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Head First

Head First is North Yorkshire’s first Mental Health Training Hub; it was developed last year and launched in September 2020. This is part of the wider suicide prevention funding, another wave. We were given the money and were told to do what we wanted with it essentially and as we had already a grassroots prevention programme in place, an idea for post-vention and a specific focus on self-harm already we decided to create a training hub, created a budget around this, and here we are just over half a year in.

The Hub works in different ways – we have a training element both direct training courses but also train the trainer packages. We have a news section which highlights local news relating to mental health and wellbeing and then we have our resources section which has recently been categorised so we have resources for children and young people, adults, schools, post-vention and so on. Training we offer currently includes suicide first aid, MHFA, mental health awareness, assessing for suicide in kids and ASIST. We offer MHFA, SafeTALK and ASIST as train the trainer packages.

Headfirst exists for those struggling directly, for organisations needing to train up trainers, for training providers to promote their courses and for organisations to train up volunteers / employees.



Everymind is a leading Institute dedicated to the prevention of mental ill-health and suicide. We have been delivering successful mental health and suicide prevention programs for over 25 years.


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YoungMinds want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what. For more information visit:


Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – under 35 in the UK. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

Papyrus’s vision is for a society which speaks openly about suicide and has the resources to help young people who may have suicidal thoughts. Papyrus exist to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.






HOPELINEUK advisers want to work with you to understand why these thoughts of suicide might be present. They also want to provide you with a safe space to talk through anything happening in your life that could be impacting on your or anyone else’s ability to stay safe.

  • For children: and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide
  • For anyone: concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide
  • Young People: Our advisers are all trained to help you focus on staying safe from suicide. Their training enables them to provide advice and support that may help you to move forward and stay alive.
  • Concerned Others: If you are concerned that a young person is feeling suicidal, advisors can support you to start a conversation about suicide and explore options of how best to support them.


If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact OPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.

Call: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07786 209 697
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Opening hours:

10am – 10pm weekdays 2pm – 10pm weekends 2pm – 10pm bank holidays

Our Suicide Prevention Advisers are ready to support you.

Support, Equip and Influence

The work Papyrus does centres around three key principles; Support Equip and Influence.

Support: Papyrus provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline, HOPELINEUK.

Equip: Papyrus engages communities and volunteers in suicide prevention projects and deliver training programmes to individuals and groups. This includes equipping local councils, healthcare professionals and school staff with suicide prevention skills.

Influence: Papyrus aims to shape national social policy and make a significant contribution to the local and regional implementation of national suicide prevention strategies wherever we can. Their campaigning comes from their passion as individuals, parents, families and communities who have been touched personally by young suicide. They press for change in many places using hard-hitting and dynamic campaigns as well as presenting evidence to those in power so that lessons can be learned and learning implemented to help save young lives.


The Samaritans are there to help if you’re having a difficult time. They will listen, no judgement, no pressure, and help you work through what’s on your mind. They will not tell you what to do.

They are experienced in listening to people with suicidal thoughts, feelings and plans and are here to support you:

  • when you’re desperate or on edge, they can help you get through that moment
  • they’ll help you make sense of what you’re feeling
  • they can identify other forms of help if you think you want it.

For the Samaritans self-harm myths and facts visit:

Call: 116 123

Visit: www.samaritans.org

Mind are actively work with young people who have been affected by self- harm, aged 11 to 18 who are deemed at highest risk.

Young people are involved in decision-making within the project and have a voice as to influence the way that the project is delivered.

The project offers counselling for young people who are experiencing self- harm, and has proved very successful in helping young people to develop coping skills, and in overcoming feelings of not being in control.

Mind Darlington also deliver workshops to complement the self-harm provision they include:

  • Mental health awareness
  • Body Image
  • Peer Mentors
  • Self Esteem
  • Resilience
  • Exam Anxiety
  • Transition Anxiety

If you or a family member is feeling low and in need of support and assistance, get in touch as follows:

Address: Darlington Mind Ltd (Incorporating Mental Health Support in Hambleton and Richmondshire),
St Hildas House, 11 Borough Road, Darlington. DL1 1SQ. 

