Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Children & Young People Mental Health Support

All about Mental Health


epic friendsEpic Friends is all about helping you to help your friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally. It has information on common mental health problems, self-help and an online quiz. Learn how to help your friends and yourself now.

BBC Radio 1 has some great information on Mental Health especially aimed at Young People....take a look!

There are some other great websites out there that have loads of information on mental health too. Have a look at:


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 heads together The Heads Together campaign is being fronted by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to end stigma around mental health. Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing, and is a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges. Check out this websites to find out more about the campaign. The Heads Together Campaign is the 2017 Virgin Money London marathon Charity of the Year. See this link for a motivational message from Prince Harry


Check out this NEW website HeadScape which is about different types of problems young people can face, including family difficulties, anxiety, panic and many other topics.  (To Note: This site is designed by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and certain parts of the site therefore won’t be accessible to those registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough, but there is still lots of information on the site which may be of use.) 

On My Mind has been set up by the Anna Freud Centre for Children and families and is aimed at raising awareness for young people around all areas to do with mental health.

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What is mental health?
We all have mental health. It affects how we think, feel and behave, and determines how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Our mental health can change over time. Some people call mental health 'emotional health' or 'wellbeing'. In the same way that sometimes we get physically sick with a cold or flu, sometimes we get mentally ill too.

What are mental health problems?
Changes in mental health are very common, for example with the stresses and strains of life. But if these changes don’t go away, and start to affect our everyday life, this can lead to problems with our mental health and can lead to mental illness.  Over the course of your life, if you have mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behaviour could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including our genes and life experiences.

What is mental illness?
The term mental illness is used to describe diagnosable mental health problems. This is when you experience problems with your mental health that interfere with your life and meet criteria set out by health professionals. 

How common are mental health problems?
Anyone can experience problems with their mental health from mild stress to diagnosable mental health problems, and it is thought that at any one time at least 1 person in 6 is experiencing a mental health condition. Half of all mental health problems are thought to start to before the age of 14.

Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.


The Time to Change leaflet for parents: The Time to Change leaflet for young people:    
Time to Change Parent Leaflet Time to Change leaflet for young people


Mental Health Foundation logoThe Mental Health Foundation 'What is mental health?' section provides lots of useful information.



Mind logoThe Mind website has lots of information on the different mental health problems and have an A-Z of mental health. 





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Source: Mental Health Foundation. 



What is stigma and discrimination?

Time to change logoPeople don’t always talk about mental health problems. Some people find them difficult to understand and are sometimes fearful of them. It may be hard to talk about your mental health and to seek help, but it is increasingly becoming ok to be open about your mental health. Mental health difficulties can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender or ethnic background. It is not your fault and there is always hope for recovery.


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Here are some mental health conditions that you may have heard of:


  • Depression (a helpful Newsround Guide to Depression can be found here) and also see our page on depression here
  • Anxiety (a helpful Newsround Guide to Anxiety can be found here) and also see our page on stress and anxiety here
    • The Priory Group have created this comic strip to help you to understand more about what anxiety is.
  • Eating disorders ( click here for further information ) and also see our page on eating disorders here
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (often known as 'OCD')  information can be found here
  • OCD UK - phone 0845 120 3778 ( Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (often known as 'PTSD' - click here for further information.
  • Psychosis, the charity Mind has lots of information on Psychosis here .There are two good videos here on what it is like living with Psychosis 



  • Schizophrenia, the charity Mind has lots of information on Schizophrenia here
  • Bi-polar disorder, the charity Mind has lots of information on Bi-polar disorder here  
  • Personality disorders, the charity Mind has lots of information on Personality disorders here . Further information can also be found here Reach out
  • Dissociative disorders, the charity Mind has information on this here
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (often known as 'ADHD') YoungMinds has further information that might help.


Mental illness can develop at any time. It may not last forever and people do get better. Mental Illness is different to developmental disabilities or learning disabilities. Developmental disabilities (such as Aspergers and Autism) are a permanent condition developing in early childhood at the latest. Some people are born with a disability, but others may develop one as a result of an accident or illness when they were a child.  Having a developmental disability means that people find it harder to learn certain life skills.


The following websites have detailed information on different mental health conditions:

  • The Health Talks website gives information on mental health conditions through people's personal experiences. 
  • The Young Minds website has lots of information specifically about young people's mental health. Including information for:

                   Young People                                      Parents

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  • Cerebra have produced a great guide for parents around anxiety
  • Youthoria is a website for young people in Cambridgeshire which offers information on topics such as bullying, coping with someone dying and self-harm:


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 The Mental Health Foundation have a great A-Z of mental health conditions- It can be found HERE!






Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is an independent champion for health and care. They have conducted two surveys of young peoples views around mental health. This work follows on from our Thriving report, published last year, where young people told us they wanted mental health support that is meaningful and relevant to them. See both reports below.


As part of Being Happy, Being Me, Healthwatch recently visited four local secondary schools to encourage young people to talk about their opinions and experiences of mental health and the services available, give information about services and resources available in their area, think about how they use and understand language related to mental health. Click here to see the full report. A summary can be seen below. 


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Last year Healthwatch asked local young people about their views on mental health and local services that help people out when they are in need of more support, these are some of the suggestions that came out from the report based on young people's views:


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March 2020

Coronavirus update:

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19),  a number of services have had to make changes to how they provide support to people.  If you are currently accessing support from a service they will be in touch or please contact them for up to date information about their services. We are also compiling a list of local service updates and changes which can be found here.

There are a number of useful resources which can support you during this time, these can be found here.

During this time, if you are self-isolating or social distancing because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important to look after your mental health. Here are some tips that may help.

The First Response Service supports people experiencing a mental health crisis so if you need urgent support please call 111 and choose option 2. The First Response Service provides 24-hour access, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to mental health care, advice, support and treatment.


Have a look at our new  'Support During the Coronavirus Outbreak' tab at the top of our website for information about local service changes, and useful resources for looking after yourself in this challenging time.

Why not also have a go at trying the daily activities suggested on the Action for Happiness calendar below.



Tips for looking after your mental health at Christmas: - discusses the effects that Christmas can have on mental health, and vice versa how mental health can affect Christmas. It offers suggestions on how to look after yourself during this time, or look after others. This page on their website lists organisations which may be useful and what their opening times are over the festive period. - offer tips, podcasts and videos about how you could look after your mental health and wellbeing over Christmas.


Monday 25th November is White Ribbon Day.

A chance to come together to raise awareness and work towards ending male violence against women.

See White Ribbon's website for information on how you can get involved and show your support.

The organisations listed on this page of our website provide information and advice about healthy and unhealthy relationships, as well as access to support for those who have experienced violent behaviour.

Wednesday 6th November is National Stress Awareness Day.

This day provides a good opportunity to have a think about your own stress-levels and wellbeing, and what could be done to reduce stress if it feels overwhelming for you.

Have a look at this guide created by Mind for more information about stress, how it can affect you, ways that it can be managed, and what kind of support is available.


10th October 2019 is World Mental Health Day - this year's theme is suicide prevention. 

Click here for information on what to do in a mental health crisis, and here for information about suicide prevention.

10th September is World suicide prevention day

There is lots of information on the  Samaritans website

May 13th-19th is Mental health awareness week-this week is focusing on body image, please see the link below for further information

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Latest Mental Health news from the BBC can be found HERE!

May 2019

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April 2019

March 2019

Latest mental health news can be found at the BBC

Happiful is the first magazine devoted to Wellbeing and Mental Health-Lots of useful tips, articles and advice

27th February 2019

Latest news on Mental Health from the BBC can be found here

21st February 2019

 Princes Trust

The annual report by The Princes Trust looks at the views and thoughts of 16-25 year olds. Please click on the link above to view the report.

This year’s report shows all too clearly that young people's worries about the future are further marred by the online world of social media and moreover, reveals that young people’s overall well being score has flat-lined at it's lowest level since the study was launched a decade ago.

The Good housekeeping magazine has a informative article for parents on how to support their children with any mental health issues, it also has links for other services that can help. For further information on support for parents  please see our page HERE

4th February 2019

TO MARK Sexual Violence Awareness Week, (4th–11th February), Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite is today (Monday 4th) launching a countywide campaign to raise awareness of support available to survivors of sexual violence.


The national campaign, #itsnotok takes place every year to remind people who have experienced sexual violence that help is out there.


Organisations across the county, including Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership and Cambridgeshire County Council will be encouraging leaders, staff, and officers to take selfies pledging their support for #itsnotok.


Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite said


“People who find themselves survivors of sexual violence deserve a blanket of love and care whether they report the crime to the police or not. The effects can be devastating and it is vital people know where to turn to for support. They need to know they will be believed and that action can be taken against perpetrators. 


“By supporting #itsnotok we can all encourage those affected by this devastating crime to seek support.”


Detective Superintendent Laura Koscikiewicz from Cambridgeshire Constabulary said:


“We work closely with a number of partner agencies who endeavour to help victims of sexual violence throughout the county.


“If you are a victim of sexual violence then I would urge you to come forward to police. We are here to support you.”


