I am experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings. Is this something you can help with?

/ Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Yes.  Suicidal thoughts and feelings are very common and a normal human response at times when we feel hopeless or overwhelmed by pain.

As a counsellor I am very comfortable talking about such feelings and I won’t shy away from them or judge you.  My first priority will be to understand exactly what it is you are feeling and whether you might be at any serious risk of harm.  For many clients such feelings come and go and talking about them can be an important aspect of their therapy.

If you are considering taking steps to end your life we will talk in detail about what we might do in order to protect you as well as any actions you might not want me to take.  I believe that people do have the right to choose to take their own life but I will consider, under certain circumstances, breaking confidentiality to protect a client I thought was at imminent risk of serious harm.  This is a complex area and will be different for every single person.

If this is something you would like to talk about but are worried about the consequences of disclosing suicidal tendencies I offer a free, initial consultation where we can talk about this difficult area in a hypothetical manner such that you can make an informed choice about whether you would like to work with me or not.  I am also happy to talk about such matters anonymously over the phone.

If you are reading this and you are in imminent danger of causing serious harm to yourself right now then the Samaritans offer a life-saving, anonymous listening service 24 hours a day.  Just dial 116 123 from the UK.  You can also contact your GP or if you are already at crisis point you can dial 999 or take yourself to your nearest Accident and Emergency department.

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