Last week the NSPCC published its Childline annual review, Not Alone Anymore, revealing a 15 per cent increase in counselling sessions on suicide. We conducted more than 60 counselling sessions on suicide every day last year with children as young as 10 reporting suicidal thoughts. Peter Wanless said: “We have never seen figures like these before and they are a blunt wake-up call. Some young callers had already sought professional support, and asked Childline counsellors to act on their behalf to get help more quickly.” Dame Esther Rantzen added: “Today’s tragic statistics prove that Childline is more crucial than ever and, for some, literally a lifeline.”
Widespread coverage has included: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Sky News, Metro, The Times, ITV News, talkRADIO, Sky News (TV), BBC Radio 5 Live, LBC, BBC News 24, BBC Radio 4, The Sun, Evening Standard, The Herald, Belfast Telegraph, South Wales Echo, Yorkshire Post, Kidderminster Shuttle, Plymouth Herald, On the Wight and Oxford Mail along with many other regional and local outlets.
We also had interviews with our spokespeople, along with young people supported by our Participation team to share their stories with the media.