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I often imagine myself in hospital

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hi Alex , I often imagine myself in a very weak state in a hospital bed , and I imagine myself struggling to breathe . Sometimes I end up ‘dying’ in my head , and it’s a thought that replays frequently . This has been a thing that i’ve been doing for years now , but the imagery keeps getting more vivid and Im a bit concerned for myself


Hi there, thanks for getting in touch!

Firstly, we want to extend a warm welcome to you. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and share what you’re going through, so thank you for trusting us with your thoughts and feelings. We want you to know that you’re not alone in this, and it’s fantastic that you’re looking for support.

It sounds like you’re experiencing some distressing thoughts and imagery about being in a vulnerable state, particularly in a hospital bed. It’s completely understandable to feel concerned about these thoughts, especially when they become more vivid and frequent over time. It’s important to acknowledge that these thoughts can be overwhelming, but they don’t define you, and you’re not alone in facing them.

It might be helpful to explore why these thoughts are surfacing and how they’re impacting your daily life. Speaking to a trusted adult, like a family member, teacher, or counsellor, can provide valuable support and guidance. Additionally, asking for professional help from a therapist or counsellor who specialises in mental health can offer strategies to cope with these thoughts and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

If at any point you feel unsafe or in immediate danger, don’t hesitate to contact the Garda√≠ at 999 or 112.¬†Your safety and well-being are paramount, and there are people ready to help you through challenging times.

Remember, there are organisations like Aware and Jigsaw that provide support and resources for young people dealing with mental health concerns. You can also reach out to Childline at any time for confidential support and guidance. Our team is available 24/7 via phone at 1800 66 66 66 or through Live Chat at You are never alone, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Take care of yourself, and know that there is hope and help available to you. You’re stronger than you think, and together, we can help you work through your options.

Bye for now,


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