Services available to victims include:


  • The countywide Victim and Witness Hub which offers free, confidential support to victims and witnesses of crime, including face to face support and access to any relevant external services. The service ensures that victims have access to end-to-end support, from immediately after a crime has been committed, to any ensuing court proceedings.
  • The Elms (a county-wide Sexual Assault Referral Centre), which offers survivors a safe place to receive support, medical aftercare, forensic examinations, and to anonymously report assaults.
  • Confidential support is also available for survivors of sexual violence and/or sexual abuse at any time in their lives from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership(CAPRCP). CAPRCP offer free counselling, face-to-face emotional support, pre-trial therapy, a telephone helpline, email support services and group work. They also have an Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy (ISVA) service for adults and children needing practical and emotional help. All CAPRCP services can be found on
  • And for young people aged between 13 and 19 (or 24 with additional needs) who have been affected by sexual violence, therapeutic support is available from ‘Time4U’, a counselling service that offers emotional help through talking therapies. Delivered locally by national charity Embrace - Child Victims of Crime (CVOC), the project also helps young people who use violence and abuse as a result of being themselves traumatised or victims of other types of abuse.


A national freephone helpline for people in stressed-out families who feel they have no one else to talk to is to be unveiled by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Aimed at people struggling with issues including family rows, money worries, new parenthood and relationship difficulties, Family Line will be launched on Tuesday by the duchess, who is focusing her charity work on early intervention in domestic problems, including supporting people who are about to start family life.

Coming up....

Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

1st - 7th February 2021
Please see below for useful resources

New this year at Cambridge United-for further support for parents and carers please see our page HERE!

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January 2019

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The Anna Freud Centre has released some information on some new self care resources. They can be found here!


A new poll has been added so we can see if people are finding the information that they need on Keep your head. Please take a few moments to complete the poll~ Thank you~


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23rd November 2018

New statistics released on Mental health and young people- interesting article from BBC HERE

10 ways to look after your Mental Health this Christmas


The festive season is a time of joy and spending time with loved ones, but it can also be one of the most stressful and lonely times of the year.

It is important to try and remember to look after your mental health and wellbeing during this busy time.

Here are 10 ways to look after yourself and to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

  1. Talk about your feelings~ It is sometimes hard to admit that at such an exciting time you don’t actually feel that great, but talking about your feelings can improve your mood and make it easier to deal with the tough times.
  2. Eat well~ everyone overeats at Christmas right? It is time for overindulgence but sometimes what we eat can impact how we feel, too much sugar can have a noticeable effect on your mental health and wellbeing. Everything in moderation is the key!
  3. Keep in touch and reach out~ With lots of plans in place it is easy to become distracted from the support system you have around you, family and friends can make you feel included and cared for. Enjoy this time to catch up with those close to you.
  4. Take a break~ Re-engergise by giving yourself a break or change of scene. Mindfulness can help you to relax and unwind visit for more information.
  5. Accept who you are~ If you have mental health problems don’t feel pressured to do more than you feel up to. Christmas is just one day of the year so whether alone or with others celebrate who you are.
  6. Keep active~ The cold weather and shorter days are not the greatest motivation for getting up and going for a 5K run, but research shows that doing exercise releases chemicals in your body that can make you feel good, boost your self- esteem and help you concentrate and sleep better too. Exercise also keeps your brain and other vital organs healthy.
  7. Drink Sensibly~ Some people drink to deal with fear, loneliness or depression but the effect is only ever temporary. Christmas parties encourage socialising and it can be easy to get carried away. It is important to look after your wellbeing for more information visit
  8. Ask for help~ We can all get overwhelmed at how we feel, especially when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you in the next couple of weeks and you feel you can’t cope then DO ask for help see our need help now section
  9. Do something you are good at ~What do you enjoy doing? Enjoying yourself helps to beat stress, as busy as the festive season gets try to keep up with the activities and the hobbies you enjoy all year round.
  10. Care for others~ Present buying is not the only way of showing that we care for others. Christmas time is the perfect time to reach out to loved ones that you may not have spent much time with over the year. Caring for others is an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you, it can bring you closer and make you feel good!


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October 2018

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September 2018

Interesting article HERE from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health on the rise of Mental Health conditions in Young People.





August 2018


A range of Videos are available to view online at CHUMS regarding a range of subjects from anxiety to friendship issues.

The videos can be viewed HERE


August 2018

What will I do if my exam results are not what I hoped for ?

  • Reflect. 'Failing' exams does not make you a failure. You may have to take a different route to achieve your goals but setbacks can increase resilience and lead to unexpected and exciting opportunities. Take time to experience your emotions instead of making a snap decision.


