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 not a life threatening emergency call NHS 111 and they will talk you through what happens next.
First Response Helpline - 24/7 support for anyone of any age with mental health difficulties.
First Response is a freephone service for self-help advice, and signposts families to support services. Call:0808 196 3494.
Latest news on Mental Health Support:
Every Mind Matters Campaign - provides NHS tips and advice to look after children and young people’s mental wellbeing.
Back to school advice to support your family’s situation - Healthy Suffolk has this useful information on their website for anyone feeling anxious about returning to school.
The Source has this useful advice page: Anxious about returning to school after lockdown.
Public Health Covid video about the experiences of four young people during lockdown
The YouTube video gives insight into the impact of lockdown on young peoples. Watch this video called 'Young People in Suffolk During COVID'.
Have you seen the 'SuffolkSaysThanks' Campaign?
The Suffolk Says Thanks Campaign is helping friends, families, neighbours across Suffolk to post messages of thanks online. Visit: www.suffolksaysthanks.com
Information for families with eating disorders
Visit our 'Eating Disorders Advice page for information and resourses on eating disorders.
Also go to the Wednesdays Child website for eating disorders family support.
Public Heath Suffolk survey for families living in Brandon
Let Public Health Service providers know what things would help your family to be healthier if you live in Brandon by completing this short survey
New Mental Health Resource for families
For a list of health and wellbeing services to support your family during coronavirus restrictions download our Covid Mental Health Guidance
Visit the COVID-19 Emotional Wellbeing Information Hub on Healthy Suffolk website
For Covid resources, guidance, tips and support around health and wellbeing. Visit: www.healthysuffolk.org.uk/covidhub
Local Mental Health Support Services:
- Contact the Emotional Wellbeing Hub - For advice and support for Children and Young People aged 0-25 from the Emotional Wellbeing.
- Find out about a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) - Get support for a child or young person through a Common Assessment Framework.
- Get help from ChatHealth - Young people can text the ChatHealth service for confidential health advice from a school nurse.
- Visit the Wellbeing Suffolk website - For help on common mental health issues for people of all ages.
- Your young person can get free online counselling from Kooth To find out more watch this video titled: 'Kooth, free, safe and anonymous online support for young people'.
Charities and organisations that provide information, advice and support:
- YoungMinds Parent Helpline - Call 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri from 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).
- MindEd for families - Is a website that provides practical advice to help you support your child.
- Suffolk Parent Carer Network (SPCN) Website - Has produced an Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health Family Support pack for Parents, Carers and Practitioners, which contains a directory of useful services and organisations.
Other Emotional Wellbeing Support in Suffolk:
The Source website for young people in Suffolk
Provides information and advice to young people on a range of topics, including emotional health and wellbeing. Visit: www.thesource.me.uk/wellbeing
Moodwise website for 16-25 years old
Is a website for young people that has lots of national and local digital tools to help them find things to make them feel better. Visit moodwise.co.uk
Emotional Wellbeing Support Groups for young people
If you provide a local emotional wellbeing support group for children and young people, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New proposed model to transform Children, Young People and Families Mental Health services in East and West Suffolk:
The East and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT), and partner orgainsations working with Suffolk families, are drawing up a new 10 year plan.
This plan is for changes to improve how CAMHS (children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) will be delivered in the future.
Some of these changes have already begun and others will take time.
Please give your feedback on the new planned changes and say if you think they will make things better for accessing mental health support in Suffolk.
All feedback will be reviewed and used to influence and shape the new service model.
The deadline for feedback for the survey is 30th October 2020.
To keep up with whats happening next, visit: www.westsuffolkccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/averydifferentconversation Or email: email@example.com using #averydifferentconversation in the subject field.
Live virtual engagement event for young people on 3rd November, 5pm-6pm:
This event is for any young person interested in helping to improve CAMHS children and young people's mental health services in Suffolk, with a chance to feedback on East and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups new model for accessing services.
For more details visit The Source - new proposed changes to mental health services
Below is a shortlist of services & organisations categorised by age: