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Suicide Prevention Resources for Young People

Important Notice. The HeadStart Support and Guidance site is not designed to support young people in a crisis situation. The resources below may be helpful, but if you or a friend or family member are experiencing suicidal thoughts right now, please seek help immediately: click here for information on what to do.

Here are the resources we found for suicide prevention for young people:

Hannah Dains – Don’t Kill Yourself Today

Hannah Dains presents an emotional spoken word poem about why you shouldn’t kill yourself today. There are a million reasons to be alive and she lists just some of them. This poem was created in order to give hope to young people who may be going through a rough patch. If you are feeling down, depressed or like there is nothing to live for, listen to her poem and realise there is so much to live for.

Suicide: How My Failed Attempts Became My Biggest Success – Shraddha Shankar

Shraddha Shankar is an undergraduate student who has suffered from mental illness for the majority of her life and has survived 13 suicide attempts over the course of her adolescence. In a powerful talk at TEDxUIUC, she shares her story with the public for the first time, where she shares the struggles she faced growing up with a severe mental disorder and her secret to finally finding recovery.

Things Guys Don’t Talk About

There are lots of things guys don’t talk about but if you’re having suicidal thoughts, it’s important to tell someone. it can be tough to talk but you’re not alone and there is help to get you through it.

Coping with Suicidal Feelings – Somewhere New

Coping with suicidal feelings is never easy but there’s always a way to get through. Muscle relaxation, breathing, tai chi, writing yourself reminders that a day is only a day. There is always something that you can do.

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Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

(Featured resource)Depression can be treated – talking about it is the first step. Teachers, doctors, employers, university staff are all reached by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust as they are people who can spot when someone might be in trouble. The training provided by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust gives them the confidence to open a conversation and give vital first-line support. They also talk to young people and their families and give them to tools they need to stay mentally well.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

Papyrus UK

Papyrus UK is a national charity for the prevention of young suicide. Papyrus UK believe that with appropriate support and education, many young suicides can be prevented. They deliver awareness and prevention training, provide confidential support and suicide intervention through HOPELineUK, campaign and influence national policy, and empower young people to lead suicide prevention activities in their own communities.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone who is Suicidal

A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. People who take their lives don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject. But talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.

Suicidal Feelings

Suicide – when someone intentionally takes their own life – is a very complex issue. People feel suicidal for a variety of reasons including; life has become too difficult or hopeless due to life events or mental illness, or they are experiencing intrusive thoughts or hearing voices. This webpage from Time to Change explains suicidal feelings and answers some common questions you might have about suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Coping with Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings

This page on the childline website focusses on the issue of suicidal thoughts and aims to provide a combination of tips and information to those that are in need and suffering with this issue.

App / online service

Stay Alive App

This free app Grassroots Suicide Prevention offers help and support, both to people with thoughts of suicide and people who are concerned about someone else. Key parts of the app include: quick access to UK national crisis support helpline, a mini safety plan, a LifeBox where users can upload photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive and so much more.

Big White Wall

Big White Wall is an online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programmes, creative outlets and a community that care. When you’re dealing with everyday stressors or major life events, the peer support will help you get through it.

I feel suicidal

Your life is precious, however you may not see it at this time. The tools in this message from Zumos will help to take the weight from your mind and the information contained will show you how to move ahead to a brilliant future. There are a lot of people that would like to support you right now.

Audio

“Take a Minute, Change a Life” – a podcast for World Suicide Prevention Day

(Featured resource)In this HeadStart podcast, our panel, which includes young people and national expert Dr. Pooky Knightsmith, discuss a range of issues related to how adults and organisations can support young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or at risk of doing so.

Download

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Hannah Dains – Don’t Kill Yourself Today

Hannah Dains presents an emotional spoken word poem about why you shouldn’t kill yourself today. There are a million reasons to be alive and she lists just some of them. This poem was created in order to give hope to young people who may be going through a rough patch. If you are feeling down, depressed or like there is nothing to live for, listen to her poem and realise there is so much to live for.

Suicide: How My Failed Attempts Became My Biggest Success – Shraddha Shankar

Shraddha Shankar is an undergraduate student who has suffered from mental illness for the majority of her life and has survived 13 suicide attempts over the course of her adolescence. In a powerful talk at TEDxUIUC, she shares her story with the public for the first time, where she shares the struggles she faced growing up with a severe mental disorder and her secret to finally finding recovery.

