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I have been diagnosed with schizophreniform disorder

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I want to kill myself as life has become unbearable. I have no home no money and have been diagnosed with schizophreniform disorder My family wont help me with housing The only thing open to me is to live on the street. Since I got out of hospital I have lost my home and am couch surfing. There is no hope for me. Can you help me? 


Hello, and welcome to Ask Pat.  

Thank you for contacting us. We understand that it’s not always easy to look for support, but we know how important it is for young people to talk about their feelings. You’ve said that you want to kill yourself as life has become unbearable, that you have no home, no money and have been diagnosed with schizophreniform disorder. It sounds like there is a lot going on for you at the moment, but you’ve taken a really brave step by contacting us.  

We want you to know that you have the right to live in a safe place and to have people to look after and protect you. You also have the right to get help and support. You do not have to face all of this on your own.    

We are really concerned about what you have told us about your current living situation and your mental well-being. Have you ever spoken to a social worker? If you would like to, you can contact Túsla the Child and Family Agency. Their job is to make sure all children and young people in Ireland are safe and looked after. You can find more information about how Túsla can help you on the Changing Futures website which was created for young people by young people with experience of Túsla services: You will see how to get in touch with Túsla here: and you can find information about other services that may be helpful here:  

Pieta House is another service which you may like to contact. They support young people who are feeling suicidal: You may also find it helpful to read this article on Suicide on the Childline website:  

If you are ever in immediate danger or harm, you can contact the emergency services on 999 or 112 from any mobile or landline, free of charge.   

At Childline we would love to listen to you about your situation and how you are feeling. Childline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone on 1800 66 66 66 or text on 50101 or webchat at . This service is free, confidential and non-judgemental and we could help you look at the options that are available to you should you need more help.  

Take care,  



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