Managing Difficult Feelings

Supporting a young person with stress depression or suicidal thoughts

Supporting someone who’s having suicidal thoughts is both physically and emotionally exhausting.

You need to take care of yourself and know where to go for support and advice, make sure you have someone you trust to talk to openly and honestly.  It is important to take any suicidal thoughts or attempts seriously.

We can all feel helpless sometimes in our lives and there may be many reasons for this.  These may be a result of current or past situations but sometimes we have these thoughts and feeling for no reason at all.

Sometimes young people act on impulse ‘the final straw’ so spotting the signs early is important.  Support can help them see things more clearly and realise there are other options out there.  It also allows time for the negative feelings to pass

Wakefield Council can provide you with more information and details of agencies who you can talk to.  View their leaflet on Supporting a young person with suicidal thoughts HERE.

A young person’s guide to managing difficult feelings

If you are a young person living with suicidal thoughts, you may feel that you have so much emotional pain that you can’t see another way to stop these feelings right now.

Thoughts and feelings are very different! But these thoughts do not have to be acted on, try to put some time between these thoughts and any actions, so you are able to get help as there are more positive options and solutions out there. You are not alone. As many as 1 in 4 of us will experience these thoughts at some point in our lives.

Wakefield Council can provide you with more information and details of agencies who you can talk to. View their leaflet on managing difficult feelings HERE.

Who can I talk to?

If you need medical treatment or have a suicide plan and are going to act on it, go immediately to A and E or call 999.

Contact your GP

NHS direct: call free on 111 24 hour helpline providing health advice and access to out of hours GP.


Free, any time, from any phone on 116 123
Text: 07725 909090.
Samaritans have a drop in at the local Wakefield branch.


Free, safe and anonymous online support for 11 to 19 year olds


Online, on the phone anytime on 0800 1111.

Papyrus HopeLine

Offer online text or phone support to young people.

Call 080 068 41 41 or text 07786 209 697 or email:



Their website has resources for children and young people, parents and professionals.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Offers help via the website and a helpline for men aged 15 – 35.

Heads Above the Waves

Online advice, support and coping strategies for young people suffering from depression and self-harm.


A creative site to communicate with other young people and share their encouraging experiences through the use of blogs, stories, poetry and art.


A safe place to listen, share and be heard.

The Mix

Website offers young people under 25 advice and support on a range of issues.

Text 85258 for crisis support, they aim to respond within 10 minutes.

Wakefield Inspiring Futures

Familyline, a free helpline for family members over the age of 18* which offers befriending and counselling support Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm and a text crisis line outside of these hours. Call the helpline now on:
0808 8026666 or text: 07537 404282

Cruse or for bereavement support.


Online instant message service that is confidential and anonymous to support and improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities.

Doc Ready

Helps to prepare people to talk about mental health to the GP.

Well Women

01924 211114

Face to face counselling and support groups available for over 16yrs.

Stay Alive app

App to download from Grassroots Suicide Prevention.

For more information about suicide prevention, please visit

More organisations who can support you with emotional and mental health can be found on our new page.

Wakefield Council Youth Work Team is a subsidiary of WMDC Children and Young People's Directorate (c) Wakefield Council 2013