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.
Local Support Services:
Getting help through the Suffolk Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing Hub
The 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 families and professionals to make a referral or get advice about wellbeing and mental health services. Find out more
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, on common mental health and emotional issues, such as low mood, depression or stress. Find out more
Charities and organisations that provide information and advice:
If you are a parent needing help, you can contact the YoungMinds Parent Helpline on 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri from 9:30am to 4pm). They also have a free 'Crisis Text Messanger Service' for young people experiencing a mental health crisis. A young person can contact their messenger service by text to: 5258 (available 24/7).
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.
Do you provide a group that supports children and young people's emotional health and wellbeing? If you would like to be included in our list, please get in touch, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest News on Emotional Wellbeing in Suffolk:
Royal College of Psychiatrists has a new Mental Health section co-produced with young people
The mental health section on the Royal College of Psychiatrists website has been given a brand new look, with clear information that has been developed with psychiatrists and young people on a range of emotional wellbeing issues, such as, 'how to cope when life is difficult', 'when bad things happen', and advice on drugs and alcohol, and gambling. There is also a parent and carer section that includes advice on behavioural problems, a death in the family, and the emotional cost of bullying. Find out more
The Anna Freud Charity has launched a new website for young people
The children's mental health charity have created 'On My Mind' which is a new website that has been co-produced with young people for other young people. It has information for teens like - what is a referral and how do I get one? And features a Youth Wellbeing Directory to find support. Find out more
Have you heard about the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger Service for young people?
The YoungMinds Charity have a crisis messenger service that provides free, 24/7 crisis support to young people from across the UK, who are experiencing a mental health crisis such as: suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying and relationship breakdown. They can text anonymously, and for free (from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus). Texts are picked up by trained volunteers. Young people can send a text to: 85258. Find out more.
BBC Loneliness Experiment - The Anatomy of Loneliness
The BBC have carried out one of the largest loneliness studies to find out 'Who feels lonely?'. The study looks at all age groups and backgrounds, with striking results that show young people as the loneliest age group. They have podcasts which give you a better understanding of loneliness and what can help. Find out more.
See our Public Health Suffolk 'Connect and Share' Campaign to help increase awareness of social isolation and loneliness. If you know a young person who may be affected by loneliness they can go to: www.thesource.me.uk/health/feeling-lonely
Stay Alive App Launched - This should be on your phone!
This app has long been awaited for by families and professionals as it lists information on all national and local mental health services - vital for suicide prevention and who to contact in a mental health crisis. It includes emotional wellbeing support services in Suffolk, giving you quick access to various helplines and self-help websites on the go. Available to download from the App Store & Play Store. Find out more
Do you have a bereaved young person - find support on The Source
The Source website has advice to help support young people in Suffolk to cope with a bereavement in the family, including how to help a grieving friend. Go to these information and advice pages: 'bereavement and young people' and 'children and bereavement'. The Source also addresses other common emotional wellbeing issues useful to young people.