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World Suicide Prevention Day: Young Carers Guide

Every year, on 10th September, organisations around the world come together to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

We know that, as Young Carers, you may face specific challenges, including stress, pressure from schoolwork, and feelings of loneliness. These sometimes lead to a sense of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts.

As well as this, some of you may need to know where to contact for advice and reassurance when caring for somebody with significant mental illness.

As part of World Suicide Prevention Day, we want to share some of the key resources and services available to you.

However if somebody is in immediate danger of harming themselves or others, you need to call 999.

Crisis Services

Childline- This is a great 24 hour service for all under-19s.

They offer resources, online counselling, peer support, email support, a phone line, and even some games. You need to sign up for the online services, but anyone can call. If you are less than 12 years old, they even have a special website made just for you.

  • Freephone: 0800 1111

Papyrus HOPELINEUK (under-35s) - They have advisors who want to work with you to understand why thoughts of suicide might be present. They also want to provide you with a safe space to talk through anything happening in your life that could be impacting on your or anyone else’s ability to stay safe.

NHS South London and Maudsley NHS Trust - A 24-hour mental health crisis line.

  • Phone: 0800 731 2864 (Option 1)

Samaritans - Free phone line where trained volunteers listen to you and help you talk through your concerns, worries and troubles.

They can call an ambulance on your behalf. Letter writing and email services are also available, for those who don’t need immediate support.

Other Services

CAMHS - Lambeth’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service is run by the NHS. They offer individual and family interventions, psychological therapies, and medication management. You need to be referred to CAMHS by your GP, SENCO, or another organisation. Our team can provide referrals to this service.

OASIS (Outreach & Support) - A health service for young people aged 14-35, who are experiencing psychological distress. Their team includes Psychologists, Doctors and Key workers. Support includes individual and family therapy, medical consultation, and practical support with issues such as housing and finances.

Kooth - Available for Under-25s, with a specialist service for university students. Kooth is a

free online counselling and emotional well-being support service for young people. It offers safe, secure and anonymous support from a professional team of qualified counsellors.

Guide to Emotional wellbeing and mental health - For information about local mental health and wellbeing support for Children and Young People which is available in Lambeth please use this booklet.

The Mix- A service for people aged 13-25, covering lots of subjects. They help with topics like wellbeing and mental health, sexual health, finance worries, and embarrassing questions

  • Phone: 0808 808 4994

  • Crisis text service: text THEMIX to 85258

  • Email form

The Well Centre- An NHS run confidential health hub for 11-20 year olds. Health & Wellbeing Practitioners offer 3 months’ worth of sessions to eligible young people. They support you to identify 1 or 2 goals to work towards and then plan future sessions around these. You can also access counselling and GP services.

Phone: 0208 473 1581

Mosaic LGBT+ - A queer charity for under-18s who identify as LGBTQIA+. They offer a youth club, as well as counselling services, mentoring from older queer people, and activities.

The organisation aims to empower community members, provide essential resources, advocate for young LGBT+ rights, and embrace, promote and endorse the diversity of young persons.

You are not alone. If you feel suicidal please reach out to a friend, family member, teacher, our team, or one of the above services.

Contact the Young Carers Team at or call Lambeth Carers Hub on 020 7501 8972.


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