Support for under 18s

We know that suicide affects everyone in the family and community, regardless of their age and we all need the right support.  If you are under 18, there are some excellent organisations who you can talk to and seek support from.

We are sorry but you cannot use our services if you are under 18, even if you are accompanied by someone older, as we do not have the appropriate qualifications or insurance.  We strongly encourage you to get in touch with one of the organisations below.

If you are an adult caring for a young adult or child who has been bereaved by suicide, take a look at supporting children and young adults for more information.


Organisations who can help you if you are under 18:

Papyrus – the national UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. They have a confidential helpline (0800 068 41 41) or you can email them ( or text them 07786 209697

CALM – the Campaign Against Living Miserably exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.   They use young men’s peers, their voices and interests to reach them and their materials and communications are created by young men.  You can call or text their helpline – see their site for details depending on your location.

under 18’s support – part of Cruse Bereavement Care, this site is designed by young people for young people and includes an interactive section.   If you are a young person you can send a private message to one of their trained volunteers at who will reply to you by email.  If you want to talk to someone direct, you can call their FREE phone helpline on 0808 808 1677.  Cruse also offer support to adults caring for bereaved children or young adults.

Winstons Wish – the leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved families in the UK.  They have specialist expertise in supporting children bereaved by suicide and they also have a site for young people.

Grief Encounter Grief Encounter is a leading UK bereavement charity, offering free, professional support to bereaved children, young people and their families. Our qualified team offer face-face and online therapeutic services, including grieftalk, our national, free helpline, open weekdays, 9am – 9pm which can be reached on 0808 802 0111 or via  We also offer best practice bereavement training and support to schools, professionals and organisations.

Samaritans – if you are under 18, you can still talk confidentially to the Samaritans .  They won’t tell you what to do, they will listen and try to understand what you’re going through.  Their number is 116 123 (UK) or look at their site for other ways to contact them.

Step by Step is a Samaritans service that provides practical support to help schools prepare for and recover from a suspected or attempted suicide.

Childline – Childline is a private and confidential service for children and young people up
to the age of nineteen. You can contact a Childline counsellor about anything  – no problem is too big or too small. Call them free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat  online or send an email.

If U Care Share – If U Care Share Foundation are a charity promoting emotional well being in young people & supporting families affected by suicide.

Child Bereavement UK – supports families and educates professionals when a child dies or is dying or when a child is facing bereavement.  Young people can contact them confidentially by phone on 0800 02 888 40 or email them.

Richmond’s Hope supporting Children from the age of 4 to 18 who have suffered a bereavement. Referrals can be made by contacting 0141 230 6123.  email