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Young people

If you’re feeling so sad that you can’t see a way out, it’s important that you tell someone how you feel. However bad things seem right now, there is help out there for you.

Feeling suicidal can affect anyone, at any age

Sometimes deep and intense emotions like being really sad or feeling down can feel like too much to handle. You may think that the only way to make these feelings stop is to end your life. But there are other options and things you can do to overcome these difficult feelings.

You’re not alone, suicidal thoughts are far more common that you realise and can happen for lots of reasons. If you’ve been feeling really down, low, angry or sad, please don’t suffer in silence. The first step to getting help is to tell someone how you feel.

You might feel scared or embarrassed to talk about your feelings, but sharing your worries with someone you trust will help you get through hard times. You deserve help and you will find that there is hope.

Who you can speak to

It’s really important that you talk to someone you trust and who will listen like a parent or carer, family member, teacher, or a friend. There are lots of places you can go to if you would prefer to speak to a stranger, like the organisations listed below.


A 24/7 helpline to give children and young people support about anything, including suicidal feelings.


Call the Samaritans on 116 123, they are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


HOPELINEUK is a helpline for young people up to the age of 35 or those concerned for someone. It is open 9am-10pm weekdays and 2-10pm on weekends and bank holidays.


An online counselling platform for young people with an online chat service. It’s open Monday to Friday, 9am to 10pm and 6pm to 10pm on weekends.


If you prefer to talk to someone over text message, Shout offer confidential support 24/7.

Text GMBury to 85258
Text GMBolton to 85258
Text GMManchester to 85258
Text GMOldham to 85258
Text GMRochdale to 85258
Text GMSalford to 85258
Text GMStockport to 85258
Text GMTandG to 85258 (for Tameside)
Text GMTrafford to 85258
Text GMWigan to 85258

The Proud Trust

Support for young people that are LGBTQ+ or questioning. Support includes one-to-one sessions and youth groups

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