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My friend wants to kill themselves

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A friend of mine has started talking to me about how they want to kill themself and how unmotivated they feel to live I’ve tried getting them to reach out for professional help and suggesting things myself to try help them but none of it is getting through to them and I’m not sure what to do about it


Hi there, welcome to Ask Alex. 


Thank you for reaching out to us here at Ask Alex – we are here to help and support you. 


We are sorry to hear that your friend is going through such a hard time, that must be very difficult and scary for you too. Remember, you do not have to support your friend alone. There are people and professionals there to help and support you both. Have you been able to reach out and speak to a trusted adult for help? They would be able to help your friend get the right support.  


If you feel your friend is at risk and needs immediate help, you can contact the Gardaí at  999  or  112; both these numbers are freephone numbers. 


You or your friend can also contact Pieta House ( who offer a free crisis helpline for people with suicide ideation and self-harm on 1800 247 247 or Text HELP to 51444. There is also the Samaritans ( who offer a free phone service on 116 123. 


If you feel like you can’t talk to someone you know, you can always call the Childline Team at 1800 66 66 66 or reach out through Live Chat at There will always be somebody here to talk or chat with you, 24/7, anonymously and without judgment. 


Take care of yourself , and please reach out for support soon,


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