  • Explore other options.Resitting an exam, repeating a year, appealing a grade, entering clearing, taking a gap year or considering different courses,careers and apprenticeships are just some of the options available to you.


  • Ask for some support.Discuss your disappointment with those around you. Consider who you can contact for further advice: a teacher or tutor.


  • Care for yourself.Regardless of your results,you've worked really hard and this achievement should be rewarded Practice self-care by planning something positive for results day.


July 2018

Supporting Staff Wellbeing in Schools

As part of the Schools In Mind initiative a new booklet has been published offering practical guidance about what school staff and senior leaders can do to support their own and their colleagues' wellbeing. Topics featured include what can impact or support wellbeing? what can supervision looks like in schools?, and how can senior leaders prioritise wellbeing? 


June 2018

Drug and Alcohol Services - Survey

Public Health are reviewing Young People’s Drug and Alcohol support in Cambridgeshire (not including Peterborough) which includes advice and education provided to young people across lots of different organisations (schools, health, youth support, advice services), targeted work with complex and vulnerable young people and specialist substance misuse treatment services and the Youth Offending Service.

To find out what you think, and about your experiences of dealing with difficulties with drugs and alcohol, 2 online surveys have been developed:


  1. For Professionals/family members and carers/front line practitioners/interested members of the public -
  2. For Young people (up to 25 years of age) -

Responses must be submitted by Friday 24th June, 2018. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes.


Charlotte's Story of Self-Harm Recovery

Read Charlotte's (Young Mind's Guest Blogger) story of recovery from self-harm.


May 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week - Take Control of Stress

14-20th May 2018 is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year it focuses on stress and how it can affect our mental health and wellbeing.

For information on stress and how to manage it in your life visit: Stress

Also with exams coming up/underway, this Radio 1 page has some really helpful information: 


Time to Change Young Champions

Time to Change are recruiting Young Champions!

Successful applicants will join an 18 month programme of training and support to share their experiences and campaign about mental health.

They are looking for young people living in England who:

  • Are aged 16 - 25 with personal experience of mental health problems.
  • Want to volunteer as part of England's largest social movement to ensure that this generation can be more open about mental health problems than any before.
  • Want to use their experiences to speak out to make sure no young person is made to feel isolated or ashamed becasue of their mental health problem.
  • Want to attend training, be part of local campaign groups and meet other passionate, like-minded young people. Read more about Time to Change, the Young Champion role and commitment


March 2018

Launch of Mentally Healthy Schools Website & Resources

Heads Together and the Anna Freud Centre have launced the Mentally Healthy Schools website which brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. Their aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils.

Resources include lessons plans, assemblies, films and general information on a range of topics and issues. 

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ChatHealth - New School Nurse Text Messaging Service for 13-19 year olds

Are you stressed about exams or need some relationship advice?

If you’re aged 13-19 the new confidential text messaging service ChatHealth can help!

It’s an alternative way to engage with experienced school nurses who will answer your texts from 9.30am-4pm Mon-Fri on a range of topics including anything from healthy eating, smoking, self-harm & bullying.

Watch this video to find out more

Text 07480 635 443 now to start a conversation.


February 2018

Children's Mental Health Week 2018

It's time to celebrate being unique!  When we have a positive view of ourselves it can help us to cope with life’s challenges, and recognising the different qualities of others can allow us to connect with those around us – which is vital for our own and others’ wellbeing. To find out more visit Place2be: 


Time4U – support for those affected by sexual violence

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Prevention and Intervention Project, Time4U, offers emotional help through talking therapies. Delivered locally by national charity Embrace - Child Victims of Crime (CVOC), the project also helps young people who use violence and abuse as a result of being themselves traumatised or victims of other types of abuse. The service is available for young people aged between 13 and 19 (or 24 with additional needs) who have been affected by sexual violence, therapeutic support is available from a new counselling service.

For more information contact Embrace on 07889 623639 or by email:  or visit the website:


It's Time to Talk About Mental Health

1st February is Time to Talk Day. It’s easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health. But the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us.

Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.

Wherever you are – at home, at school or up the top of a mountain! – have your conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.

For more information visit: 

T2T Day 2018

January 2018

New Service to Support Schools

The Emotional Health and Wellbeing Practitioners team launched today. The team's role is to signpost, advise and support referrals to the wider emotional health and wellbeing services available for children, young people and families; from online self-management resources to specialist child and adolescent mental health services. The team work closely with the Early HelpHubs and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Single Point of Access (SPA). They can also help you assess the needs of children, young people and families and deliver training and consultation to support professionals develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of emotional health and wellbeing issues to more effectively and confidently deliver support.

