Why do people think about suicide?
There are a broad range of reasons that might contribute to a young person considering suicide. These can be related to their mood, what has happened in the past, what is happening currently in their lives, how they are coping and how supported and connected they feel. Young people who think about taking their life often believe that nobody cares about them, that they don’t belong and that things are hopeless. They are often exhausted by their distress and unable to think clearly through any other options. They might be so unhappy that they are unable to sleep, eat, or enjoy any part of their life.
Feelings of hopelessness and thoughts of suicide can be much worse following very stressful experiences. These might include a relationship breakup or traumatic life event, feeling totally alone and without any friends or family, grief after the death of someone close, losing a job or failing a big exam. People with conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and substance abuse are more likely to think about suicide.