Papyrus are the national charity for the prevention of young suicide, for anyone under the age of 35. The charity is built on the belief that no young person should suffer alone with thoughts or feelings of hopelessness and that, with appropriate support and education, many young suicides can be prevented.
Amongst the many services run by Papyrus, they provide confidential support and suicide intervention through HOPELineUK, a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals, who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to young people affected by mental health problems and those close to them. It is open on weekends from 10am to 10pm, on weekends from 2pm to 10pm and on bank holidays from 2pm to 5pm. This support can also be received by contacting Papyrus via their SMS or email services.
Their website also directs young people towards apps for smartphones that can help to support their wellbeing. These apps include:
HOPELineUK: 0800 068 41 41
SMS: 07786 209697
Stay Alive - this is a suicide prevention app that was designed to help people to stay safe from acting on their thoughts of suicide, and to know where to reach out to for support. It has resources you can use if you need immediate support with your thoughts of suicide, as well as advice and tools to help you to stay safe - such as a safety plan, reasons for living, and a ‘my life box’, where you can put photos of things that you think will strengthen your reasons for living. It also provides information about breathing exercises and grounding techniques for anxiety and overwhelming emotions. There is also a section for those who are worried about a person who they feel may be suicidal.
Self-help Anxiety Management - this is an anxiety-management app that was designed as a tool to help people to identify what triggers their anxious thoughts, and learn how best to manage them. It provides information on techniques that can help with panic attacks and anxiety, including a number of short activities that help the user to slowly build up their anxiety management skills, each taking about 1 to 5 minutes.
Moodometer - this is a mood-tracking app created by the NHS, designed to allow users to better understand how their mood fluctuates over time and what can influence it. It can be helpful in identifying what is happening in the user’s life, and possible triggers that can impact on low mood, whilst providing tips and suggestions that might help to lift mood.
Calm Harm - this is a self-halm prevention app that was designed to help users manage urges to self-harm. It is private and password-protected, and provides suggestions of very brief 5 or 15 minute activities that might be able to help users overcome the urge to self-harm, divided into categories of comfort, distract, express and release. The app also encourages reflection on the intensity and duration of the urge, and can keep track of what activity helped.
Grief Support for Young People - this is a bereavement-support app created by the charity Child Bereavement UK. The app contains information about grief and the feelings that people may experience following a bereavement, and how they might be able to access some further support to cope with these feelings. It also provides a space to write down how the user is feeling, and contains stories and videos from others who have experienced a bereavement.