If you’re feeling so down that you can’t see a way out, you are not alone. Lots of people have felt like this and – with time and help – managed to get through it. If these those feelings have become very deep and intense, and you don’t know what to do about them, you might think the only solution is to end your life. However bad you are feeling right now, remember there is a lot of help out there for you and such feelings and thoughts can pass.
It can be hard to talk about your feelings. But sharing your worries with someone you trust can help you see your problems in a different way. This may include
- To a family member or trusted adult (school teacher, social worker, family friend)- sharing how you feel can bring huge relief
- To your doctor, who may be able to help you or signpost you to the help you need
- To a helpful advisor - by phoning or texting/messaging a helpline such as the ones given below
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger - The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258. 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.
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) offers support to young men aged 15+ in the UK who are down or in a crisis through webchat. For their helpline contact: Freephone: 0800 58 58 58 (Daily 17:00-midnight)
Samaritans - If you're in distress and need support, you can ring Samaritans for free at any time of the day or night. Freephone (UK and Republic of Ireland): 116 123 (24 hours)
Childline - If you're under 19 you can confidentially speak to a counsellor online or on the phone from 9am – midnight. 0800 1111
The Mix - If you're under 25 you can talk to The Mix for free on the phone, by email or on their webchat. You can also use their phone counselling service, or get more information on support services you might need. Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (13:00-23:00 daily)
Papyrus - PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Papyrus offers confidential support to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide and/or anyone worried about a young person through the helpline HOPELINK. For confidential suicide prevention advice contact: Freephone: 0800 068 4141
Lincolnshire Here4You Line
0800 234 6342
Advice 24 hours a day
Self-referrals are only taken between the hours of 9:30am – 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
You can now ring our Lincolnshire Here4You telephone line to discuss your concerns and worries with a mental health professional. You can also speak to your parent/carer school, Doctor or social worker about how you feel and they can also call this number to talk to a qualified professional about how best to help you.
If you still feel at immediate risk of acting on these thoughts and cannot access the supports on this page, or you require medical attention, you need to attend your local A&E to seek emergency support.