We know that you may be feeling alone, afraid and unsure of what to do

You might not want to tell anyone that you are feeling suicidal because you’re worried they will be shocked or might not understand.

If you physically injured yourself you would tell someone and ask for help. They would ensure you receive the treatment you need to help you physically recover. By telling a family member or friend how you feel and asking them to contact Pieta House, you are allowing them to help you.

The first step is to call us.

If you don’t feel you can manage this, ask a friend or family member to call on your behalf or for support. We will need to ask you some questions to ensure we are the right service to meet your needs, if so we will arrange an appointment. It can be helpful if a friend or family member comes with you to the first appointment.

Do not worry about your appointment. We will always treat you with dignity and respect. You’ll be welcomed warmly and can have a tea or coffee while waiting for your therapist.

You will need to provide phone contact details of a support person to ensure we have an In Case of Emergency Contact. After the first appointment, we’ll arrange for one of our therapists to start your therapy with you. You’ll see them as soon as possible.

Appointments are usually 50 minutes and are always free of charge.

Some Help & Advice

What can help me to stop feeling this way?

This feeling is temporary. While you may have been feeling this way for a significant time, it too will pass. Be kind to yourself and recognise you are not in a good space right now. Be careful not to punish yourself or berate yourself for feeling like this.

Put in place practical measures to help you such as:

  • Call our 24 hour freephone helpline on 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444*.

  • Discuss with the therapist about booking an appointment at the nearest Pieta centre to you.

  • Ask for help. Call or text a friend/family member, let them know you would like to catch up soon as you’re not in a good headspace

  • Take a small break from your current activity; close your eyes, feel your breath, feel your feet on the ground.

  • Go for a walk; take in your surroundings and observe what is around you.

  • Listen to a meditation podcast or a chilled music playlist for 20 minutes to re-energise

  • Cry without judgement, let yourself feel your emotions so they are free to pass.

Please remember you’re not alone, we’re here to help you.

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Will I ever feel any better?

Yes, while this feeling is intense and all consuming right now; you will feel better in time.

It can be hard to think of a time in the future without feeling this way but with help and support you will be able to have a better outlook on life.

Each person will have a different time scale on their journey to feeling better, some may feel lifted within days, some may take weeks or months. Know that you too will begin to feel better in time.

How can Pieta help me?

If you are in crisis, the helpline team can help you immediately by call or text. Our helpline therapists are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are qualified and experienced therapists here to support you through this difficult time and provide further information about our services.

Once you’ve been in touch with the team and are ready to begin your treatment, Pieta provide up to twelve free counselling sessions with a therapist to help work through your suicidal thoughts. Our model is strength based and solution focused so your assigned therapist will assist you working through the current issues that have led you to feeling this way.

In working with your therapist you will develop skills and find ways to manage your thoughts and feelings so that you find reason for living so suicide is no longer an option for you.

Who should I tell?

Let someone know how you’re currently feeling.

This person could be a friend, family member, team mate, work colleague; someone you trust and feel comfortable speaking with.

If you do not feel comfortable reaching out right now please call our 24 hour freephone helpline to chat this through with Pieta therapists. They can help you through this situation.

You may feel alone, isolated, and desolate right now but reaching out to a person in your network will help you get through this. When someone asks for help it is respected and appreciated just how hard this was and they will want to assist you as best they can.

Will I get through this? Will I find my way out of this?

Yes. You may have been feeling this way for a substantial time, or it may have came upon you quite quickly but in all instances please know you will get through this.

By changing how you think you can change how you feel. Your feelings are temporary and will eventually pass.

With help and support from Pieta, you can start to see a hopeful outlook on life.

For further help and advice see Our FAQ Section. If you are in immediate danger or a medical emergency please call Emergency Services on 112 or 999 now.

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