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PAPYRUS, the UK charity dedication to the prevention of young suicide, are on The Student Room today (15th May 2019) answering your questions around Mental Health! In line with this years Mental Health Awareness Week theme, you may have questions surrounding body image and how can affect your Mental Health - or you may just want to ask about something else, it's completely up to you.

PAYRUS run HOPELINE, a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone who is concerned about a young person.

Add your question below, and a lovely HOPELINE adviser be answering your questions throughout the day.

This years Mental Health Awareness Week is focusing on Body Image, and how we think and feel about our bodies. For our hub of all the discussions happening around this theme on The Student Room, click here.
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Are there any other ways of contacting the HOPELINE without speaking on the telephone?

I know a lot of people have anxiety around making phone calls, and sometimes it's hard to verbalise your concerns out loud and in real time.
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Can some people not be helped?
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Hi PhoenixFortune,

What a great question!

We know it takes a huge amount of courage to call HOPELINEUK and sometime people prefer to make contact in different ways. Young people who contact our service often tell us that it can be really helpful to write down how they feel and build up the confidence to call us. So as well as calling HOPELINEUK you can also text or email our service. You can find out more about all the ways you can get in touch with us here.

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Are there any other ways of contacting the HOPELINE without speaking on the telephone?

I know a lot of people have anxiety around making phone calls, and sometimes it's hard to verbalise your concerns out loud and in real time.
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Can some people not be helped?
Hi Obolinda

That is a really interesting question.

At PAPYRUS we believe that most suicides are preventable. The sad reality is that many young people have died by suicide. PAPYRUS came about as a charity when a group of parents bereaved by suicide came together to learn from their experiences to help prevent young suicide.

PAPYRUS works to prevent young suicide in lots of different ways; challenging the stigma surrounding suicide, supporting people to have the skills and confidence to talk about suicide and supporting young people who are thinking about suicide connect with life and keep themselves safe.

We believe that if we are able to talk openly about suicide in a sensitive way then it is more likely that a young person who is thinking about suicide will have the courage to talk about how they feel and get the support they need.Thinking about suicide is a common human experience, lots of people feel this way and we know that with the right support at the right time there is a great chance at recovering from and managing these thoughts.

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why did i think of undertale? this is really good!
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what can i do if i am worried about someone else contemplating suicide do i call or email........... because they havent spoken to anyone about it but me.and i am worried for their safety
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what can i do if i am worried about someone else contemplating suicide do i call or email........... because they havent spoken to anyone about it but me.and i am worried for their safety
It sounds like you are really worried about someone you know who might be thinking about suicide, that sounds incredibly tough.
It can be really difficult supporting someone who is thinking about suicide so it is important that you are not on your own with this. If you want some advice about how to support this person then this is what HOPELINEUK is there for.

There is lots of information on our website if you are worried someone with thoughts about suicide which might be helpful for you to have a look at. You mentioned that you are worried for their safety so have a look at our guidance about what to do in an emergency.

I'd encourage you to call HOPELINEUK and a Suicide Prevention Adviser will explore with you how you can help as well as how you can look after yourself during this difficult time.

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sorry, I thought this is an undertale joke thread

might have made a LANCER AMA too, if it truly was an undertale thread

I have no questions, but I'm happy something is being done about suicides
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sorry, I thought this is an undertale joke thread

might have made a LANCER AMA too, if it truly was an undertale thread

I have no questions, but I'm happy something is being done about suicides
Great to have your support TheTroll73

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My friend called the police when another friend tried to kill herself. Is that a good idea?
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Has happened to me before. :yes: it was scary but I guess they were the best to help. :dontknow: they then called the ambulance.
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My friend called the police when another friend tried to kill herself. Is that a good idea?
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My friend called the police when another friend tried to kill herself. Is that a good idea?
It sounds like your friend was really brave and was trying to make sure your other friend was safe.

If you are ever in a situation where you are worried that someone's life might be in danger and they are not able to reach out for their own emergency support then it is absolutely appropriate to contact the police.

For a bit more advice about what to do in an emergency you can look at the guidance we've put together to help in these situations.

HOPELINEUK supports young people up to the age of 35 who are thinking about suicide and anyone who is concerned for them. This means that if you or any of the friends you have mentioned would like some more support you can contact us. Here are our details if you want to get in touch.

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