Suicidal feelings and thoughts
A small number of children and young people experiencing low mood or depression may feel hopless and think that life is not worth living.
These feelings will usually have built up incrementally over time or in reaction to specific events.
Many things can prompt suicidal feelings and thoughts. These can include children and young people who:
- are living with mental ill health, like anxiety or depression
- are experiencing abuse
- are being bullied and being a bully (with a personal history of victimisation)
- are experiencing complex grief
- have very low self-worth
- live with complex family issues (such as parental disputes, neglect, hostile and chaotic home environments)