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I'm worried about my child's mental health | Community Directory

I'm worried about my child's mental health

   Find information and support in Suffolk to help you and your family cope with emotional wellbeing and mental health issues.

Does your child need urgent help?

If it's an emergency call 999. If it's not life threatening call NHS 111.

Call First Response: 0808 196 3494. 24/7 freephone service for help with mental health difficulties.

Covid information

Covid Mental Health Support Guidance - Lists family health and wellbeing services.

Covid Hub Website

Government vaccination resources for children and young people.

Latest news on Mental Health Support:

Support Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September - Send a message of hope and support to someone who may be struggling with emotional pain, loss or loneliness. Go to www.thesource.me.uk/hope

Take a look at Youth Focus Suffolk - A new channel brought together to better support youth workers and professionals who work with young people.

Support for young people's mental wellbeing - This document includes a selection of useful websites, helplines and apps that offer a range of support to young people who are struggling, as well as places parents/carers can seek help. 

Wellbeing in Education Website - Has lots of new resources, webinars and advice for schools and families, including EBSA (Emotionally Based School Avoidance) support for children and young people who are anxious about returning to school.

Spotting the signs of an eating disorder - advice for families who are concerned their child has an eating disorder.

Local Mental Health Support Services for children and young people:

Charities that provide helpline support and information:

  • Suffolk Mind - Call 0300 111 6000 (Mon-Fri, 9.00am and 3.30pm)
  • YoungMinds Parent HelplineCall 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9:30am to 4pm). 
  • YoungMinds Crisis Text Messanger Service - Text: 85258 (24/7) A free service for young people experiencing a mental health crisis.  
  • The Samaritans - Call 116 123 (free 24/7 support) 
  • Talk to them about whatever’s getting to you (you don’t have to be suicidal to contact them).  
  • CALM - Call 0800 58 58 58 (24/7, 5pm-midnight). Mental Health support for boys and men.
  • Hopeline (Papyrus) - Call 0800 068 41 41 (9am–12am (midnight) every day) Confidential suicide prevention advice.

Useful Emotional Wellbeing Support websites:

Emotional Wellbeing Support Groups for young people

List of local emotional Wellbeing support groups for young people

Email us details of your emotional wellbeing support group at: engagementhub.enquiries@suffolk.gov.uk  

New 10 year model to transform Children, Young People and Families Mental Health services in East and West Suffolk: 

The ten-year mental health and emotional wellbeing strategy for east and west Suffolk has been developed by NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Suffolk County Council and the wider community. Find out more about the strategy.

Local people wanted to help scrutinize mental health service provider proposals for the new strategy

Health commissioners are seeking local people to act as Assurance and Procurement Public Representatives to support the ongoing programme of improvement to mental health and emotional wellbeing services in east and west Suffolk.

These roles will have an integral role in the scrutiny of bids by existing and potential providers of services to ensure they deliver the very best care and support to patients as well as good value for money.

No formal qualifications required for the roles. Lived experience is the most important attribute, together with an interest in the NHS and health care is needed.

More information can be found on the NHS website

Below is a shortlist of services & organisations categorised by age: