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.
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 and young people page.
- The Source eating disorder information for young people.
- Wednesdays Child - provide eating disorders family support.
- BEAT - UK Eating Disorders Charity
Eating disorders in children are dangerous. If you are concerned about a child, don't delay seeking support:
- Get advice or make a referral to CAMHS mental health support services by contacting the Emotional Wellbeing Hub
- Beat Eating Disorder Helpline: 0808 801 0677 Studentline: 0808 801 0811 Youthline: 0808 801 0711
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: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tools-to-manage-uncertainty-parent-workshop-tickets-142489504945
Parents and carers, and schools can find further information on wellbeing workshops at:www.suffolk.gov.uk/wellbeingeducation
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 www.kooth.com
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
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: www.suffolksaysthanks.com
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.
- Young people can get free online wellbeing counselling from Kooth 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: email@example.com
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: www.westsuffolkccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/averydifferentconversation Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: