We are a charity devoted to stopping teenagers and young people from taking their own lives


Please note, we are not a support service. If you or someone you know needs support or is in crisis, contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or [email protected], CALM 0800 58 58 58, or PAPYRUS 0800 068 41 41.


PAPYRUS draw from the experience of many who have been touched personally by young suicide across the UK and speak on their behalf in our campaigns and in our endeavours to save young lives. They believe that with appropriate support and education, many young suicides can be prevented.

PAPYRUS deliver awareness and prevention training, provide confidential support and suicide intervention through HOPELineUK, campaign and influence national policy, and empower young people to lead suicide prevention activities in their own communities.


XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. KOOTH, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

Health for Teens

Health for Teens introduces a new and different way for young people aged 11-19 to learn about their health.

Health for Teens, has won the Association for Healthcare Communications and Marketing (AHCM) ‘best website’ award in November 2015, and features bite-sized information on a comprehensive range of physical and emotional health topics, from healthy eating and body image to managing stress and advice on relationships, puberty and sexuality.

SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide)

SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) have grown to become the only national charity providing dedicated support to adults who have been bereaved by suicide. We currently have around 150 volunteers across the UK who help to run our services – and we continue to grow. Our volunteers come from all walks of life but nearly all have been touched by suicide themselves, this experience enables them to connect with others.

We have a small national support team in our office in Ilkeston, Derbyshire who provide support to our volunteers and who manage our operations. Our team of trustees meet regularly, providing leadership and governance to our charity. Our patrons are ambassadors for our organisation and they work to raise our profile and bring support to our organisation.

The Campaign Against Living Miserably, or CALM

THE Campaign Against Living Miserably, or CALM, is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. In 2014, male suicide accounts for 76% of all suicides and is the single biggest cause of death in men under 45 in the UK

We want to forge partnerships within music, entertainment, sports and comedy to help us with our promotion and advertising, as well as potential brand partners who can help underpin our campaign. By using music and entertainment to promote our message we create a brand that is attractive to our audience and potential supporters. In return we get a fantastic amount of pro-bono support from talented creative agencies and individuals who collectively help us raise awareness of the issue and our social message.

The Samaritans

Samaritans are available round the clock, every single day of the year.

They support anyone who needs them through 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Their service can help people before it's too late.

Samaritans reach out and work with schools, colleges and universities, workplaces, health and welfare services, homeless shelters, prisons and other charities. Samaritans also promote awareness of our service at local social venues, community events and music festivals.

Hector's House

Hector took his own life on 20th April 2011.

Hector's family and friends would do ANYTHING to have him back and would have done anything, to keep him with us, if only we had known how he was feeling.

Hectors House - Sometimes when people are in crisis they feel that others would be better off without them. this is not true. There is nothing that is so bad that it can't be sorted out. We are here to help you. There are links on this site to people who really care and who don't want you to complete suicide.


ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything -no problem is too big or too small. Call free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email.

This page has a list of some of the most common questions people have asked us about contacting ChildLine.

Hertfordshire Mind Network

Hertfordshire Mind Network is the largest charitable provider of mental health services in Hertfordshire, in terms of the number of services offered and individuals supported each year.

Mind are a locally-focussed and independent charity, yet we also benefit from being an affiliate of the national charity Mind. We have an active presence in nine of Hertfordshire's 10 districts with physical bases (known as Wellbeing Centres) in Broxbourne, Dacorum, East Herts, Hertsmere, Three Rivers, Watford and satellite services in North Herts, Stevenage and Welwyn & Hatfield.

Youth Talk

Youth Talk was founded by a local GP in 1997 after she realised there was a need for a safe place where young people could come for counselling and support. Since then, over 2100 young people have used the service. Each year around 190 young people are seen and up to 50 sessions offered each week.

The service is available to 13 – 25 year olds who live, work or attend school/college in the District of St Albans. We work on a self-referral only basis, so promoting personal responsibility. We are based in a town house just off the High Street and provide a secure, warm and non-stigmatising environment. All our counsellors are qualified therapists and highly experienced in working with young people. Youth Talk has a National award for innovation and an award for services to the community.

