Childline receives thousands of contacts over suicidal thoughts and self-harm

Emotional health problems, including suicidal thoughts and self-harm, were among the main reasons for children and young people contacting Childline during the past 12 months.

The free support service provided 250,281 counselling sessions online and via telephone in 2018/19, 45 per cent of which (109,000) related to issues of emotional health and wellbeing.

Of these, almost 25,000 sessions included problems of suicidal thoughts, while almost 13,500 referred to self-harm.

These two issues feature prominently in the list of the top 10 reasons for calls from young people in 2018/19:

However, the report reveals that counselling sessions relating to issues of suicidal thoughts and self-harm were much more likely to involve girls than boys (25,860 compared to 4,392). They were also more likely to be issues for children aged 12 to 18.

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