We are there to support young people aged 10 – 25 when they come into hospital because of self-harm, a suicide attempt or because of an emotional crisis. We don’t take the place of any NHS service, but offer time and emotional support while young people are in hospital and beyond.
Our team are mostly volunteers but we are all specifically trained to support young people in this kind of situation.
It’s totally up to each young person whether or not they’d like one of our team to spend time with them and what they talk about. They can chat about anything, from what’s brought them to hospital to what they like to watch on TV. Our objective is to make their time in hospital easier and more productive in whatever way we can.
Our conversations remain confidential unless we need to share information in the interests of the young person’s safety, or if they give their permission for us to share something with someone else like their parent or a professional.