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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:

For Those Considering Suicide

This video is there for young people who are considering suicide. It contains important messages for young people including; seek support, talk to someone, face the fear, remember that mental illnesses are treatable, and finally, there is hope.

How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal

If you think your friend is suicidal, this video contains tips and information about how to cope. The first thing to do is find a safe and private place to talk about how they are feeling, and encourage them to seek professional help. It’s important to involve their friends and family in this process, as suicides most often occur in a period of recovery. Watch this video for more information about how to help someone who is suicidal.

Why Do People Take Their Own Lives?

Childline talk to Jonny Benjamin MBE about what you can do if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings. It is a sad fact that 3 in 4 suicides are male, and Jonny thinks this is due to men being told to man up and this means they can talk and share their emotions. This video also covers; self harm, talking about your feelings, and opening up about your mental health.

43 Seconds

You have 43 seoncds, you can make a difference. It could be anyone – just the simplest of gestures would 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.

Suicide

Suicide can feel like a really difficult thing to talk about, but every year thousands of young people go through times where they have suicidal thoughts. Not everyone who has thoughts about killing themselves will end up taking their life, but some people will.

Suicide

More than 55,000 suicides occur within the European Union each year, including more than 6,000 in the UK and Ireland. The figure means that there is one death by suicide every two hours, and many more people are thought to attempt suicide.

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.

For Those Considering Suicide

This video is there for young people who are considering suicide. It contains important messages for young people including; seek support, talk to someone, face the fear, remember that mental illnesses are treatable, and finally, there is hope.

How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal

If you think your friend is suicidal, this video contains tips and information about how to cope. The first thing to do is find a safe and private place to talk about how they are feeling, and encourage them to seek professional help. It’s important to involve their friends and family in this process, as suicides most often occur in a period of recovery. Watch this video for more information about how to help someone who is suicidal.

Why Do People Take Their Own Lives?

Childline talk to Jonny Benjamin MBE about what you can do if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings. It is a sad fact that 3 in 4 suicides are male, and Jonny thinks this is due to men being told to man up and this means they can talk and share their emotions. This video also covers; self harm, talking about your feelings, and opening up about your mental health.

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.

Suicide

Suicide can feel like a really difficult thing to talk about, but every year thousands of young people go through times where they have suicidal thoughts. Not everyone who has thoughts about killing themselves will end up taking their life, but some people will.

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.

For Those Considering Suicide

This video is there for young people who are considering suicide. It contains important messages for young people including; seek support, talk to someone, face the fear, remember that mental illnesses are treatable, and finally, there is hope.

How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal

If you think your friend is suicidal, this video contains tips and information about how to cope. The first thing to do is find a safe and private place to talk about how they are feeling, and encourage them to seek professional help. It’s important to involve their friends and family in this process, as suicides most often occur in a period of recovery. Watch this video for more information about how to help someone who is suicidal.

Why Do People Take Their Own Lives?

Childline talk to Jonny Benjamin MBE about what you can do if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings. It is a sad fact that 3 in 4 suicides are male, and Jonny thinks this is due to men being told to man up and this means they can talk and share their emotions. This video also covers; self harm, talking about your feelings, and opening up about your mental health.

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.

Suicide

Suicide can feel like a really difficult thing to talk about, but every year thousands of young people go through times where they have suicidal thoughts. Not everyone who has thoughts about killing themselves will end up taking their life, but some people will.

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.