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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 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: 

With COVID-19 cases rapidly rising in Suffolk and our health service under pressure, #SuffolkNeedsYou to stay at home to save lives.

Message from Suffolk’s Director of Public Health, Stuart Keeble or watch it on YouTube

Covid Mental Health Guidance - Includes health and wellbeing services to support families during coronavirus restrictions

1-7th March is Eating Disorders Awareness Week 

Families looking for information and support around eating disorders may find the folowing advice useful:

Eating disorders in children are dangerous. If you are concerned about a child, don't delay seeking support:

Tools for Uncertainty Parent Workshop - 22 March 1pm or 6pm, or 23 March, at 6pm to 7.15pm 

This workshop is hosted by the Psychology in Schools Team, and is suitable for parents/carers of all children who are struggling in the current pandemic who would like to learn strategies they can teach their children to manage difficult thoughts, feelings and situations.

Families can book on to this workshop for free through Eventbrite:

Parents and carers, and schools can find further information on wellbeing workshops  

New Kooth 'Don't Do It Alone' Campaign 

Kooth has launched a "Don’t Do It Alone” campaign to encourage open conversations around mental health so children and young people know they are not alone with their struggles. The campaign includes a film of famous faces talking about their mental health. Visit: DontDoItAlone Campaign

Young people in Suffolk aged 11-25 can access free online emotional wellbeing support and counselling by registering with Kooth. Visit  

ChatHealth Service helps 11-19 year olds with all kinds of things

Young people in Suffolk can talk to a school nurse about any confidential health and wellbeing worries they have via the ChatHealth Service, by texting 07507 555536.

NHS Every Mind Matters Campaign

The Every Mind Matters Campaign provides NHS tips and advice to look after children and young people’s mental wellbeing. Try their Mind Plan Quiz

Back to school information and advice

Anxious about returning to school after lockdown - The Source website advice.

Back to school advice to support your family’s situation - Healthy Suffolk website  information for anyone feeling anxious about returning to school. 

Public Health Covid video about the experiences of four young people during lockdown 

The YouTube video gives insight into the impact of the first lockdown on young people. Watch this video called 'Young People in Suffolk During COVID'.

Home, But Not Alone Helpline 0800 876 6926 (9am to 5pm, seven days a week). This service supports people in Suffolk who need help during COVID lockdown. The service connects people most in need with volunteers in their community. 

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:

Visit the COVID-19 Emotional Wellbeing Information Hub on Healthy Suffolk website 

For Covid resources, guidance, tips and support around health and wellbeing. Visit:

 See previous news bulletins

Local Mental Health Support Services:

Charities and organisations that provide information, advice and support:

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:   

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

Emotional Wellbeing Support Groups for young people

List of local emotional Wellbeing support groups for young people

If you provide a local emotional wellbeing support group for children and young people, email:  

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.

Watch this video and complete the online survey (Note the deadline for feedback for this survey has now passed.) 

To keep up with whats happening next, visit:  Or email: using #averydifferentconversation in the subject field.

For more details visit The Source - new proposed changes to mental health services

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