1: When you are in school one place that always has its doors open is your school Guidance office and guidance staff . All schools have guidance teachers - however if you cannot find your guidance teacher you can always approach another teacher that you trust. If you are unable to get in touch with your teachers or guidance office maybe because it’s the summer holidays, remember you can always approach your youth workers, if you go along to youth groups, and they will offer you the same help.
2: Another person you can approach is your trusted adult - this can be a teacher, youth worker, relative, family friend or friend. Decide now who your trusted adult is- who you feel safe talking to and who you trust to help and support you.
3: As we have said above, you can approach your friends as your friends usually know what’s going on in your life and can help you decide how to approach situations. They can support you to find the right person and even go along with you to see someone who can help.
4: You could approach a relative. Do you have that one relative that you can talk to about problems or even just like to have a chat with? It might be an auntie, uncle, cousin or even your mum, dad, your grandparents; as long as you talk to your family, they will always be there to help you out.
5: You can find a lot of organisations to help and support you through your local authority- North Ayrshire. This could be contacting your youth workers , but your local authority also has a lot more contacts such as social workers and occupational health practitioners or people who can offer advice on money and housing. As long as you have a need they should always be able to help you out.
To get in touch, visit: www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/contact-us/general-enquiries.aspx
6: You can speak to your doctor or another health professional especially if things are overwhelming you. You can make an emergency appointment or a routine appointment at your doctor to be seen. They can talk things through with you and look at the best options for you. They may be able to refer you onto counselling or other organisations that can help.
7: ChildLine - ChildLine is yours; a free, private and confidential support service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. They are there for you online, on the phone, anytime.
Their phone number is 0800 1111
If you want to see their page and access support through their online chatroom, this is the link www.childline.org.uk
8: Samaritans - Samaritans are there for people when you need, which could be any time of day or night.
“Every six seconds, somebody contacts us. Ten times a minute, we can help someone turn their life around. That’s a privilege, and a huge responsibility” “People talk to us for as long as they like, as many times as they like. We don't rush, interrupt or push anyone out of the door. We let people lead the conversation at their own pace. There are no waiting lists, and no assessments.”
Their phone number is 116 123 (UK) and their website is www.samaritans.org
9: Breathing Space - A free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. The website also has information and help for anyone feeling low or if you are trying to help and support someone .
Phone them on 0800 83 85 97 (Mon-Thurs 6pm to 2am/ Fri 6pm-Mon 6am)
Or visit www.breathingspace.scot
10: Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicides)- Papyrus aim is to provide a society which speaks openly about suicide and has the resources to help young people who may have suicidal thoughts.
You can call them on 0800 068 41 41
You can also text them on 07786209697
You can email them on email@example.com
And their website is https://papyrus-uk.org/
Opening hours are 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends, and 2pm-10pm Bank Holidays
11: Mind for better Mental Health - This charity has information about different types of problems and mental illness for you or your family or your friend.
“We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.” this charity has information about different types of problems and mental illness for you or your family or your friend.
Their website is www.mind.org.uk
12: Scotland’s Association for Mental Health (SAMH) - Around since 1923, SAMH currently operates over 60 services in communities across Scotland providing mental health social care support, homelessness, addictions and employment services, among others.
Their phone number is: 0141 530 1000, opening times 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and you can email them if you don’t want to talk on firstname.lastname@example.org
Their website has information about their “Going to be” campaign for young people as well as their “See Me” campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness: www.samh.org.uk/
13: Young Minds – This organisation is for young people and has loads of advice and information about how you are feeling and your mental health . “We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.”
They have a website www.youngminds.org.uk.
They also have a parent’s helpline: 0808 802 5544