Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Children & Young People Mental Health Support

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE IS IN CRISIS

What is a mental health crisis?

You, or someone you know, might be in crisis if:

  • You are thinking of hurting yourself or suicide seems the only option
  • Someone you know has made threats to hurt you or someone else.
  • You are experiencing extreme distress that seems overwhelming.

Who can help in a mental health crisis?

Call 111 and press option 2 for the First Response Service - a 24-hour service for people in a mental health crisis. This service is for anyone, of any age, living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Specially-trained mental health staff will speak to you and discuss with you your mental health care needs – instead of you having to go to accident and emergency departments of local acute hospitals.

If you are over the age of 16 you can access the Sanctuary in Cambridge or Peterborough - People in crisis across the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be able to access Sanctuary support. Staffed by mental health charity Mind in Cambridgeshire, the Sanctuary offers people practical and emotional support between 6pm and 1am and is accessible by referral from the First Response Service. You can watch a tour of the Cambridge Sanctuary by clicking here

 

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If you are already a patient of child and adolescent mental health services (CPFT):

  • Between 9am-5pm, Monday–Friday: Contact your Care Co-ordinator or On Duty Clinician 
  • At other times call Out Of-Hours Service: A telephone support service, run by Lifeline, is available for CPFT’s service users who are experiencing a crisis in their mental health. The service is also available for carers who are concerned about the mental health of a service user. The out-of-hours telephone number is 0808 808 2121. This is available every day, including weekends, from 7pm-11pm
  • Call 111 and press option 2 for the First Response Service - a 24-hour service for people in a mental health crisis.

If you are not a patient of child and adolescent mental health services (CPFT):

  • Call 111 and press option 2 for the First Response Service - a 24-hour service for people in a mental health crisis.
  • Your GP: If you are in crisis and need immediate help, then please contact your GP.
  • Emergency doctor: All GP surgeries have an out-of-hours number that you can call in an emergency. The out-of-hours doctor may assess the situation over the phone, ask you to attend a clinic/service, or may come out to assess the service user. They will be able to arrange any necessary specialist assessments.
  • Local walk-in centre: Most centres are open 365 days a year and outside office hours. Some newly opened centres may offer different opening hours during their first few months.
  • A&E - call 999 or go to your nearest A&E department.
  • Police - If the person you care for is being violent, threatening or you feel at risk, you should contact the police directly by dialling 999.

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The Mix website 

Our crisis messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you’re aged 25 or under, and are experiencing any painful emotion or type of crisis in your life, you can text THEMIX to 85258.

We know that finding the right support is important. We aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer in less than five minutes. They will listen to you and help you think more clearly, enabling you to know that you can take the next step to feeling better.

 

samaritans

The Samaritans offer confidential support by trained volunteers that are available all day, every day. If you need help urgently it is best to call their helpline which is free: 116 123 (Samaritans Contact Details) or the national helpline 08457 90 90 90.

 

MIND Stop Suicide

The Stop Suicide website has information on what to do if you are feeling suicidal or you if you are worried about someone

CALM

CALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Check out the website for further support or Click here for their helpline.

CAMEO

Cameo is a local service that provides specialist assessment, care and support to young people experiencing a first episode of psychosis. This is GP or self referral.

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Heads together

Have launched a New crisis text service, Shout is the UK’s new 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

https://www.giveusashout.org/ 

Zero Suicide Alliance  has some FREE training on their website around talking about suicide and what to do if someone has these thoughts-the training only takes 20 minutes and could save a life.

SUICIDE AWARENESS

Many young suicides can be prevented. In the UK thousands of young people are admitted to accident and emergency departments each year because they have attempted suicide.

Although most people who attempt suicide survive, many remain at high risk of taking their own life for quite some time afterwards.

If you are in crisis please see this page HERE!


