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Information and advice for young people in Suffolk

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This page gives you an introduction to some emotional health and wellbeing issues and support available to you in Suffolk.

Young people in Suffolk can get emotional wellbeing advice and support from:

You can learn more about these services below.

New First Response helpline 24/7 helpline 0808 196 3494

You can now also contact the new First Response helpline at anytime if you need emotional wellbeing support. The helpline has been setup to help during the coronavirus outbreak. Anyone of any age who are experiencing emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties can contact the helpline for support.

We all have mental health and emotional wellbeing, and this is just as important as our physical health:

Everyone feels low sometimes or experiences stress or anxiety due to exams, family problems, or changes in your life.

We all need to look after our mental health as much as our physical health, and not be afraid to seek help if you are struggling emotionally with your feelings - talking helps and the above services provide free anonymous and confidential support to help you with whatever you are going through right now. 

If you're feelings are starting to get too much, it's important to talk to someone your trust

Mental health issues can affect anyone at any age, but it is less talked about and less understood. 

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

If you are feeling rubbish there are lots of support out there and things you can do to help yourself

Info and advice on emotional health and wellbeing issues:

Support in Suffolk:

Kooth is a free, safe and confidential online service where you can find someone to talk to when you need it. Read more about the service in our information pages or visit their website www.kooth.com 

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.

ChatHealth Lets you speak to a school nurse for support and advice on any health concern - they offer weekly confidential 'drop-ins' in secondary schools. Text 07507 333356

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.

Suffolk Wellbeing Service If you're 16 or over, you can also refer yourself for free support from them  This could be in the form of short term counselling or a telephone call from a professional, or wellbeing workshops or classes on things like low mood and sleep. 

You can go to your GP for help Anything you talk about is confidential and will be kept between you and your doctor.

Other support:

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?

  • Call The Samaritans on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.
  • PAPYRUS - offers a helpline for young people who are feeling suicidal, or have thought about self harm or taking their own life. To talk to someone who is trained to deal with these issues and offer advice and support, call 0800 068 41 41.
  • Young Minds - offers online support and advice for children and young people who are worried about their mental health, and explains the different services and treatment available to support you. The YoungMinds crisis messenger service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258
  • C.A.L.M Campaign Against Living Miserably - provides a free, confidential and anonymous helpline as well as a webchat service for men and boys who are struggling or in crisis and need to talk to someone - if you can't talk to your mates or family about it! They offer 24/7 information, advice and support. 
  • On My Mind - provides information to help you make informed choices about your mental health including a jargon buster, understanding referrals, understanding treatments and your rights.
Emotional Wellbeing resources:

Download The Source How are you feeling today? - We all have emotional health and wellbeing Z card.

Download The Source Is life getting too much? - Feeling overwhelmed or suicidal Z card.

Find things to help you stay positive with the 30 Day Whats Up Challenge

Become a better listener with these  tips from the Samaritans. When people feel listened to, it can save a life.

Check-in and share how you and your friends are feeling - don't be alone with your thoughts 
Unsure of what mental health is?

Check out Mind's A - Z of mental health.

Do you know what CAMHS is?

You may have heard CAMHS being mentioned by someone. CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. These are NHS services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. See the Young Minds 'Your Guide to CAMHS' for more info and how to get help from CAMHS.

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