Are you worried for your child's immediate safety? There are trusted places you can go online to help...if in doubt take your child to your local A&E - trust your gut.
Stay Safe is a website you or your young person can visit for immediate help with suicidal thoughts.
If you or your child are struggling and you’re not sure if you want to live or die, can you, just for now hold off making this decision and keep reading and watching the videos on staying safe for some ideas about how to get through. There may be things that you - and other people - can do to make things better.
They also have downloadable templates to make a safety plan with your child or young person, please visit and take a look.
There are valuable resources at Young Minds for parents, young people and professionals, they also have a parent helpline, please take a look and see what information and support you can access.
Kooth offers safe and anonymous online support for young people aged 11-19 years old:
Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm
Kooth is run by online qualified counsellors. Children are entitled to 12 hours of free online counselling but they also have access to a free messaging service; all messages are read within 24 hours. There are forums which are moderated by professional teams, these are split into age categories to ensure age appropriate discussions. There is also an online magazine and an online journal option. Kooth is funded in Derby City and Derbyshire as well as other areas, please check to see if this service is available in your local area.
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 provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline, HOPELINEUK.
Childline is a free, private and confidential service where children and young people can talk about anything. Whatever their worry, whenever they need help, they're here for them online, on the phone, anytime. Children can chat with a counsellor about anything. It's a 1-2-1 session - so it's just them and Childline. They can give help and support with whatever's worrying your child or young person. This can be done online or over the telephone. Often children can feel happier talking to someone they don't know about their worries, Childline is a safe place for them to do so.
SelfharmUK is a project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm, providing a safe space to talk, ask any questions and be honest about what's going on in their lives. It offers important information on staying safe as well as useful articles for parents and professionals.