• Finding Hope: Message to Young People Struggling with Suicidal Thoughts

Finding Hope: Message to Young People Struggling with Suicidal Thoughts

Tim Baker

Dear young one.

If you're reading this, it's because you're feeling overwhelmed right now. It might seem like there’s no way out of the pain you’re experiencing. First, I want you to know that you're not alone. Many young people face these feelings, and there is hope. This message is for you. It’s a reminder that your life is precious and worth fighting for.

You Are Not Alone

Right now, it might feel like no one understands what you’re going through, but you certainly are not alone in your struggle. Many young people experience these intense emotions at some point in their lives. The fact that you’re here, seeking help, shows incredible courage and strength. We are immensely proud of you for doing so. And most of all, you should be proud of yourself.

Your Feelings Matter

Whatever you're feeling right now, it’s important to remember that your emotions are real and valid. Life can be incredibly tough, and it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. Whether you're dealing with stress, depression, anxiety, bullying, or family issues, your feelings are significant. It's important to recognise them but it’s more important to move forward.

The Strength in Connection

One of the most powerful ways to combat these feelings is to connect with someone who cares about you. Share your thoughts and feelings with a friend, family member, teacher, or counsellor. Sometimes, just talking about what you’re going through can provide immense relief. You don’t have to carry any burden alone.

Help Is Here for You

There are people who dedicate their lives to helping young people like you. Therapists, counsellors, and hotlines are there to listen and guide you through difficult times. Speaking to a mental health professional can help you develop coping strategies and remind you that your life holds incredible potential. If speaking to someone doesn’t feel like the right thing to do for you, it’s ok to throw yourself into something constructive. Like going to the gym or starting a new project. There are many ways to find fulfilment in life, and what works for one person might not work for another. We are all different after all.

The Promise of Change

Life is full of changes, and the intense emotions you’re experiencing now won’t last forever. It may be hard to believe, but many people who have felt like you do now have found joy and purpose again. Hold on to the hope that things can and will get better. You always have the power to create a different future for yourself and that’s a power you will never lose no matter what.

Embrace Small Joys

When the future feels uncertain, try to find small moments of joy in your day-to-day life. It could be a beautiful sunset, your favourite song, the comfort of a pet, or a hobby you love. These small moments can add up, reminding you that there are still things in this world worth experiencing and living for.

Your Story Is Still Unfolding

Remember, your story is still being written. You have the strength to change the narrative. By reaching out, seeking help, and holding on to hope, you’re taking the first steps towards a brighter future. Your life has infinite possibilities, and you deserve to see where it can lead.

Immediate Support

If you’re in immediate danger, please reach out to emergency services or a crisis hotline. These services are here to help you through the toughest moments and provide immediate support.


  • 0800 543 354
  • Free text 4357 (HELP)


  • 0800 376 633
  • Free text 234


  • 0800 726 666

Closing Thoughts

Your life is incredibly valuable. Your pain is temporary, but your worth is infinite. Please, reach out for support and give yourself the chance to experience the beauty and joy that life can offer. You are not alone, and there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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