Young people’s Mental Health

Urgent Help for Young people

Papyrus is a UK charity for young people’s suicide prevention and promoting mental health wellbeing.

They are open 9am – 12am every day

Call 0800 068 4141 email: Text – 07860 039967

Text YM to 85258.

Shout provides free, 24/7 text support for young people across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis.

All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.

Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

Texts can be anonymous, but if the volunteer believes you are at immediate risk of harm, they may share your details with people who can provide support.

Opening times:24/7

Further Mental Health support

Mental Health UK have excellent animated videos on different topics for young people such as STRESS, DEALING WITH SOCIAL PRESSURES AND CURIOSITY The videos are suitable for 14-18 yrs

Health for Teens is a way for young people aged 11-19 to learn about their health in new and interactive ways.

Young Minds is a mental health site for young people to help them look after their mental health. It has advice and information especially if you are struggling with your feelings.

Easy Read

An easy read resource for people who find written information difficult to understand.

Mental Health – What does it mean to me?


Papyrus – prevention of young suicide.

One in four young people may experience thoughts of suicide at any one time – that’s a lot of people.

Anyone can feel suicidal and it can be for any reason.

Many people who contact HOPELINEUK tell us they feel suicidal because they feel isolated and alone; because something has happened which feels too overwhelming; because being alive feels too hard; or maybe because they feel trapped and unable to escape from a situation.

Suicidal thoughts can occur even if life feels like it’s going well. This can lead to feelings of guilt; especially if you compare yourself to others who you imagine have it worse than you.

Some people feel suicidal if they’re dying or if someone they know is dying. Others may feel suicidal if they struggle with chronic pain, physical health problems, mental health problems or spiritual problems.

Life experiences can also lead to feeling suicidal. Abuse, assault, a job loss, money worries, addiction, bullying, bereavement and sexuality worries might be struggles which lead someone to think about suicide.

When we feel like this, or when things happen we feel unable to cope with, suicide can start to feel like the only option to escape. If you are finding it hard to talk to anyone about how you are struggling, or you are feeling hopeless about getting help, thoughts of suicide might be harder to experience.

Struggling with your mental health can also make it more difficult for you to cope with everyday things too, which can leave you feeling even more trapped or hopeless. We want to reassure you that help is available and that with the right help and support you can start to feel more hopeful and in control of your life.

What’s important to know is that whatever the reasons are for you feeling suicidal, your reasons are significant and valid. Whatever it is that is troubling you, it is making you think about dying, therefore you deserve to be listened to and supported.












Everyone wants you to stay safe and not hurt yourself when you have very sad thoughts and feelings.

One in twenty people feel suicidal every year, so you are not alone.

Additional support

A guide for parents and carers about early help, also called early intervention – local authority support for children and families facing emerging challenges or difficulties not supported by other mental health or social services.

Guide to early help and early intervention services