free, confidential and are a space for you to talk about your thoughts and feelings without being judged in any way.     

 Thank you for getting in touch with us today.  We are here to help if you have any other questions.    

Take care,     


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