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Due to the high level of demand for our service. The Emotional Wellbeing Hub has collated the following resources to help support families and professionals.
if you require urgent support for your mental health please call the First Response Service on 0808 196 3494 (24/7 helpline for all ages)
Emotional Wellbeing Gateway website - has information, advice and resources on mental health issues. (The site allows you to do a keyword search for local community support groups in your area.)
Wellbeing Suffolk – The wellbeing service provides a range of online courses and webinars.
Healthy Suffolk – five ways to wellbeing – The Five Ways to Wellbeing is a Suffolk initiative to gain awareness of how you can look after your emotional wellbeing.
The Source - a website for young people in Suffolk, that provides information and advice that covers a range of health and wellbeing topics.
Kooth - a free, safe and anonymous online emotional wellbeing and counselling service four young people in Suffolk aged 11-25.
Moodwise - a website for 16-25 years olds to find resources to help with anger, anxiety and low mood.
Suffolk Sendiass - (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service).
PACT (Parents And Carers Together) - Support parents and carers to support the mental health of their children and young people.
Home-Start - Provide one-one volunteer-based, home-visiting, family support. Support is provided on a weekly basis, between the hours of 7am-8pm. Call 01473 621104.
Suffolk Minds - Have a number of resources and support for adults and children to help them stay well. Call: 0300 111 6000 (Monday – Friday 9am to 3.30pm).
Young Minds – A charity organisation that supports children and young people’s mental health.
Young Minds Crisis Text Messaging Service - for young people in emotional distress.
Young Minds Drug and Alcohol Use - advice page.
Royal College of Psychiatrists – has information for young people, parents and carers about young people’s mental health.
NHS UK – Moodzone – The NHS have a list of mental wellbeing organisations and useful guidance.
Recovery College - provides podcasts and online courses for those aged 16 and over on topics such as mental health and living meaningfully.
MindEd - has practical guidance, and learning modules for families and professionals.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – has a range of resources and support to parents, and an ‘On My Mind’ young person’s directory.
The Mix - Information and resources for young people on issues, such as mental health, homelessness and coping during lockdown.
Turning Point - Support for young people affected by drug and alcohol abuse.
CCI Centre for Clinical Information - Self Help Resources for Mental Health Problems. Easy to read workbooks for adults covering a variety of wellbeing issues including; anxiety, low mood, self-esteem, tolerating distress and assertiveness.
Teenage Mental Health - Provide a counselling service (fees apply), resources and free eating and self-harm support groups.
These mindfulness techniques may help you or your family in a distressing situation:
- The 5-4-3-2-1 Grounding technique
Notice 5 things around you that you can see
4 things you can feel
3 things you can hear
2 things you can smell
1 good thing about yourself.
This can help calm and distract the mind by focusing it on the present moment.
- Breathing exercises
Take 10 slow deep breaths from your belly (in through you nose and out through your mouth). Focus your attention fully on each breath, on the way in and on the way out. Say the number of the breath to yourself as you exhale.
Breathing exercises help release tension in the body and reduce stress levels.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Also referred to as 'tapping' or 'psychological acupressure' (as it's based on Chinese medicine). EFT has been used to treat people with physical pain and emotional distress. It helps you to focus on a specific issue while tapping on end points of the body's energy meridians which is believed to help restore balance and release negative emotions and pain. Try this EFT video session to see if you find this mindfulness technique useful:
We are interested in hearing what mindfulness techniques may be working well for your family, and where you are learning them so we can share them with others.
Below are a selection of resources and advice that The Hub feel could be useful to you.
The Gateway Anxiety in children and young people - advice page for parents and carers.
The Source Anxiety information - advice for young people.
A workshop aimed at secondary school age pupils and parent/carers on anxiety:
Young Mind Parent Survival Guide - provides s support guide for parents and carers on managing a child’s anxiety.
Child Mind Institute - The Child Mind Institute provides information on many different types of anxiety and resources to help young people and parents.