What can you do to help someone ? A.L.E.R.T

Ask them how they were feeling before it happened and how they are feeling now. Talking about suicide does not make it more likely to happen. Try to be patient if they are angry or refuse to talk. If they won't talk to you, maybe they would talk to a friend or sibling. It may be that writing things down is an easier way for them to communicate with you.
Listen: this is the most important thing you can do. Treat them with respect, and try not to be judgemental or critical. Is it important to try to raise their self-esteem.
Empathise by showing that you really do care about them, no matter what, and are trying to understand things from their point of view. Words don't always matter. The touch of a hand or a hug can go a long way to show that you care.
Reassure them that desperate feelings are very common and can be overcome. Things can and do change, help can be found and there is hope for the future. People do get better!
Try to give practical support, and help them to cope with any extra pressures. It may not be possible to deal with all the things that are troubling them, but between you agree on what you will do if a suicidal crisis happens again. If they are living away encourage them to come home for a visit or go to see them yourself. This will give you an opportunity to assess the situation. Be clear there are always other options.

For example, if they are at University they can: leave the course for good ,have a break from the course or defer for a year or change to a university nearer home

DON'T...

Put them down or do things that might make them feel worse. A suicide attempt suggests that self-esteem is already very low.

Abandon or reject them in any way. Your help, support and attention are vital if they are to begin to feel that life is worth living again. Don't relax your attentions just because they seem to be better. It doesn't mean that life is back to normal for them yet. They may be at risk for quite a while.

Nag: although it may be well meant. Nobody wants to be pestered all the time.

Intrude: try to balance being watchful with a respect for privacy. Don't ignore what has happened.

Criticise their actions: however you may be feeling about their suicide attempt, try to remember the pain and turmoil that they were, and may still be, going through. Don't take their behaviour personally - it was not necessarily directed at you.

A.L.E.R.T was taken from the Papyrus website-Please see their website for further help and support https://www.papyrus-uk.org/ 

MIND Stop SuicideThe Stop Suicide website has tailored information on coping with suicidal thoughts and helping someone who is suicidal. 

 

CALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Check out the website for further support or Click here for their helpline.
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 samaritans  If you are feeling suicidal or you are concerned about someone else, contact your GP or the Samaritans – 116 123. If you are a parent or carer, then the Samaritans also have specific information about how you can help your child if you find out they are struggling. 

 

PAPYRUS prevention of young suicide

Papyrus is the national charity for the prevention of young  suicides. They have lots of information on their website and a  helpline that you can call if you are feeling suicidal (call:0800 068 4141 10 am-10 pm weekdays, 2 pm-10 pm weekends email:pat@papyrus-uk.org ).

The Help is at Hand booklet is a free resources that provides people affected by suicide with both emotional and practical support:

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 Zero Suicide Alliance  has some FREE training on their website around talking about suicide and what to do if someone has these thoughts-the training only takes 20 minutes and could save a life.

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How can I help myself?

HOW CAN I HELP MYSELF?

There are lots of things you can do to help yourself stay well and have good wellbeing: including eating well, getting a good night's sleep and taking some regular exercise.

If you are going through a stressful time or would like to lift your mood you are on the right page. Check out the links below for information on taking time out, tips on being positive and happy, and ideas around mindfulness. Also have a look at the range of apps that you might like to try too. 

 

 Anna Freud Centre has some great self help information aimed especially at young people including activities ,tips and ideas to help your improve your wellbeing.

 

  rise above

Rise Above is about us all sharing our experiences, questions and challenges to get us ready for anything life throws at us. It is where you will find interesting and useful stuff from the web and beyond to get us all talking about the things that matter to us. You’ll find inspiring and useful stories, videos, games and advice. 

 

 

Turtle Dove  Cambridge supports existing organisations in empowering young women aged between 15 and 23.They work with young women to improve their confidence in a supportive and fun way, they aim to offer a sense of achievement through improving their skill set and employment opportunities.

 

BWW

Big White Wall is an online support and recovery service for people aged 16 and over who are stressed, anxious, low or not coping. Big White Wall enables members to support and help each other and share what’s troubling them in a safe and anonymous environment. There is also guidance from trained professionals, who are online 24/7. There is a charge for this service. 

 

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Relax Kids resources and classes can help children manage stress with breathing and stretching exercises. These are resources that need to be paid for. 

CHAT HEALTH

ChatHealth is a confidential text messaging service that enables children and young people (aged 11-19) to contact their local public health nursing (school nursing) team.

 

Cambridgeshire and Norfolk

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

Cambridgeshire text: 07480 635 443

The service is available Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 4 pm (except bank holidays). During these times we aim to respond to all messages within 24 hours.

Norfolk text: 07480 635 060

The service is available Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm (except bank holidays). During these times we aim to respond to all messages within 24 hours.

