What to do in a crisis

If you think the young person is in immediate danger, then call Emergency Services on 999 or take them to A&E. See emergency help.

If you are worried your young person might be suicidal, Papyrus offer help and advice to parents on their website and helpline on 0800 068 4141 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends, and 2pm-5pm Bank Holidays. 

Other helplines you can call for support are:

0845 767 8000 6-11pm every day.

116 123 – 24 hours a day.

See Findgetgive for further information.

For more in depth information about responding to crisis see What to do in a crisis (MindEd for families).

Making a crisis plan

There are likely to be moments of crisis from time to time. When a crisis happens, it is much harder to think clearly, so making a plan in advance can help your young person to make decisions and reach out for help in that moment.

See Making a crisis plan for tips on how to do this and a template of a crisis plan for your young person.