Contact the team on: 0300 555 50 60 (between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm) or via email at This service works across Cambridgshire & Peterborough.  

Launch of New Resources for Secondary Schools

The Anna Freud Centre's Supporting mental health and wellbeing in secondary schools booklet for teachers offers an introduction to some of the mental health issues that children in secondary schools may face.  As teenage years can be an exciting and challenging time for both parents and children, they've also included a leaflet offering advice to parents and carers for schools to share.

Access the booklets here: 

New CHUMS Service Launches!

CHUMS Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service

Offers support to children and young people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and low mood, as well as those with significant emotional wellbeing difficulties arising from life events such as bereavement and bullying.

Referral criteria

  • Peterborough – Up to the age of 18
  • Cambridgeshire – Up to the age of 25

Service delivery

The service offers support in a variety of ways and you (or your child) will be guided by one of our Triage Managers to the most appropriate intervention or signposted to a more suitable agency. Interventions take place in a number of locations and include:

  • Advice and guided self help
  • Drop In facility
  • Mental Health & Resiliency group programmes
  • Full mental health assessment
  • Therapeutic group programmes for a variety of presenting issues including anxiety and low mood
  • Recreational Therapeutic support using football and music as tools of engagement
  • Individual support
  • Parent/carer groups

You can make a referral via the website and one of their triage team will contact you to discuss in more detail. You might also find some of the CHUMS downloadable information helpful -

For further information contact:

Peterborough           0330 0581 657

Cambridgeshire       0330 0581 659


December 2017

Alice's Experience of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a condition where your experience does not match up with reality as other people see it, a symptom called psychosis. If you have schizophrenia you might see, hear or believe things that for other people are not true. You can also feel muddled, low or withdrawn. Alice share's her experience of schizophrenia with Newsbeat.

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Form more information on Schizophrenia visit Young Minds

Cameo is the local service that supports people experiencing their first epsiode of psychosis. You can refer yourself to this service. For more inofrmation visit:

Presentations from Local Mental Health & Wellbeing Event

It's now possible to view the slides from a local wellbeing event that took place in St Ives on 30th November. The event shared local developments on children's mental health services and held a range of workshops focusing on topics such as online support and crisis services. Steve Jones (National Service Advisor for Children and Young People's Mental Health Programme at NHS England) also gave a presentation on what's happening nationally in terms of children and young people's mental health.

To view the presentations from the day visit: 

November 2017

New Resources for Schools!

A range of new films have been added to the Keep Your Head website sharing PSHE lessons in schools. The lessons were filmed in Cambridgeshire Schools and delivered by the Education Wellbeing Team at Cambridgeshire County Council.

The lessons, which are accompanied by guidance notes, cover:

  • Healthy Relationships (Secondary School)
  • Body Image (Secondary School)
  • My Emotions (Primary School)
  • Anti-bullying (Secondary School)
  • Conflict Resolution (Primary School).

View the films here:

Find other useful resources and information for those working in schools/colleges here:

Anti-bullying Week 2017

It's anti-bullying week between Monday 13th - Friday 17th November 2017.

If you are being bullied then don't feel alone as there are people who can help. For more inforamtion on what to do if you, or someone you know, is being bullied visit: 


New Service to Support Children's Wellbeing & Mental Health

From January 2018 there will be a new service called CHUMS providing emotional health and wellbeing support to chidlren and young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The service will support children and young people with mild-moderate mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, as well as offering preventative support for other issues such as self-harm. It will also support those with significant emotional wellbeing difficulties arising from life events such as bereavement and bullying. There will be a mixture of group and 1-to-1 support available. In Cambridgeshire services will be available for primary school aged children up to the age of 25 years, and in Peterborough the service will be availble for primary school aged children up to the age of 18 years.

For more information on CHUMS visit:

More information about the new service will be added to Keep Your Head in the coming weeks!

In the meantime if you need support you could try the online support service

September 2017

Body Image - Kirsty's Experience

Learn about Kirsty's experience struggling with body image. Kirsty is a Young Champion with the Anna Freud Centre and has written a really honest blog post about her experience and what she's learning. 

Schools in Mind 

The Schools in Mind Network is run by the Anna Freud Centre. Schools can join the network which gives them access to a range of free resources. This includes films to use in lessons, assembly plans as well as a range of films featuring experts talking about different mental health issues and giving advice aimed at teaching staff. Joining the network also enables you to keep up to date with the 'You're never to Young to Talk About Mental Health' campaign.

