If young people, parents or friends are struggling with wellbeing and need help this holiday season, here are some great services which can help.
Is the young person you are worried about in immediate danger? Please call 999 and ask for the relevant service.
Is the young person at immediate risk of significant harm? You can phone your local Emergency Social Service Duty Team — numbers are available online (simply search Emergency Social Service + your Local Authority).
Worried about the safety of a child? Even if you’re not sure you can discuss it with NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or see https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/report/
Online and phone help with wellbeing for young people and their carers
https://www.childline.org.uk or call 0800 1111. You can talk to Childline about anything. No problem is too big or too small. It’s confidential and you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.
https://www.kooth.com/ Free, safe and anonymous support online for young people daily til 10pm.
You can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone). They can support children and young people as well as adults.
Under 25s can call The Mix on 0808 808 4994 (Sunday-Friday 2pm–11pm) or see details of email or text services at https://www.themix.org.uk/
Under 35 and having suicidal feelings, or concerned about a young person who might be?Call Papyrus HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm), email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07786 209697.
If you or your child identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you can call Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day), email email@example.com or see https://switchboard.lgbt/ Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.
If you’re experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else,you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).
Lots of useful information at https://www.mind.org.uk/ including crisis guidance and quiz-style resources to help identify problems and find the right help.