Addressing suicidal thoughts and feelings

Last updated: 10 Mar 2020 Topics: Mental health and wellbeing Athlete wellbeing

This briefing on addressing suicidal thoughts and feelings (PDF) provides guidance for people in sports organisations on supporting young people who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings.  

Author: NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
Published: March 2020


Anyone involved in your club or activity could be affected by suicide. A young person might experience suicidal thoughts and feelings themselves or they may be affected if someone they know has died by suicide. 

People involved in sport and activity can help by: 

  • recognising the risk factors
  • learning how to talk with a young person in crisis
  • referring them for further support

Sports organisation should aim to create a healthy environment where it is understood that everyone needs to look after their mental health and wellbeing in the same way that we look after our physical health.

Download the briefing (PDF)

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