Child and adolescent mental health
Helplines for children and young people who are feeling suicidal
Open all day everyday
Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, we’re here for you online, on the phone, anytime.
For all children and young people up to the age of 18.
2pm-10pm weekends & bank holidays
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Their vision is for a society which speaks openly about suicide and has the resources to help young people who may have suicidal thoughts. They run a helpline, HOPELINEUK for children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide.
HOPELINEUK advisers want to work with you to understand why these thoughts of suicide might be present. They also want to provide you with a safe space to talk through anything happening in your life that could be impacting on your or anyone else’s ability to stay safe.
The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. They won't judge your or tell you what to do, we'll listen to you.
Open all day everyday
Crisis Messenger - 85258
Crisis Messenger is a free. confidential 24/7 mental health service for those in crisis. In crisis does not necessarily mean you are feeling suicidal. It’s any painful emotion for which you need support. To use the service send a text to 85258 with the name of the service as given below as your first message. A trained volunteer (who provides support, but not medical advice) will then reply to you within 5 minutes and introduce themselves. You’ll then text back and forth with them. You never have to share anything you don’t want to, but they will help you sort through your feelings by asking questions, empathising, and actively listening. The conversation will continue until you are in a calm, safe place.
The Mix aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer in less than five minutes to provide crisis help. They will listen to you and help you think more clearly, enabling you to know that you can take the next step to feeling better. The trained volunteer will introduce themselves, reflect on what you’ve said, and invite you to share at your own pace. You’ll text back and forth, only sharing what you feel comfortable with. By asking questions, listening to you and responding with support, they will help you sort through your feelings until you both feel you are now in a calm, safe place.
If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis, you can text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger for free, 24/7 support. They aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer promptly to provide crisis help. They will listen to you and help you think more clearly, enabling you to know that you can take the next step to feeling better.share how you’re feeling. You’ll text each other, only sharing what you feel comfortable with. By asking questions, listening to you and responding with support, they will help you think through your feelings until you both feel you are now in a calm, safe place. You might be signposted to other services, so that you can continue to get support.