You are not alone: finding help in the face of suicidal thoughts

16 November 2021

Often, when you have suicidal thoughts, you can think “I am alone.”

We absolutely recognise how difficult things may be for you at the moment, and you may feel that things will never change, that you can’t tell anyone one what’s going on inside or that it all feels too much to manage. Please remember that you that you are not alone, you may feel very lonely, but you are not alone.

There are people you can talk to who will listen without judgement.  Below, there are the details of many support services that are there for you.  If you feel able to have a look whilst you are feeling okay it can be useful to store phone/ text numbers into your phone so you can easily access support if you are struggling you could give them a different name (for example store Young Minds Crisis Messenger as YM).  It can also be useful to have the contact information of some 24 hour support such as Young Minds Crisis Messenger and Samaritans.  We would recommend you saving the details of more than one as support times may alter or be busier due to COVID-19.

If you are in crisis and do not feel you are able to stay safe then you can call 999. If you are too distressed to speak and you are on your mobile phone and remain quiet the operator may ask you to cough or tap the phone (so they can make sure the number hasn’t been called by accident). You will then be asked to press 55. This will put you through to their silent solution service. Remember you are NOT in trouble – they are there for you.

If you feel suicidal you can go into the accident and emergency at your local hospital.  If you don’t think you can speak then write down that you are struggling and having suicidal thoughts and just hand over the piece of paper to the receptionist or one of the team.

In the video below, Annie (one of our young people’s counsellors) gives you a great way of working out who is there to help you, 24/7. And below the video, you can find all the links to different organisations able to help you through.


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Young Minds Crisis Messenger is a free text service provides 24/7 crisis support if you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support. It is simple to text them, you could just put something like ‘I am struggling’ and they will message you back.

You can find out more about them here – or text YM to 85258.


Papyrus is a charity dedicated in supporting children and young people under 35 who are having suicidal thoughts. They are open weekdays 9am-10 pm and weekends & Bank Holidays 2pm-10 pm.

Papyrus is also there for you if you are an adult or young person worried about someone experiencing suidical thoughts.

Visit their website, text them on 07860 039967 or ring them on 0800 068 41 41.


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Childline is a charity you can call or chat with.  For the 1-2-1 chat you need to be registered – it only takes a few minutes but it is a good idea to do this when you are feeling okay so you can quickly access it if you are struggling.  Childline is not 24 hours at the moment (this may change). You can chat to a counsellor between 9 am and midnight (you can not join live chat after 10.30 pm).

Find out more here or call them on 0800 1111.


the lowdown - supporting young people

If you live in Northampton The Lowdown runs a crisis cafe once a week for anyone aged 12-18. You do not have to go to the cafe at the moment – you can chat to them remotely as well.

Check out their opening times on their website.

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Another crisis cafe once a week is run by Youthworks in Kettering for anyone aged 12-18.

You can go to the cafe – just ring ahead, or find out more on Twitter. Visit their website or ring on 01536 518 339.


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CAMHS Live is a run by the child and adolescent mental health service in Northamptonshire  and you can live chat with them on weekdays. It is for Young people 13 years and older and parents or carers wanting advice and information about emotional wellbeing and mental health services.

Visit their website to start a live chat with them.

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