New changes to the Blue badge criteria
Find out about new changes to Blue badge parking permits when applying for hidden disabilities, such as mental health. Read more here
Mental Health Support Pack for Parents, Carers and Practitioners
Suffolk Parent Carer Network (SPCN) a voluntary organisation for parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs and/or disabilities in Suffolk. has pulled together this useful support pack for families which contains a directory of services and organisations. Download the Children & Young People's Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health Support pack.
To help children, young people and their families source support for their needs, two new factsheets are now available on the Suffolk Local Offer website. The factsheets have been co-produced by Suffolk Parent Carer Network (SPCN), the County Inclusion Support Service (CISS) and East Coast Community Healthcare, and can be downloaded here: ASD Factsheet and SEND Support Factsheet
How can I help my child with exam stress?
Your teenager can look at the exam information and support available on The Source - for young people website. It includes videos from Samuel Ward Academy students about coping with exam stress and how parents and carers can help support them with exams. Go to: TheSource - planning for exams.
Mental Health Awareness Week - talking about body image
This years Mental Health Awareness Week which was on 13-19th May, focussed on promoting a positive body image. For advice to help your child/young person build a healthy body image, visit: MentalHealthFoundation or Kidshealth.org websites. Young people can find information on: YoungMinds - Body image and Childline - How you look advice pages.
New HealthWatch report published revealing worrying figures of self-harm amongst Suffolk teenagers.
The HealthWatch survey results show concerns around self-harm and loneliness with a quarter of female students aged 16 saying they have self-harmed, and 40% of children and young people admitting to spending most evenings alone in their room. Read the full report
For information and support about self-harm go to our self-harm advice page.
30 Day What's Up Challenge Campaign
Throughout February the '30 Day What’s Up Challenge''social media campaign has been running on behalf of by Suffolk County Council Public Health, in partnership with TheSource, OneLife Suffolk and Healthwatch Suffolk. The campaign which encourages young people to take part in simple activities they can do to look after their emotional wellbeing (based on the five ways to wellbeing: https://www.healthysuffolk.org.uk/projects/5-ways-to-wellbeing), ended on 2nd March, but the campaign resources which includes a What's up Challenge booklet, remain available for anyone to download from The Source website to support young people's wellbeing any time they need a pick-me-up Find out more
Royal College of Psychiatrists website 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
Anna Freud Charity launch 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
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger Service
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 BBC have carried out one of the largest loneliness studies 'The Anatomy of Loneliness', 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 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
Bereavement support for young people 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.