Record number of children seeking help for suicidal thoughts
More children than ever before are seeking help for suicidal thoughts. Some 8% of Childline’s 295,000 counselling services last year were for youngsters with suicidal thoughts – the highest level the NSPCC’s help and advice service has ever recorded.
Children as young as ten turned to the helpline for advice with around 62 children every day taking part in counselling sessions.
Of the 22,456 counselling sessions for suicide, 2,061 were for youngsters deemed to be ‘actively suicidal’ – meaning they had already done things like written a note, given away meaningful items or planned their death.
The charity said young people were most likely to be counselled about suicidal thoughts and feelings on Monday evenings, and most children confided to counsellors online via the charity’s 1-2-1 chat service, or by email.
Childline founder and president Esther Rantzen said: ‘Today’s tragic statistics prove that Childline is more crucial than ever and, for some, literally a lifeline. ‘When Childline launched over 30 years ago, I remember children usually felt suicidal because they were being hurt by someone. Read More
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