For more information visit: 


Mental Wellbeing in the Community Event

Please see details by clicking on the image below:

Mental Wellbeing in the Community


August 2017

Boost your mood with these apps

Whether you want to do some stress busting, give meditation a go or distract yourself, there is an app for you. We’ve been checking out lots of different apps which you can find here:

If there is a free app you find helpful for keeping well, then please drop us a message via our contact page:


July 2017

Worried about a friend's Facebook post? Here's what to do.

If you are worried about something that a friend has posted on Facebook and you think they may come to harm then there are things you can do. Facebook have a suicide prevention tool that lets you report a post to them, and they will then contact your friend offering them help. This might be giving the details of the Samaritans helpline for example. Find out more here:

It can be hard to know what to say when friends come to you with problems or when you think they may be struggling. The Epic Friends site is great for tips on how to look out for your friends. 


Working in a local school? Free training workshop on talking about self-harm. Book now!

An NHS England workshop on talking about self-harm is taking place on 29th September in the Cambridgeshire area. The workshop is a half-day and is for frontline school staff working with primary or secondary school aged children and young people in the East of England. See the flyer below for more information, and to register for a morning or afternoon session use the flowing links:

In order to register for the morning session please use this link

In order to register for the afternoon session please use this link

If you have any problems registering please contact Becky Wright

Talking about self-harm flyer



June 2017

Keep Your Head Promotion

We are running a short survey on the best way to promote the website to young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The site is all about mental health and keeping well. We will be using the answers we get back to guide how we promote the website. Click here to complete the survey Thank you!


Need someone to talk to? Check out

Kooth Feeling stressed out? Everything getting a bit much? Need someone to talk to but not sure where to turn?

There are lots of services that can help you where you can meet a professional face to face to chat about what's on your mind (see the local services page for more info.). But if you would rather chat to a professional online confidentially and anonymously, then visit theres a simple sign in process and then you can speak to a professional 12pm-10pm Monday - Friday and 6pm-10pm Saturdays and Sundays. The service is for people aged 11 – 24 years old and it's free to use if you live in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (and some other areas).

Visit Kooth here:


May 2017

GCSE Wellbeing Guides

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The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust have produced GCSE wellbeing guides for teachers, pupils and parents. The guide for pupils has loads of tips on how to look after yourself and your friends at this stressful time. There is loads of information for teachers and parents on how to support people going through exams in the guides too. All guides can be downloaded for free from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust website, as well as loads of other useful resources:

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Mental Health Awareness Week

MHAW 2017

This week is National Mental Health Awareness Week. Also, many young people will be starting SAT's or exams at school this week. See our sections on Keep your Head about managing Stress and Sleep. For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week see our Cambridgeshire County Council Page and the Mental Health Foundation


April 2017

Heads Together

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The Heads Together campaign is being fronted by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to end stigma around mental health. Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing, and is a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges. The Heads Together Campaign is the 2017 Virgin Money London marathon Charity of the Year. See this link for a motivational message from Prince Harry.


For Me - New app from Childline

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For Me is a new app from Childline and is a new way to get advice and support on lots of topics from Childline via your smart phone. For Me was created by 4 teenagers who realised there was an urgent need for young people to have easy access to confidential advice and support. Topics include issues such as school and exam stress, personal issues, self-harm and mental health.  With this app you are in control: whether you prefer to talk it through with one of our trained counsellors, get help online from people your own age, or read through tips and techniques in your own time, with For Me, the choice is your. 


Best beginnings

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Best beginnings has recently been launched to help support parents in giving their children the best start in life, supporting parents between conception and the child's third birthday. Their website includes educational and interactive tools to support parent-to-be and new parents. See information for parents..


Epic Friends

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This website is all about helping you to help your friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally. It has information on common mental health problems, self-help and an online quiz. Learn how to help your friends and yourself now.


March 2017

Why is it hard to talk about mental health problems? New interactive BBC webpage

newsround BBC Newsround have launched a new interactive page on 'Why is it hard to talk about mental health problems?' This includes video blogs of young peoples experience of mental health. See Inside my Head a video blog by 14-year-old Josh. He loves playing hockey and is just like any other 14-year-old, except for one thing - he has a mental health problem.


National Survey - How do you feel you are involved in young people's mental health services?

Have your say on young people’s mental health services! Young people (aged up to 25) are invited to take part in a survey about how they are and how they would like to be involved in mental health services. The survey is being run by YoungMinds, a charity campaigning for better mental health for children and young people, with the NHS England.

The survey will take 10-20 minutes to complete and the info you provide will be shared anonymously- this means your name (or any other information that could identify you) won’t be used in any reports about the survey. You can also entre a free prize draw to win £50 of Love to Shop vouchers at the end of the survey.

