Child Mental Health

 

World Suicide Prevention Day is an important reminder that everyone can make a difference to others who have reached the point of wanting to end their lives.

A short conversation with another person can sometimes be enough to make a difference.

The acronym ‘WAIT’ is one good way to remember how you can support another person who may be suicidal. It stands for:

Watch out for signs of distress and uncharacteristic behaviour
e.g. social withdrawal, excessive quietness, irritability, uncharacteristic outburst, talking about death or suicide

Ask “are you having suicidal thoughts?”
Asking about suicide does not encourage it, nor does it lead a person to start thinking about it; in fact it may help prevent it, and can start a potentially life-saving conversation

It will pass. Assure your loved one that, with help, their suicidal feelings will pass with time

Talk to others. Encourage your loved one to seek help from a GP or health professional

Don't forget to look after your own wellbeing after having a difficult conversation. You can call Samaritans for free, at any time (24/7) on 116 123. They are there to listen to you. You can also email jo@samaritans.org

If you yourself are feeling like ending your life, please call 999 or go to A&E and ask for the contact of the nearest crisis resolution team. These are teams of mental health care professionals who work with people in severe distress.

Suicide Prevention

If you Need Help with Child Mental Health

Local Help

Your GP
They will be able to provide help and advice. Your GP can also provide access to appropriate specialist services and local organisations.

Call 111
You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

NHS Mental Health Services
Find local mental health services on the NHS website. http://www.nhs.uk

Local organisations
They provide a range of services including support groups, help lines and information. Details can be obtained from your GP, your local library, or the internet.

National Help

Childline Free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday.
Tel: 0800 1111  https://www.childline.org.uk

Mind-Infoline Offers advice and support to service users; has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help. Tel: 0300 123 3393, text number: 86463  http://www.mind.org.uk

SANE Provides practical help, emotional support and specialist information for people aged 16 and over with mental health problems, their family, friends and carers. Tel: 0300 304 7000  www.sane.org.uk

Supportline Confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.
Tel: 01708 765200  www.supportline.org.uk

Beat Provides helplines, self-help groups and online support to anyone affected by eating disorders. www.b-eat.co.uk
Helpline: 0808 801 0677 (Tel)
Youthline: 0808 801 0711 (Tel)
Studentline: 0808 801 0811 (Tel)

The Samaritans The Samaritans provide a confidential service for people in despair and who feel suicidal.
Tel: 116 123  www.samaritans.org.uk

NSPCC Provides helplines and information on child abuse, child protection and safeguarding children.
Tel: 0808 800 5000  https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

YoungMinds has a Parent Helpline that offers free confidential telephone and email support to any adult worried about the wellbeing of a child or young person. Tel: 0808 802 5544  http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents

Youth Wellbeing Directory Helps you find support for mental health and wellbeing of young people up to age 25 across the UK.  https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/youth-wellbeing/

HaveIGotAProblem.com Free resource about mental health and addiction issues. It has advice and documents on issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, bipolar, eating disorders and coping.  http://www.haveigotaproblem.com/

Helplines partnership Provides a comprehensive list of mental health helplines in the UK.  https://helplines.org/helplines/

Mental Health Foundation This website offers a wide range of information about mental health issues.
http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Health Talk Online Aims to provide balanced information about the experience of everyday life with a range of health conditions and issues, what to expect both physically and mentally, overcoming practical difficulties, making decisions about treatment and talking to health professionals.  http://www.healthtalk.org/

YouthinMind is an online resource for information about mental health and offers brief assessments. It also provides links to other useful books, websites and services. http://youthinmind.info/py/yiminfo/