Tel: 07572 888084
Email: Ian.Neale@darlingtonmind.com

Website: www.darlingtonmind.com

Stay Alive App


The Stay Alive app is a pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

In addition to the resources, the app includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living, and a life box where you can store photos that are important to you.

Download from Apple Store
Download from Apple Store
Download on Google Play
Download on Google Play
Download the desktop version
Download the desktop version

Carm Harm App


Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice change.

Download on Google Play
Download on Google Play
Download from Apple Store
Download from Apple Store
Hub of Hope
Hub of Hope

Hub of Hope is a mental health database bringing grassroots and national mental health services together in one place. Using the location of web browser or mobile devices, the cloud-based web application allows anyone, anywhere to find the nearest source of support for any mental health issue, from depression and anxiety to PTSD and suicidal thoughts, as well as providing a ‘talk now’ button connecting users directly to the Samaritans.

Visit: hubofhope.co.uk

the goto
the goto

The Go-To are there to help you find the right help and support for you, to help you stay well, whatever is going on in your life.

Visit: www.thegoto.org.uk


Compass Phoenix supports children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health:

They offer one-to-one or group work support for children and young people aged 9-19 (and up to 25 for those with special educational needs or disabilities) who live in North Yorkshire who have been screened as having mild to moderate emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties.

Compass Phoenix’s team of experienced and dedicated practitioners conduct a comprehensive assessment, create a collaboratively agreed SMART care plan and deliver up to six tailored sessions with a child or young person.

Their training and consultation workers deliver free emotional wellbeing and mental health training to schools and colleges. Their popular BUZZbite webinars have been rebranded as ‘Phoenix Features’, and the following new training packages will be available from the autumn term:

Establishing a School Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Policy
Introducing Emotional Wellbeing Measurement Tools
Managing School Refusal
Supporting Children & Young People to Regulate their Emotions & Conduct
Supporting Children and Young People to Cope with Stress & Anxiety

Compass Phoenix also be offer:

• Pupil Wellbeing Champions Package
• Student wellbeing Champions Package
• School Staff Wellbeing Training

Compass Phoenix’s training and consultation workers offer professional consultation to colleagues working in education settings, providing advice, guidance, resources, and signposting in relation to pupil and students emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Finally, BUZZ US, the confidential text messaging service will continue to operate – young people aged 11-18 can text 07520 631 168 for confidential advice, support, and signposting.

Their Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners and Training & Consultation Workers operate right across the county covering all areas including: Craven; Harrogate; Selby; Hambleton and Richmondshire; and Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale.

The service is available Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm and Friday 9am – 4.30pm, although provision may be made outside of these hours based on individual need.

Full details on how to access the service can be found on our website:

Please read more here and visit our Compass Phoenix web page.

For further information please speak to one of our friendly administrators on: 01904 661 916.

Website: https://www.compass-uk.org/services/compass-phoenix/


Offers a range of services including consultancy, conselling and support for individuals and community groups for LGBTQ

Visit: www.mesmac.co.uk

Sendiass North Yorkshire offer:

  • A free, confidential and impartial service, provided at arm’s length from the local authority
  • Information, advice and support relating to special educational needs and disability (SEND) provided by professionally trained Advisers
  • Support through the statutory processes relating to Educational Needs and Education Health, and Care (EHC) needs assessment and planning
  • Practical support to find the answers to your questions in relation to education, health and social care services.

Visit: sendiassnorthyorkshire.co.uk


Child Bereavement UK specialises in supporting children, young people, parents and families with child bereavement. They have produced detailed guide on the loss of a baby or child covering a range of topics such as how you may be feeling, grief and relationships, what might help, looking after yourself, going back to work and further resources.

Visit: www.childbereavementuk.org

Call: 0800 0288840

Anna Freud Centre

Provide reasearch, clinical practice, training and policy development

Visit: www.annafreud.org

Boing Boing Resilience Research and Practice

Boingboing aims to model and promote resilience research and practice that challenges social inequalities, in pursuit of a loving, fun and fair world where individuals from all walks of life are valued and respected. They are a community of individuals of all ages, in paid, volunteer and student roles who aim to co-design, co-produce and co-deliver everything we do.


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