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Suicide

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Introduction
Suicide is the act of intentionally ending your life.
Why people attempt suicide
Despite being a leading cause of death, both in England and worldwide, there is little hard evidence to explain why some people attempt suicide.
Warning signs of suicide
Sometimes, there may be obvious signs that someone is at risk of attempting suicide, although this is not always the case.
Getting help
If you have had suicidal thoughts recently, or if you are feeling suicidal now, contact someone for help.
Offering support to someone who's feeling suicidal
One of the best things you can do if you think someone may be feeling suicidal is to encourage them to talk about their feelings and to listen to what they say.
Improving your mental health
It is impossible to guarantee you will never get a mental health condition, but you can take steps to improve your mental health.
See what the doctor sees with Map of Medicine
See what your doctor sees, find out what is happening with your Suicide treatment and what the next steps might be.