Please see their website for further information and support HERE

 https://youtu.be/QPValMNLWLo

 

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Mood Juice is a self-help resource website that has a helpful guide on anxiety and another on depression.

 

 

Mood scope logoMoodscope helps you to track your mood each day with an interactive game, you can then share with your friends. MH HubYouth Mental Health is a hub of information on the NHS Choices website. It brings together lots of useful information and resources. Resources that you might find helpful include:

 

 

Books on prescrip

Reading well can help you to cope with the pressures of life, feel better about yourself and boost your confidence using books.

Shelf Help - The Shelf Help scheme is available in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Libraires. This scheme is already available nationally. It is a range of books that have been recommended by young people and health professionals about mental health that are available in public libraries. The books are aimed at 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. A similar service, called 'books on prescription' is already available for adults. Recommended books

 

 

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Youthoria has lots of information for 11-19 year olds, but the 'It's Your Choice' section presents you with stories that young people have faced and gives you the chance to decide what you would do, and advises on some good options. Different scenarios include coping with an eating disorder and dealing with depression.

 

 

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Living Life to the Full  .......Helping you to help yourself - Check out this website with advice on 'Why do I feel so bad?', 'How to fix almost anything' and many more....

 

reach out logoReachOut provides practical tools and support to help young people get through everything from everyday issues to tough times. You will find help through: factsheets, tools, apps, community forums, stories, videos, other stuff, like lists.

 

the mix

The MIX provides essential help for those under 25. Have you had trouble getting help for mental health? Check out this resource.

 

beatBEAT is the UK's leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders.  For further information on these conditions visit Young Minds

CALMCALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Check out the website for further support or Click here for their helpline.

 

 

FEELING GOOD, STAYING HEALTHY

We all have mental health, and just like our physical health there are many ways we can look after it. There are lots of things that we can do to keep our mind well, or help us to recover when times are tough. Exercising, eating well, spending time with friends and helping others out are all good ways of looking after our wellbeing. For more information and suggestions visit the Young Minds and the Mental Health Foundation websites. 

If you live in Cambridgeshire, you can also find a range of fun activities near you on the Youthoria website or visit the new 'Be Well' site for information on keeping your body and mind well.

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When Healthwatch recently asked local young people what they did when they felt stressed or anxious, these were some of the things that helped them: 

  • Talking to someone
  • Listening to music
  • Dancing 
  • Art or colouring in books
  • Writing things down
  • Going out with friends
  • Doing sport.

 

Some people find the '5 ways to wellbeing' a useful way of thinking about how you can look after your wellbeing:

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Connect with the people around you and make time for family and friends.                  

 Be active - Go for a run, play football, cycle to college or sign up for a dance class...whatever it is, make sure it is something you enjoy

Take notice - Be aware of the world around you and how you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Keep learning - whether it's learning how to cook your favorite food or taking up a new sport or hobby, it's all good for our mind!

Give - Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile :) Volunteer your time. It can be incredibly rewarding.

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Exercise stimulates positive endorphins, clears your head and lifts your mood.

Healthy body = healthy mind

Action for happiness ~ more info can be found HERE ~

Self Care

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STRESS AND ANXIETY

Stress

Be the reason someone smiles

 

A little bit of stress can help us to get motivated, but sometimes our stress levels can rise a bit too much. There are lots of things we can do to take control and manage our stress. 

 

Stress LessThe local Stress LESS campaign has been specifically designed to help young people combat stress. Their website has lots of advice and guidance that can help you get on top of stress and get through exams. The campaign asks us to change small things over the course of 5 weeks to feel better, see the #Take5 challenge. 

 

 

Radio 1 larger versionBBC Radio 1 have compiled a fact file on the signs of stress to look out for and some helpful tips to keep your stress levels in check!

 

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Young Minds have collated lots of information for parents and carers on helping your child through problems at school. There are further links to lots of websites and resources that you may find helpful.  

 

 

NHS choices logoThe NHS Choices site provides information for parents and young people on dealing with exam stress. 

 

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The Family Lives website has information for parents on helping your child through exams from revision right through to exam day and beyond. 

 

 

Anxiety

Feeling Overwhelmed?

You are not alone around 3 Million people in the UK suffer with some kind of anxiety.

Anxiety is a normal, if unpleasant ,part of life. It can affect us all in different ways and at different times.

Whereas stress is something that will come and go as the factor causing it ( be it work, relationships, exams etc.) comes and goes, anxiety is something that can persist.

Anxiety UK offers lots of information on the types of anxiety conditions and ways of managing anxiety. Phone:03444 775 774(Mon-Fri 9.30 am-5.30 pm)

Health for teens offers some information on anxiety and how to deal with it here

No Panic

No Panic is a voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD and includes a helpline Phone: 0844 967 4848

website: www.nopanic.org.uk 

 

If you are having a fretful moment then try this'5-4-3-2-1' mindfulness tip: This helps to ground you and helps to feel more calm, especially in moments of panic and anxiety.

 

Count 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch,3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell,1 emotion you feel

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Little Mix star Perri talks about her anxiety and panic attacks HERE

 

OCD

OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which is a type of anxiety disorder. 

People with OCD have repeating thoughts, images or feelings that are distressing (obsessions). They carry out rituals or habits (compulsions) to temporarily feel better.

OCD rituals can be obvious to other people such as checking door locks or they can happen inside your head like counting.

OCD thoughts come in all shapes and sizes, but they often revolve around things danger, dirt and contamination or worries around sexuality and religion.

 

Further information can be found at Youngminds  and OCDaction

DEPRESSION

Feeling sad, low, down or lonely can be difficult feelings to bear.  These feelings are uncomfortable, even painful at times.  However they are important feelings to have from time to time and inform us when difficult things are happening in our lives. These feelings in themselves don’t mean there’s anything wrong with you.

So how do you know when you have depression?

Depression is a condition which can develop over time.  It can happen when the sad, difficult feelings just won’t go away, and start to have an impact on everyday life.  Depression can affect us in lots of different ways and might have an impact on how you feel, think or behave.

You might feel:

  • down and tearful all the time
  • tired, lacking energy and motivation
  • bad about yourself, guilty or worthless
  • numb or empty
  • hopelessness or helplessness
  • that there’s no point to anything, that life isn’t worthwhile 

You might think:

  • a lot of negative thoughts
  • suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • you are a burden to other people
  • people are better off without you

Your behaviour might change and you might:

  • not be able to sleep- or the opposite, sleeping too much
  • experience a loss of appetite – or on the other hand comfort eating or eating too much
  • have problems concentrating
  • not be able to enjoy the things that used to be fun
  • become withdrawn, shut down

If you notice that you have been feeling low for weeks at a time and it doesn’t seem to go away or even gets worse, you don’t have to through this by yourself.  Talking to someone you can trust might make a big difference to how you feel.

You can also talk to your doctor who will discuss the different options for you.  This might include medication.  This is not always appropriate for everyone, and is not the only option. There are also “talking therapies” which can be very effective.
Centre 33 offers someone to talk to in confidence about how you feel. You will be listened to, taken seriously, and not judged.

ANGER AND AGGRESSION

Anger is the name we give to a particular form of human energy,it is a basic emotion that everyone experiences at some point. Sometimes we may find it hard to control that anger.

 

If you are struggling to manage anger or aggression, there is a lot of support and advice online to help you.

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This link from Mind talks you through what anger is.

 

 

 

Anger Management tips from Centre 33

 

 

 

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There is a great page on young minds to support young people who want to manage anger issues, as well as a support page for parents who are worried about their child's anger.

 

 

 NHS choices also have great advice for parents on managing anger

Recommended reading

There are also a number of books that can be useful in understanding anger in yourself or others:

 

Managing Anger:Simple steps to dealing with frustration and threat by Gael Lindenfield ( Thorstons ,2000)

Working with Anger and Young People By Nick Luxmore (Jessica Kingsley, 2006)

Anger Management :A pratical guide for working with Children and Young People by Adrian Faupel. Elizabeth Herrick and Peter Sharp ( Routledge,2017)

BBC Radio 1 has some great information on anger and aggression and how to deal with it see HERE!

 

SLEEP

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Sleep is really important for good health; it gives our mind time to make sense of the day and is a chance to de-stress. There are lots of things we can do to help ourselves get a good night's sleep, like getting into a routine or taking some time out from gadgets.