To find out more and complete the survey visit:

N.B this survey is for young people only - if you are a parent/ carer, please click here to take part or if you are a professional please click here.

If you have any questions or want to find out who else to get involved, contact Zoe at YoungMinds:

Help, I'm having a panic attack

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Check out The Mix for support on what to do if you think you might be having a panic attack with tips on how to breath.


Free online course helping parents talk about the issue of self-harm

The 'Talking to your children about emotional resilience and self-harm’ course, has been designed to provide you with a basic awareness of the subject to help you approach your children with confidence about the issue.  

This course will help you to:

  • Know what self-harm is and why young people may do it
  • Know what makes young people vulnerable to self-harming behaviour
  • Understand in what ways you can support a young person who is self-harming.


For more information on self-harm if you are a young person or parent /carer visit the 'Support for Suicide or Self-Harm' page, or to find out what services can help locally visit the 'Who Else Can Help Me?' page.

To take the course visit:
The course has been produced by Self-Harm UK and the Virtual College.

HERE:NOW New drop-in sessions in Peterborough and Huntingdon!

New drop-in sessions are being opened up in Peterborough and Huntingdon. These will be suitable for those aged between 13-25 years old and they will provide a place for you to go when you need someone to talk to confidentially. This might be about problems you are having at home, college or in your relationships. You don't need an appointment, all you have to do is turn up. As well as getting one-to-one counselling support, you can get information and advice on improving your wellbeing and join in workshops on things like Mindfulness.

Opening times:

Peterborough Central Library (upstairs), Broadway, Peterborough - open between 2pm and 5pm every Friday.

Huntingdon Youth Centre, Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon, - open Thursdays between 2pm and 8pm.

The drop-ins are being run by Huntingdon Locality Early Help Team and Peterborough local youth team, who are working alongside representatives from young people’s charity Centre 33 to deliver support for young people who are worried and stressed.


February 2017

Support After You Lose Someone

The 'Hope Again' website provides advice for young people after the death of someone close to them. The site has lots of information on how to cope when someone you care about dies, including how to talk about it, remembering, and moving on. The site also has personal stories from others who have experienced grief.

It can be helpful to talk to someone you trust if things are getting overwhelming. This might be a parent, carer or teacher. Some people find it easier to talk to someone they don’t know like someone at Cruse. To reach the Cruse Bereavement Care Youth Helpline between 9:30am and 5:00pm, call 0808 808 1677.

If you are in crisis and need urgent support then please visit the 'Need Help Now' page.

If you live in Cambridgeshire then you can also access the STARs service for support after a bereavement


Time To Talk Day

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This Thursday is national Time to Talk Daywe want to get the nation talking about mental health. Wherever you are, whatever the time your conversation matters. At school, with friends, a text, a walk, a cuppa - have your conversation today.  Conversations change lives. For more information on time to talk day see Time to Change. Check out our new website poll on who is the first person you turn to talk about your problems?

Our Online Poll Results

Here are the results of our latest online poll. The sections 'All about me' and 'Need help now' both came out at 21%, and 'How can I help myself?' at 18%.

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 Keep You Head Resources

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Please share this website with friends, family and colleagues. Here are promotional posters and postcards for the website that are free to print off.

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January 2017

If you, or someone you care about, is being affected by self-harm then check out 'No Harm Done', some great films and information that show that things can and do improve. There is no need to feel alone.

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November 2016

Coping with Self-Harm: A guide for parents and carers

A new guide has been produced that aims to help parents, carers and other family members and friends cope when a young person is self-harming. It includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm, how to support a young person when facing this problem and what help is available.

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October 2016


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Check out this new website focusing on difficulties that face young people around mental health and wellbeing.  It has information on a number of different types of problems including family difficulties, anxiety, panic and many other topics.  (To Note: This site is designed by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and certain parts of the site therefore won’t be accessible to those registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough, but there is still lots of information on the site which may be of use.) 


Kooth Counselling Service

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Kooth – opening the door for mental health support for children and young people Find out how young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can access help and support with their mental health and emotional well-being without a referral via Kooth.

Kooth is a confidential and anonymous online service for young people, specifically developed to make it easy and safe for young people to access mental health support as and when they need it, while removing any associated stigma. Once signed up, Kooth users have access to BACP trained counsellors available until 10pm, 365 days a year, peer-to-peer support through moderated forums, and a range of self-help materials, co-written by other young people. Any young person aged 11 – 25th birthday with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough postcode can access the service for free.

You can watch the new Kooth video here.

Read more about Kooth.



