Feeling like there’s no way through or out?
Lost all hope of things getting better?
Wondering if the people you care about would be better off without you?
Do you just want the pain to stop?
Make your next step a step towards talking to someone about how you feel. There is always more than one option and talking to someone might just help you to discover or face those options.
Feeling suicidal? Who can you talk to?
Do you have a friend or family member you can reach out to?
How about your GP?
Seeing a counsellor could be a great longer term support for addressing underlying issues contributing to suicidal thoughts and feelings. Click here for guidance on finding the right counsellor.
24 hour crisis support
There are also a number of 24/7 emotional support charities out there. Most allow you to contact them anonymously:
116 123 – 24/7 confidential, free phone.
Jo@samaritans.com – confidential email service. Emails generally receive a response within 24 hours.
You can also visit your nearest Samaritans branch for free, face to face emotional support. Click here for the Canterbury and District opening hours.
Text ‘Shout’ to 85258 for 24/7 emotional crisis support by text.
Kent County Council mental health support service including a 24 hour support line and links to Mental Health Matters we chat, along with other mental health support services and links.
Why the picture of a labyrinth?
Although they may look ominous, labyrinths are not mazes, they are not inended to get you lost. There is only one path. The same path that takes you in, leads you to the centre where you can pause and notice before putting one foot in front of the other and making your way out again.
How to draw your own labyrinth
Following a finger labyrinth can be relaxing and meditative. It can help ground you and get you out of a threat response (fight, flight, freeze or comply). You can download free printable labyrinths online.
You can also draw your own. There are simple and more complex versions to choose from. This WikiHow page gives instructions for both.
Want to walk a labyrinth?
The ancient symbols can be found across the world. We are fortunate to have one near to Faversham at The Quiet View in Kingston, near Canterbury. Contact them to arrange a visit and walk the labyrinth. Labyrinth experience days can also be booked.