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Mental health and wellbeing

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What is mental health and emotional wellbeing?

We all have mental health! Good mental health is a feeling of happiness where we are able to handle the normal stresses of life and can do the things we want to do. Our emotional wellbeing is how we feel day to day.

Everyone feels low sometimes or experiences stress or anxiety due to exams, family problems, or changes in our life, and these things can effect our mental health and emotional wellbeing. We all need to look after our mental health as much as our physical health.

Our mental health and emotional wellbeing, is just as important as our physical health

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

What can I do to look after my mental health and emotional wellbeing?

If you are feeling rubbish there are lots of support out there and things that you can do to help feel better and build your resilience to everyday stresses of life:

  • Speak to someone - Talking really helps. Talking to family and friends provides great support. if you are not sure who you feel comfortable talking to, below is a list of support services that provide free anonymous and confidential emotional wellbeing help with whatever you are going through. 
  • Surround yourself with positive things - Quotes and people that make you feel good about yourself.
  • Find something you enjoy doing - Things that make you feel good or relaxed after a stressful day.
  • Eat healthy and sleep well - The food we eat and how much sleep we get effects our mood.
  • Don't be alone with your thoughts - Share how you and your friends are feeling and check-in on each other.
  • Follow the 5 Ways to wellbeing - 1.Connect with others, 2.be active, 3.Take notice of what’s around you, 4.Keep learning, and 5. Give to others. 
  • Try our 30 Day What’s Up Challenge - It's 30 simple things to help look after your emotional health.  

Don't be afraid to seek help if you're feelings are starting to get too much, it's important to talk to someone you trust.

Get advice on emotional wellbeing issues

Check out our pages below for support on various emotional wellbeing problems: 

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

Do you know what CAMHS is? - 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. For more info see the Young Minds 'Your Guide to CAMHS'.

Emotional Wellbeing Support Services for young people in Suffolk

The following services provide free, anonymous and confidential support:

First Response 24/7 helpline - 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 on 0808 196 3494.

Emotional Wellbeing Hub - Provides an online self-referral service for support or you can call their helpline on 0345 600 2090 if you are worried about you or a friend's emotional wellbeing and need advice. (For young people living in East and West Suffolk)

Point-1 Service - Provides an online referral service and helpline (like the Hub) for young people who live in Lowestoft and Waveney area. Call their helpline on 0800 977 4077.

Just One Norfolk - Provides resources, information and sources of support for young people in Norfolk and Waveney.

ChatHealthLets you speak to a school nurse for support and advice on any health concern. Send a text to 07507 333356. They offer weekly confidential 'drop-ins' in secondary schools. 

Kooth - Is a free, safe and confidential online service where you can find someone to talk to when you need it. Visit www.kooth.com 

4YP in Ipswich - Offer a drop-in service for young people to come and chat to a youth worker about any social, emotional, physical health and wellbeing issues.

The Kernos Centre - Based in Sudbury, offers 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 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. 

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

Feeling distressed and having a crisis?

The following services can help if you are experiencing a mental health crisis:

  • First Response 24/7 helpline - Call 0808 196 3494
  • The Samaritans - Call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit their 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.
  • YoungMinds Crisis Text 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. Call their helpline on 0800 58 58 58.
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