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Who to ask for help?

  • Talk to someone you trust (perhas a family member, school counsellor or a friend) and ask them to support you in finding help.
  • Talk to your doctor, a school or college counsellor or support services in the area where you live.
  • Contact the emergency services by calling 999
  • Contact one of many support organisations and helplines that will be more than willing to help.
  • Northern Ireland: visit Mind Your Head website for contact details of support organisations in Northern Ireland.

When seeking help, Remember

  • Be truthful about the problem and tell the facts
  • State whether you want your problem to be kept confidential and ask whether the person can do this for you. Some organisations are obliged to report issues such as rape or abuse to the authorities.
  • Often services such as counselling and helplines are overworked and may not be able to help straight away but hang in there and demand to get help.
  • Don't let the cost, location or hours of service put you off. You have a right to help and/or treatment. Remind the doctor/clinic of this.
  • Make sure they LISTEN to you,TREAT YOU with respect and DON'T JUDGE YOU.

If you need to talk to someone right now, then contact one of these organisations for confidential support 24 hours a day, no matter what age you are or where you live.

Samaritans
1850 609090
(Northern Ireland: 08457 909090)
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Web: www.samaritans.org
Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

Childline
FREEPHONE: 1800 66 66 66
Talk to Childline Online
Web: www.childline.ie
Childline is a 24 hour a day service for young people up to 18. Childline offer support to young people through their listening service over the phone and through the website. You can call Childline for a chat to talk about any problems you might have.

If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide or self harm, you should immediately contact your local doctor or go to the A&E department of the nearest hospital. The doctors and hospitals in your area will be listed in the Golden Pages www.goldenpages.ie

More links:

Living with Abuse
Bullying
Useful links for Young People