HopelineUK - Prevention of young suicide

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The prevention of child suicide or the multi-agency approach to working with children who self-harm is a circumstance that occurs to our front-line crews on a regular basis, the statistics below show the extent of situation in the UK.

This is often a highly emotional situation for the patients, the patients family and our staff. Following recent multi-agency case reviews, we have been working to improve, and find new ways of approaching the prevention of suicide in young people.  As a result we would like to raise the awareness of HOPELINEUK.

HOPELINEUK is a specialist telephone service provided by trained professionals, these advisors work with patients, patients families and professionals to understand why these thoughts of suicide might be present. They also want to provide a safe space to talk through anything happening in a person’s life that could be impacting on theirs or anyone else’s ability to stay safe.

Suicide is the leading cause of death in 10 – 34 yrs (UK), in 15-19 yrs and the rate is increasing (where others rates are decreasing), self-harm and eating disorders are also a growing problem. Males aged 15 to 19 years are two and a half times more likely to die from suicide than females. Suicide is the cause of 14% of deaths in young people aged 10 – 19 years. Studies indicate a significant gender difference – in that young women attempt suicide four times as often as young men, but around four times as many young men die from suicide as young women do.

Talking about suicidal thoughts does not make suicide more likely. We need to change the fact that suicide is a taboo subject and one we find very difficult to talk about and be able to have conversations about difficult emotional issues, including teenage suicide and self-harming.

Young people are having to cope with the ever-increasing pressures of adolescence – whether this be managing social media and its 24 hour a day impact, online relationships, peer pressures, fragmented family life for some, and the potential to be exploited.

Suicidal thoughts or actions are a sign of extreme distress, not a harmless bid for attention, and should not be ignored.

Who can use HOPELINEUK?

  • Children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide (although no-one would be turned away)
  • Professionals concerned about a young person, requiring specialist advice
  • Anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide.

HopelineUK advisers are all trained to help people focus on staying safe from suicide. Their training enables them to provide advice and support that may help a person to move forward and stay alive.



Call: 0800 068 4141

Text: 07786 209697

Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Opening hours: 10am – 10pm weekdays 2pm – 10pm weekends 2pm – 10pm bank holidays


It is important that if you have any concerns about a young person that has self-harmed or that has suicidal ideation, you should make a Safeguarding Referral via SPOC


Published 3rd January 2019

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