Things Guys Don’t Talk About

There are lots of things guys don’t talk about but if you’re having suicidal thoughts, it’s important to tell someone. it can be tough to talk but you’re not alone and there is help to get you through it.

Organisation View all organisations

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

(Featured resource)Depression can be treated – talking about it is the first step. Teachers, doctors, employers, university staff are all reached by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust as they are people who can spot when someone might be in trouble. The training provided by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust gives them the confidence to open a conversation and give vital first-line support. They also talk to young people and their families and give them to tools they need to stay mentally well.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone who is Suicidal

A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. People who take their lives don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject. But talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.

Suicidal Feelings

Suicide – when someone intentionally takes their own life – is a very complex issue. People feel suicidal for a variety of reasons including; life has become too difficult or hopeless due to life events or mental illness, or they are experiencing intrusive thoughts or hearing voices. This webpage from Time to Change explains suicidal feelings and answers some common questions you might have about suicidal thoughts and feelings.

App / online service

Stay Alive App

This free app Grassroots Suicide Prevention offers help and support, both to people with thoughts of suicide and people who are concerned about someone else. Key parts of the app include: quick access to UK national crisis support helpline, a mini safety plan, a LifeBox where users can upload photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive and so much more.

Big White Wall

Big White Wall is an online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programmes, creative outlets and a community that care. When you’re dealing with everyday stressors or major life events, the peer support will help you get through it.

Audio

“Take a Minute, Change a Life” – a podcast for World Suicide Prevention Day

(Featured resource)In this HeadStart podcast, our panel, which includes young people and national expert Dr. Pooky Knightsmith, discuss a range of issues related to how adults and organisations can support young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or at risk of doing so.

Download

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Hannah Dains – Don’t Kill Yourself Today

Hannah Dains presents an emotional spoken word poem about why you shouldn’t kill yourself today. There are a million reasons to be alive and she lists just some of them. This poem was created in order to give hope to young people who may be going through a rough patch. If you are feeling down, depressed or like there is nothing to live for, listen to her poem and realise there is so much to live for.

Suicide: How My Failed Attempts Became My Biggest Success – Shraddha Shankar

Shraddha Shankar is an undergraduate student who has suffered from mental illness for the majority of her life and has survived 13 suicide attempts over the course of her adolescence. In a powerful talk at TEDxUIUC, she shares her story with the public for the first time, where she shares the struggles she faced growing up with a severe mental disorder and her secret to finally finding recovery.

Things Guys Don’t Talk About

There are lots of things guys don’t talk about but if you’re having suicidal thoughts, it’s important to tell someone. it can be tough to talk but you’re not alone and there is help to get you through it.

I feel suicidal

Your life is precious, however you may not see it at this time. The tools in this message from Zumos will help to take the weight from your mind and the information contained will show you how to move ahead to a brilliant future. There are a lot of people that would like to support you right now.

Organisation View all organisations

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

(Featured resource)Depression can be treated – talking about it is the first step. Teachers, doctors, employers, university staff are all reached by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust as they are people who can spot when someone might be in trouble. The training provided by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust gives them the confidence to open a conversation and give vital first-line support. They also talk to young people and their families and give them to tools they need to stay mentally well.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

Audio

“Take a Minute, Change a Life” – a podcast for World Suicide Prevention Day

(Featured resource)In this HeadStart podcast, our panel, which includes young people and national expert Dr. Pooky Knightsmith, discuss a range of issues related to how adults and organisations can support young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or at risk of doing so.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone who is Suicidal

A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. People who take their lives don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject. But talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.

Suicidal Feelings

Suicide – when someone intentionally takes their own life – is a very complex issue. People feel suicidal for a variety of reasons including; life has become too difficult or hopeless due to life events or mental illness, or they are experiencing intrusive thoughts or hearing voices. This webpage from Time to Change explains suicidal feelings and answers some common questions you might have about suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Download

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

App / online service

Stay Alive App

This free app Grassroots Suicide Prevention offers help and support, both to people with thoughts of suicide and people who are concerned about someone else. Key parts of the app include: quick access to UK national crisis support helpline, a mini safety plan, a LifeBox where users can upload photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive and so much more.

Big White Wall

Big White Wall is an online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programmes, creative outlets and a community that care. When you’re dealing with everyday stressors or major life events, the peer support will help you get through it.