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SUICIDE AND SELF-HARM SUPPORT
Suicide is the biggest killer of young people (under the age of 35) in the UK. But most suicides are thought to be preventable. Some people feel afraid to talk about how they are feeling or don't know who to talk to, but there is help available whenever you need it so you should never feel alone. Below are some of the organisations that can help if you are feeling like you want to end your life, or if you are worried about someone you care about. There is also more information on crisis services locally on the following pages:
Young People & Parents and Professionals
The Stop Suicide website has tailored information on coping with suicidal thoughts and helping someone who is suicidal.
CALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Check out the website for further support or Click here for their helpline.
If you are feeling suicidal or you are concerned about someone else, contact your GP or the Samaritans – 116 123. If you are a parent or carer, then the Samaritans also have specific information about how you can help your child if you find out they are struggling.
Papyrus is the national charity for the prevention of young suicides. They have lots of information on their website and a helpline that you can call if you are feeling suicidal (call:0800 068 4141 email:firstname.lastname@example.org SMS:07786 209697).
Self-harm is when someone chooses to inflict pain on themselves in some way. It is a sign of distress and can take many forms. Often self-harm is someone's way of coping with feelings,and is a sign that something is wrong. Self-harm can be dangerous, and it is a sign that there is an underlying problem, therefore you should get help. Below are some organisations that give more information on ways to address self-harm as well as some key services that can help in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. These are also some leaflets that you may find helpful:
Centre 33 leaflet: For parents and carers: For professionals: For all:
Young Minds & The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust have produced a range of resources and films for young people, parents and professionals.
Read stories, ask questions get answers and information on self-harm.
Life Signs provides lots of helpful advice and information about self-harm which is shaped by those that use the site.
The National Self Harm Network has a supportive forum for those that are experiencing self-harm.
Harmless is shaped by the people that use the website, and provides a range of services about self-harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self-harm, their friends and families and professionals.
Recover Your Life offers an open and non-judgemental support community for those who self-harm or are struggling with other mental health problems.
Some people find that doing other things can help to distract from their urge to cause themselves harm. Some ideas of what has worked for other young people can be found below:
Information from the Royal College of Psychiatrists:
The Teen Help Forum has a list of distraction suggestions which you do not need to sign in to access.