Check out the Radio 1 website for some good advice, or see the great advice on sleep foundation website.

Can you see on this picture what could be stopping you from sleeping ??

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8 ways to sleep well

A good night's sleep is vital for your wellbeing and health. Sleep helps to keep your brain in tip-top shape.

Try the following tips to help:

1) Sleep-friendly bedroom

Have a bedroom that is uncluttered, dark and not too hot 

2) Get Regular

Keep regular sleeping hours, then you'll programme your brain and internal body clock into a set routine.

3) No caffeine

Try not to have caffeine after noon, this gives it chance to leave your system  before bed time

4) Get active

Regular exercise will tire you out, release tension and help you to sleep better

5) Switch off

The blue light from screens is a major sleep disruptor- switch off at least an hour before bed, this gives your brain a chance to wind down.

6) Relax

Relax before going to bed, warm bath, dim the lights,quiet music

7)

Tackle tomorrow

Write a list of things to be tackled the next day to help your brain switch off

8) And breathe....

Breathe in for four seconds, holding for four then out for four to slow your heart rate and quieten your brain activity.

For Parents and Carers

The Sleep Council website gives guidance for parents/carers on supporting teenagers to get a good night's sleep as well as tips for children with additional needs. sleep councilThey have also produced the  'Good-Night Guide for Children' leaflet, which looks at preventing sleeping problems in children and tips for addressing issues that may arise.

 

 

Mental Health Foundation logoThe Mental Health Foundation has information on how to sleep better, looking at 4 key factors that affect how we sleep: Health, Environment, Attitude and Lifestyle.  

 

 

 

Also, see this Public Health Matters blog by Public Health England on Mental Health and Sleep in teenagers and the MindEd free online training on sleep in teenagers.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

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If you need support, help or advice around drugs and alcohol there are a range of local and national services available. See the following links for more information:

 

If you live in Cambridgeshire (not including Peterborough):

cpftCambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service (CASUS) provides information, support and specialist treatment in Cambridgeshire around drug and alcohol use to young people and their families. CASUS offers specialist treatment, interventions, support and information for all types of substance use. The also provide support for the families and carers of substance misusing young people, and see young people who are affected by the substance misuse of someone close to them.

CASUS can see young people at school, home or a variety of community or healthcare settings. You can refer yourself for an appointment, or a parent/carer or professional can refer a young person. The service is suitable for those under 18 years old but they also have a limited service for 18 – 21 year olds who are particularly vulnerable and would benefit from seeing a young person’s service rather than be referred to adult services.

For more information on CASUS and the service they offer, and how to access the service visit: http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/casus 

You can contact CASUS 9am-5pm Monday to Friday Tel: 01480 415278 casus@cpft.nhs.uk 

 

Change Grow Live

CGL can support you with any concerns , worries or questions you might have about:

  • Prescription medications
  • Alcohol
  • Over the counter medication use
  • Illegal/legal drugs
  • Duel Diagnosis and mental health
  • Steriod use and more

Information and advice in Cambridge and Peterborough from CGL-Please see HERE

Tel: 0300 555 0101

Cambridge1@cgl.cjsm.net

POW (Possibilities, Opportunities, Without taking risk) young people’s drug and alcohol service is a free and confidential service that works with young people and families around their, or their parent’s or carer’s, substance use. The service is for those up to the age of 18 years with drug and/or alcohol problems and offers one-to-one support, group work, housing and education/employment support.

For adults, the most suitable service will be Aspire-Peterborough. Recovery workers will work with an individual offering information, advice and guidance to develop a recovery plan. Groups and activities are also available to support the recovery journey. 

 

National Information:

FrankFRANK provides friendly confidential drugs advice. They have lots of information on their website, but also provide a live chat (2-6pm) and can be contacted by email, text or phone. The website also provides information on what to do in an emergency situation.

 

Nacoa

Ever worry about your parent's drinking? Drinking problems can affect the whole family, to find out what you can do and how you can speak to people that can help visit Nacoa or call their helpline (0800 358 3456). If you are a friend or professional worried about a child or young person the site also has a range of information that may be able to help.

 

Further National information can be found at www.knowthescore.info

 

 

Recovery Cafes in Cambridge

  Recovery Cafes : free, regular, no appointments needed, drop-in cafes where you can find lots of information on recovery from drug and alcohol use, chats with others in recovery and enjoy a free tea or coffee on us.

