Useful websites and services
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If you are in crisis, feeling suicidal or having thoughts of self harm I recommended
1- Contact your GP. You can find out where your GP is located here:
2- There are a number of phone lines and websites that can help:
Samaritans on 116 123 for 24-hour confidential emotional support
Shout text service on 85258 for 24-hour support
Childline on 0800 11 11 for 24-hour support to children and young people up to 18 years old.
If you are based outside the UK, you can find local help via Befrienders Worldwide
3- If you need further help, go to your nearest A&E and ask to be seen by the duty psychiatrist, who will be able to assess you and give you appropriate help. You can find out where your nearest A&E is located here
4- If you are concerned about an immediate risk and you don't feel safe or able to follow the steps above, then phone 999 and ask for the police or ambulance service.
Other support and useful information
Support for people at risk of harm:
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline (24 hours) – to report or discuss concerns about a child’s welfare phone: 0808 800 5000, textphone: 0800 056 0566 or email: email@example.com
Women's Aid - National charity supporting women and children experiencing domestic abuse
National Domestic Violence Helpline – free 24 hour helpline 0808 2000 247
Online safety information:
CEOP - Child Expolitation Online Protection works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children on online safety.
NSPCC Safe Networks – a joint NSPCC, Children England and the Child Accident Prevention Trust initiative and produces a wide range of resources. www.safenetwork.org.uk
Get Safe Online – Easy to understand information on online safety
Support for young people:
Youngminds - Advice and advocacy for young people and parents on mental health and wellbeing
The Mix - Advice and information for young people from YouthNet, a charity supporting young people
The Songwriting Charity - UK charity empowering young people's wellbeing through collaborative songwriting
Coram Children’s Legal Centre – free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals, as well as training and consultancy on child law and children’s rights.
Other support and useful information:
Mind - Advice and information about mental health issues, local and national support
BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Further information and advice about counselling and psychotherapy.
ACTO – The UK’s leading organisation for online therapy and supervision
Links to further reading about online psychological theory:
As a starting point, I would recommend looking at the work of John Suler, an American academic who has written extensively on some of the key theories of online behaviour – he has made much of his earlier (and highly accessible) writing available at his site here
Suler's classic paper on online disinhibition can be found here
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