Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Counselling and Disability Service

Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings

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You may be consulting this page because you are considering suicide or because you are worrying about a friend who seems to be considering suicide.

The Counselling Service advises most strongly that anyone contemplating suicide seek assistance at the earliest possible time. We would never want to minimise the problems that lead individuals to contemplate ending their lives - often they are problems of great severity which carry with them deep feelings of shame, loneliness and hopelessness. However, most research and anecdotal experience of carers suggest that the despairing thought which make a person feel that the only way to resolve the problem is by suicide is not the only thought. This Service has worked with many students while they are actively contemplating suicide or who have done so in the past - almost invariably when the crisis is past they express relief that they have not acted on their suicidal intentions.

The problems that lead to suicidal thinking are too complex and varied to address here - although some pointers may be found on our other pages. However what we can do is give clear guidance to immediate sources of help.

Immediate help

During working hours

Out of working hours

Helping a friend


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Counselling Service

01509 222148

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Contact when the Counselling Service is closed:

Loughborough Nightline (For students only)

01509 227650

EVERY Monday, Wednesday & Friday during University Term Time - 20.00hrs - 08.00hrs

NHS Direct



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Leicestershire Focusline

24 hour support service for people & carers experiencing mental distress

0800 027 2127

Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI)

Nearest A&E for urgent medical and psychiatric help

Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency