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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 Kooth.

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

Mental health and wellbeing

Info and advice on emotional wellbeing and mental health issues:

Support in Suffolk:

Speak to someone - 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 

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 333356or ask in school to find out more.

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.

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.

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

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.
  • Speak to a school nurse - weekly confidential 'drop-ins' in secondary schools. Send a text to ChatHealth to find out 07507 333356
  • 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
  • Download Calm Harm - if you're experiencing an urge to self-harm, this app offers tasks to help you resist and manage the urges.
  • 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.

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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