Clear Fear App (Free downloadable app) - This app has been designed for teenagers experiencing anxiety. It has exercises which target thoughts and behaviour, and aid relaxation to alleviate anxiety.
Autism, ADHD, and special educational needs
Parents guide for improving the wellbeing of young children with learning disabilities - Guide created by the University of Warwick and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation to help families promote the wellbeing of their children with learning disabilities, including their own wellbeing.
SEND parenting support - Advice from Yvonne Newbold website. Webinars on understanding behaviour in those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
YouTube information clip on managing ADHD within lockdown - Aimed at parents/carers to provide tips on managing home for children with ADHD during lockdown
Autism Anglia - Autism Anglia provides information and support to young people and adults who may have Autism.
Suffolk Sendiass - A confidential and impartial information, advice and support service on issues related to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).
Information about behaviour booklet - Provides information and guidance on behaviour difficulties.
The below information sheets provide basic information for challenging behaviour:
Beat eating disorders charity - The UK's Eating Disorder charity, includes helplines for support and resources on their website.
Recovery Record App - Designed for every stage of recovery from anorexia, bulimia, OED, BED, CED and other eating disorders.
Wednesday’s Child leaflet - Leaflet providing psychoeducation around eating disorders and information around what the charity can provide.
Papyrus website - has resources to support emotional regulation. Papyrus is a charity supporting the prevention of young suicide.
MOODJUICE - Anger Problems and Self-help Guide - A PDF that provides education on anger, tools to help the young person understand their own anger, and methods to regulate it.
Moodwise - A website to help young people find digital tools to help improve their mood.
Mermaids - Offer information and support for both young people and parents around trans-gender, non-binary, and gender diversity.
Guide for Supporting LGB young people - This workbook is designed for professionals and people who work with young people who may be lesbian, bisexual, or gay. It provides information and tips on supporting these young people.
Loss & grief
Cruse Bereavement Care booklets - Child Bereavement UK has a number of booklets for helping children understand loss on their website.
Depression in children and young people - Advice page for parents and carers.
The Source Depression page - Advice for young people in Suffolk.
Depression self-help guide - NHS booklet designed for those who may be experiencing lot to moderate symptoms of low mood and depression.
Supporting Your Child With Depression and Low Mood - Advice from YoungMinds website.
Self-harm & suicidal thinking
Self-harm in children and young people - Advice page for parents and carers
The Source Self-harm advice - Advice for young people in Suffolk
Self-harm information for young people - Z card for young people in Suffolk
Feeling overwhelmed or suicidal, or know someone who does? - Information from The Source for young people in Suffolk.
Feeling overwhelmed or suicidal - Young Suicide Prevention z card
Papyrus website - A charity supporting the prevention of young suicide.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - Male suicide prevention website.
Stay Alive App - This app helps you and others stay safe and provides information on steps to stay safe when feeling suicidal.
How to get a goodnight's sleep podcast - This podcast discusses the challenges with sleep, with reference to covid-19, and tips for helping a young person’s sleep routine.
Top tips for better sleep young people - Top tips for better sleep during lockdown has been created by Bury North Youth Team. This booklet is aimed at adolescents and young adults.
Please refer to the above Coronaviris information at the top of this web site as well as the information below.
Covid Mental Health Resources Guide - includes a list of family support services and organisation available during lockdown.
Young Minds Parent tips on supporting young people at university - during the COVID-19 pandemic
4 top tips for parents on surviving lockdown - from the BBC
Podcast on low mood in the covid-19 pandemic - The podcast is aimed at young people and explores the experience of low mood and what young people may find helpful.
Top tips for better sleep during lockdown - Top tips for better sleep during lockdown has been created by Bury North Youth Team for young people. This booklet is aimed at adolescents and young adults.
Useful leaflets for young people
Useful leaflets for parents and carers
Suffolk Parent Carer Network Family Support Pack - Lists useful organisations and services for families.
For a list of the latest free wellbeing webinars available to help families and schools, go to Wellbeing in Education Website,