Suicidal Thinking and Suicide

 

You may be reading this page because you are considering suicide or having thoughts about suicide or because you are worried about a friend who seems to be considering suicide.
We would strongly advise and encourage anyone contemplating suicide or experiencing distressing thoughts about suicide to tell someone as soon as they can.

Many people who experience suicidal thoughts feel very alone, hopeless and ashamed to admit to anyone that this is how they are feeling. They feel that there is no way out of the negative thoughts. This is something we understand and hope that students feel that they can reach out to the Student Counselling Service for help and support.

Helping Myself

  • If you are feeling suicidal or experiencing continued thoughts about suicide or self harm, try and seek out help - its okay to express these feelings and thoughts to someone at the Student Counselling Service.
  • Dont hide or ignore your feelings - help is here for you - dont feel embarrased or ashamed of reaching out for support.
  • If you are extremely worried out your welfare it is important to make contact with the Student Counselling Service or the  Student Health Service

During working Hours contact:

Student Counselling Service

DIT Student Health Centre

 

Out of working Hours:

The Student Health Centre number will pot you in contact with the local out-of-hourds medical service.

The Samaritans can be contacted here at any time. Their service is entirely confidential. Text 0872609090, email jo@samaritans.org, or see www.samaritans.org

Hospitals with 24 hr. casualty services -St Vincents University Hospital, The Mater Hospital,Beaumont Hospital, St James Hospital

 

Helping a Friend

If a friend of yours is in distress, talking about harming themselves or talking about suicide, we would encourage you to try and get them to seek help.

  • Never ignore and underestimate their distress or their intent to harm themselves. Ask them to tell you more about how they are feeling and what they intend to do. Dont worry - talking about suicide does not make a person want to do it more.
  •  Try and get them to hear that it is okay to talk about how they are feeling and remind them that they are not on their own. Tell them that you will help them to get help. Involve others as soon as you can - do not promise to keep it a secret.
  • If they have been drinking or have taken drugs or prescribed medication take extra precaution - if needed involve the emergency services.
  • Seek Help. If they persist threatening suicide or refuse to involve any of the sources of help you have suggested you can tell them that you are contacting the emergency services and their parents/ family.

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