World Mental Health Day

10th October is World Mental Health Day 2016. This year we are being encouraged to 'Take 10 Together' - to take 10 minutes to have a conversation with someone (maybe a friend or family member) about their mental health and wellbeing. Look out for new resources that will be added to this site over the next week to help you get the conversation started!


September 2016

Keep You Head Poll Results

Here are the results of our website poll 'Which of these keeps you happiest?'.  This is based on 69 responses. 50% of people said that meeting friends was the thing that keeps them the happiest. Check out our new poll now.

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National Mental Health Campaign

Heads Together is a mental health campaign led by The Royal Foundation in partnership with seven other charities. The aim of the campaign is to challenge mental health stigma and change the national conversation on mental wellbeing.

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Leaflet on Self-Harm

A new leaflet on self-harm has been produced by Centre 33 which you may find helpful if you self-harm or if you are worried about someone. You can find it on the Keep Your Head self-harm page here or by clicking on the image below. 

Self harm leaflet


August/ September 2016

'Shelf Help' the new books on prescription for young people will be launched on 28th September 2016 across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. For more information see Shelf help on our 'How can I help myself?' page.


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 July 2016

Webinar on Stress

Watch our recently posted webinar on Stress, Relationships and Mental Health on our Resources page


June 2016

Website Launch

Keep Your head (this website!) is being launched and going live on Friday 10th June 2016. A massive amount of work has gone into this website from young people, professionals and local services, and we are extremely excited about it. The site will evolve and we welcome feedback, so let us know what you think of it!


May 2016

Webinar for Mental Health Awareness Week!

A live webinar discussion on stress, mental health and relationships took place on Tuesday 17th May 2016 at 6pm.This webinar is focused on how to manage stress, particularly in young people through the exam period. It will include information on the Stress LESS campaign, ideas on managing stress and information on local support. It was run by Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council and Huntingdonshire Regional College students with guest speakers from Mind in Cambridgeshire and Centre 33. We will be uploading the recording of the webinar on to this website very shortly, so watch this space!


April 2016

Stress LESS

Exams, and life in general, can be stressful so a new campaign has been launched to help us Stress LESS. There are lots of tips and resources to help you reduce your stress, and also the #Take5 challenge - change 5 things over 5 weeks to feel better! 

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March 2016

New document for schools in Cambridgeshire! 

A new document has been produced which gives details of the local authority support that is available to schools to implement a whole school approach to mental health, where every aspect of the school is promoting better mental health. The support available includes free training for teachers and details on how to access additional free teaching resources. 

To view the whole schools approach full model and document click on the image below.

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This page has links to video's, podcasts and live discussions around young peoples mental health and wellbeing. Check these out! 

VIDEO - ORDINARY MAGIC: Resilience & Mental and Emotional Wellbeing in Schools

This short film has been made by the Education Wellbeing Team and young people in Cambridgeshire. It shows young peoples views and understanding of mental health. See here



 Anna Freud Centre

Anna Freud Centre has just launched a ground-breaking series of expert podcasts to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems. 

There are also some great new self-care resources here!



This Insight series of leaflets by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation trust, were designed and written by people who have personal experience of different mental health problems and the people who support them. They provide introductory information on a range of mental health problems and other issues relevant to mental health. They act as signposts to local sources of support and information. These have been written for adult mental health, but may be useful for young people.


VIDEO STREAM 3 - Sexual Health


VIDEO STREAM 2 - Stress, Mental Health and Relationships

A second webinar on stress, mental health and wellbeing took place on 17th May 2016 as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. The panel discussion included Cambridgeshire County Council, Mind in Cambridgeshire and Centre 33.


VIDEO STREAM 1 - Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing

This is a recording of a webinar on wellbeing and resilience that was produced by Cambridgeshire County Council and Huntingdonshire Regional College. Students did all the technical aspects of filming and live streaming that made this webinar possible. It will be a particularly helpful resource for parents, carers and teachers but of interest to many others!


Mental Health Awareness video

This short Mental Health Awareness video was produced by Healthwatch in Peterborough with local Youth Health Champions. It was designed for teenagers and explores what mental health is, what affects mental health, teenage specific pressures and how to manage poor mental health and more! It is a fantastic resource for schools and has been adopted by all Peterborough secondary schools.



There are many physical or neurological conditions that can have an impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Managing long terms conditions, like epilepsy, can challenge our mental health. Here are some useful videos on understanding epilepsy.

 The BBC has a range of videos about young people and a range of subjects including anxiety,OCD and bullying these are suitable for KS2 AND 3-They can be found HERE


We are continuously updating this website. if you know of any videos, blogs or podcasts that you would like to see on here please let us know.

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