Living Works

The world leader in suicide intervention training

Our interactive, practical workshops support suicide prevention initiatives all over the world. Virtually anyone can learn the skills to save a life, and more than 1,000,000 people have attended since 1983. With a variety of workshops to suit all needs, there is a program for everyone who wants to help.

Forward For Life

Forward For Life operates with the core belief that although there are many challenges that exist across and within our communities, solutions to these challenges are also to be found across and within our communities.

With an overall goal of supporting communities to be Suicide Safer, we adopt forward thinking approaches to reduce inequalities and promote opportunities for enhanced well-being and improved quality of life – We believe this is both an achievable expectation across all our communities and the right of each and every individual within.

Our approach achieves both indirect and direct benefits for our communities, and with this in mind, we ensure that our partners, our associates and others' working alongside us have the same core belief.

The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC)

The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC) is an alliance of the leading charities dealing with suicide prevention and mental health issues.

The TASC website is an educational and resource hub. We do not provide direct services. For more information about our members and their work, please see individual core members and advisors.

999 55

There is a misunderstanding that police will always attend when a silent Telephone 999 call is received - this is not correct.

When you call Telephone 999 in the UK, your call is answered by a BT or Cable & Wireless emergency operator, who will direct your call to the most appropriate emergency service.

If the caller does not respond to the operator to indicate which service they require, they will be transferred to the automated Silent Solutions system. This uses a voice message to ask the caller to confirm they require an emergency service by pressing the digit ‘5’ on their phone twice.

If the caller presses the digit ‘5’ twice they will be transferred to the originating emergency operator and the call will be dealt with as normal with enquiries made to try and find the caller.

Police will not automatically have details of where you are – particularly for mobile phones - so we can’t automatically send police to your location.


Herts Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

If you are experiencing mental health problems and need help please speak to your GP (family doctor). They will discuss the issues you are facing and refer you to our services, if appropriate.

For mild to moderate mental health issues our Wellbeing Service offers short term support to people with mild to moderate mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Referrals are made via your GP or you can self refer

For urgent help or if you need to speak to someone call our Single Point of Access (SPA) Tel: 0300 777 0707 from 8am - 7pm Email: [email protected]

Alternatively, call our Out of Hours Helpline Tel: 01438 843322

If you are already receiving support from us and need help please contact your care co-ordinator on the number provided to you or if you need help in the evening, weekend or bank holiday call our Out of Hours Helpline Tel: 01438 843322

Most referrals to our services are made by GPs


Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are delivered across the whole of Hertfordshire.

The service treats emotional and behavioural problems in children and adolescents. Emotional problems include depression, anxiety and phobias. Behavioural problems include extreme aggression at home and school, delinquency and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).

Other serious issues can be anorexia, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder.

About 10% of all children at one time have a serious problem that is affecting their school, family or social life. There are about 250,000 children and adolescents (under 18s) in Hertfordshire.

We offer Child and Adolescent services throughout the county, through our community-based Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team and the Primary Care Liaison Service. We also offer consultations, assessments and interventions to looked after children and their care networks.

Our head office is at The Colonnades, Beaconsfield Road, Hatfield. AL10 8YE and our main phone number is (01707) 253900

How to Book onto our Trainings

safeTALK and ASIST are the two OLLIE Foundation suicide intervention training programmes, both of which have one vital purpose: to help people save lives.

safeTALK is a half day suicide intervention training session to help people identify signs of someone contemplating suicide.

ASIST is a two day certified suicide intervention training workshop to help professionals spot the warning signs of suicidal thoughts. If you would like to discuss any aspects of our training, then please contact us at The OLLIE Foundation or call 07966 332354

Hertfordshire Wellbeing Service

The Wellbeing Service is an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service, part of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. They deliver psychological therapies to those over the age of 16 years, registered with a GP in Hertfordshire. They offer free, confidential talking therapy and practical support for people experiencing a wide range of very common emotional difficulties such as, anxiety, worry, low mood, depression and stress.

Anyone Learning The Skills Of Suicide Alertness And Safe Suicide Intervention Has A Skill, Quite Literally, For Life.
Wendy Henrys, safeTALK Trainer