(This page gives you an introduction to some emotional health and wellbeing issues and support available to you in Suffolk such as the Emotional Wellbeing Hub, Chathealth and Ask a 4YP Expert).
Everyone feels low sometimes or experiences stress or anxiety due to exams, family problems, or changes in your life. But if these feelings continue over a long period of time it is important that you seek help.
Mental health issues can affect anyone at any age, but as a health subject, it is less talked about and less understood.
We all have mental health and emotional wellbeing, and this is just as important as our physical health.
Our mind and body are connected, and if you're feeling depressed, stressed or anxious, this can affect how you feel physically. You might experience symptoms like:
- Trouble sleeping
- Change in eating habits
- Feeling tired
- Lacking energy or enthusiasm
- Aches and pains
- Struggling to concentrate
Info and advice on emotional wellbeing and mental health issues:
Support in Suffolk:
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The children and young people's Emotional Wellbeing Hub provides an online referral for support and a telephone helpline (0345 600 2090) if you are worried about you or a friend's emotional wellbeing and need advice.
Speak to a school nurse for support and advice - they offer weekly confidential 'drop-ins' in secondary schools. Send a text to ChatHealth (07507 333356) or ask in school to find out more.
Ask the 4YP expert - chat with a 4YP Young People's Worker for information and advice through our confidential live 1-1 chat, available Monday to Wednesday from 5-7pm.
4YP in Ipswich offer a drop-in service for young people to come and chat to a youth worker about any social, emotional and physical health and wellbeing issues.
The Kernos Centre (based in Sudbury) offer counselling for young people who feel their emotional wellbeing is suffering, whatever the reason may be.
You can go to your GP for help at any age. Anything you talk about is confidential and will be kept between you and your doctor.
If you're 16 or over, you can also refer yourself for free support from the Wellbeing Service. This could be in the form of short term counselling or a telephone call from a professional, or wellbeing workshops or classes. For more information, visit the Wellbeing Service website.
The BBC have compiled a list of helpful information and support contacts to go with their MY Mind and Me season about emotional and mental wellbeing.
Feeling stressed or having a crisis?
Unsure of what mental health is?
Check out Mind's A - Z of mental health.