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Why do I want to die?

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Why do I want to die


Hello, and welcome to Ask Pat.     

Thank you so much for sending us a message. We know it’s not always easy to talk about feelings or difficult things that have happened but we also know how great it is for young people to share their problems. Talking about and sharing what is going on for you is a brave step forward.  

You are saying that you want to die. At Childline we would be very concerned about anyone saying that they feel this way. It sounds like there may be a lot going on for you but remember, you have the right to get the help and support you need. 

Maybe something has happened to you recently or maybe you have been feeling like wanting to die for a while. Have you spoken to anyone else about what you are going through and how you are feeling? We know that talking to someone about our experiences, worries and concerns can be tough but we also know the importance of talking to someone we trust. Speaking to a trusted adult such as a parent, aunt/uncle or school guidance counsellor might help you explore these feelings a little bit more and they may even help you find new ways of coping with the thoughts that you are having.  If you ever fear you may be in immediate danger of hurting yourself, we strongly suggest you speak with your GP or present yourself at your nearest A&E. 

If you are not yet ready to talk to someone you know quite yet, we would really encourage you to reach out to Childline to talk through how you are feeling. Childline is here twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and the services are free and confidential. Childline will listen to you, focus on you and can help you to go through the options for support that are available to you. You can contact us through our telephone service on 1800 66 66 66, through our text service on 50101, or by webchat through our website www. We also have an article on our website that might be useful:     

It sounds like you are going through a very tough time, but you have taken a big step in reaching out for help and we hope that you have found this response helpful. Hopefully we will hear from you again soon   

Take care of yourself,  



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