Find information and support to help you and your family cope with emotional wellbeing and mental health issues.
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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.
Suffolk Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing Hub
The new Emotional Wellbeing Hub replaces the current NSFT (Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust) Access and Assessment Service for 0-25-year olds, providing a simple process for professionals, families and young people to make a referral or get advice about wellbeing and mental health services. Find out more
Local Support Services:
Getting support through the Common Assessment Framework (CAF)
Children, young people and their parents can use the Common Assessment Framework to work with teachers or other professionals to assess and discuss what support would make a difference and enable them to cope. Information on the CAF can be found at www.suffolk.gov.uk/caf
Getting help from the School Nursing - ChatHealth Text Service
Text 07507 333356 for confidential health advice from the school nurse (available Mon-Fri 9.30am to 4.30pm).
Getting help from Wellbeing Suffolk
Wellbeing Suffolk provides free advice and support across Suffolk for people of all ages.
Young people aged 16+ can get help from Wellbeing Suffolk by completing an online referral form, by talking to their GP, or to any other practitioner who is working with them. They can also call the local team on 0300 123 1781.
If you want to get support for your child who is 15 years old or younger the first step would be to talk to your GP or to another practitioner who is working with your family, because they can help you make a referral to the wellbeing service.
Charities and organisations that provide information and advice:
If you are a parent needing help, you contact the YoungMinds Parent Helpline on 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri from 9:30am to 4pm).
MindEd for Families
MindEd for Families provides practical and evidenced-based advice and guidance to help you support your child. Parents have worked with mental health practitioners and NHS England to develop the information on their website which can be found here - www.minded.org.uk/families
Emotional Wellbeing Support Groups for young people:
We have compiled a list of local community groups who provide emotional wellbeing and mental health support to young people.
If you provide a group that supports children and young people's emotional wellbeing and you would like to be included in our list (above) or if you are aware of a group that we do not have listed - please get in touch and let us know contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest News on Emotional Wellbeing in Suffolk:
Newmarket’s Needs Met Events
Suffolk Mind have organised some free 'Suffolk Needs Met' courses for anyone - friends, family and professionals who would like a better understanding of what it means to be emotionally healthy. The following course dates are available which are all taking place in Newmarket:
Monday 29th October, 5.30pm – 9pm, Newmarket Academy.
Wednesday 21st November, 9.30am – 1.30pm, Tesco Community Centre.
Tuesday 4th December, 9.30am – 1.30pm, Tesco Community Centre.
For course details and to book a place online, go to the Suffolk Minds website
Mental health services in east & west Suffolk
This consultation is described as "a unique opportunity to express your views about how mental health and emotional wellbeing services are developed and delivered across east and west Suffolk."
Rather than asking about individual services, the consultation wants views on mental health and emotional wellbeing services "in all their variations, from maternal mental health to eating disorders to dementia, to name but a few."
If you have a bereaved young person they can find support available on The Source.
SENDIASS has launched a new website to help families
Suffolk SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service) have now launched a new website to provide confidential and impartial information, advice and support services on issues relating to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). Visit: www.suffolksendiass.co.uk
Public Health Suffolk 'Connect and Share' Campaign
A new Public Health campaign has been launched that aims to increase awareness of social isolation and loneliness through supporting local people to become better connected and to make a pledge.
In Suffolk around 32% of 16- 24 year olds have said they feel lonely ‘often or all the time’.
If you know a young person who may be affected by loneliness or social isolation please visit The Source website at: www.thesource.me.uk/health/feeling-lonely
Click here for more details about the Connect and Share Campaign.