An online national suicide prevention hotline has been launched to provide support for people struggling with their mental health.

Hopelink is a digital tool that allows young people to connect with professional suicide prevention advisers to get help in creating a care plan for the future.

Kelly Thorpe, head of helpline services at Papyrus which is behind the service, said: “What makes it pioneering and unique is that this is the first service of its kind in suicide prevention which is led by the user.

“It is accessible, user-friendly and totally confidential, allowing vulnerable young people to create their own safety plan in which they write down and store whatever it is that helps to keep them safe when they have thoughts of suicide.”

As it is online, the care plans that users create are accessible without the adviser 24/7.

For more details about HOPELINK, visit