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NSPCC launch new campaign in response to an increasing number of young people seeking support due to suicidal thoughts

NSPCC Cymru have reported a rise in the number of children in Wales receiving counselling for suicidal thoughts and feelings, with the number rising more than a third (38%) in four years. Between 2018 and 2019, a total of 850 young people from Wales received help from the charity’s free Childline service, struggling with thoughts of suicide. This is up from 614 in 2015/16. Most of those reaching out were teenagers, but there has also been an 87% in children under 11 across the UK receiving help since 2015/16.

In response to these worrying statistics, the NSPCC has launched a new campaign called – “KIDS In Real Life – urging the public to help save a child’s life, in real life”. The NSPCC is calling on people to show their support through a ‘Pledge to Protect’ and make a donation to fund vital services like Childline which are there for children and teenagers when they have nowhere else to turn.

Find out more about the campaign, and how you can get involved here.