  • Cambridge: The Edge Café, Brookfield NHS Site, Mill Rd, CB1 3DF, Every Thursday 12-3 pm

  • Cambridge: Frazzled Café, Marks & Spencers, Sidney St, Cambridge, CB2 3HH ( Mental Health Recovery)

  • Ely: The Countess Free Church, Ely, Every Monday 10 am – 12 pm

    For more information on the Cafes please call Sun Network at enquiries@sunnetwork.org.uk

 

 Further information can be found on the Adult Keep your Head page HERE

SELF-HARM

Self-harm is when someone chooses to inflict pain on themselves in some way. It is a sign of distress and can take many forms. Often self-harm is someone's way of coping with feelings,and is a sign that something is wrong. Self-harm can be dangerous, and it is a sign that there is an underlying problem, therefore you should get help. Below are some organisations that give more information on ways to address self-harm as well as some key services that can help in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. There is also more information on services available on the following pages: Local Support and National Support

It can be hard to know what to do if someone tells you they are self-harming, but there are things you can do to help people get the support they need:

Young Mind's 5 tips for when a friend tells you they are self-harming:

  1. Don't panic
  2. Offer to listen
  3. Help them to find support (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough support):HERE!
  4. Be there for them in the long haul
  5. Look after yourself

For more information on any of these tips visit: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/five-things-you-can-do-if-someone-tells-you-they-are-self-harming/

 

These are also some leaflets that you may find helpful:

 

Centre 33 leaflet:                       For parents and carers:               For professionals:                             

 Self harm leaflet  Coping with SH  Understanding and responding to SH 

 

#NoHarmDone

Young Minds & The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust have produced a range of resources and films for young people, parents and professionals. 

in our hands, no harm done 

 

 

 

About Calm Harm

The urge to self-harm is like a wave.

It feels the most powerful when you start wanting to do it.
Learn to ride the wave with the free Calm Harm app using these activities:
ComfortDistract, Express YourselfReleaseRandom and Breathe

 

self harm logoRead stories, ask questions get answers and information on self-harm.

 


Life SIGNS logo

 Life Signs provides lots of helpful advice and information about self-harm which is shaped by those that use the site. 

 

 National Self Harm Network logo

The National Self Harm Network has a supportive forum for those that are experiencing self-harm. 

 

 

 

 Harmless logoHarmless is shaped by the people that use the website, and provides a range of services about self-harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self-harm, their

friends and families and professionals.

 

Recover Your Life logoRecover Your Life offers an open and non-judgemental support community for those who self-harm or are struggling with other mental health problems. 

 Distraction Techniques

Alternatives to self-harm

 

The Teen Help Forum has a list of distraction suggestions which you do not need to sign in to access.

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BULLYING

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If you are being bullied, or are worried that someone you care about is being bullied, then do not feel alone as there is support available. The most important thing to do if you are being bullied is to tell someone. See the Learn Together Cambridgeshire page on anti-bullying, our page for children and young people, support for families, and support for schools. Youthoria, a website for young people in Cambridgeshire also has a vast amount of information on bullying (Youthoria).

 

For additional support see Radio 1 website and for support on cyber bullying, and sexting see Kidscape and the NSPCC

If you are a bully, you can change. Visit the Youthoria website or NHS Choices for advice.

 

 

 

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Parents and Carers

It can be very distressing to find out your child is being bullied - the NSPCC have a helpful guide to keeping children safe from bullying and cyberbullying. The guide also has helpful information on what to do if your child is bullying others. There is also lots of information and resources available for teachers on preventing and addressing bullying in schools.The Anti-bullying Alliance also offers training and information for teachers.

 

   Cyberbullying

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Internet safety - Lots of interesting information below on internet safety and also HERE

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EATING DISORDERS

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses.Anyone, no matter what their age, gender or background can develop one. Some examples of eating disorders include Bulimia, Binge eating and Anorexia.There is no single cause and people might not have all symptoms for any one eating disorder.

 

Eating disorders can be a way of coping with feelings or situations that are making the person unhappy, angry,depressed, stressed or anxious.

Local help

Personalised Eating Disorder Support (PEDs) A specialist eating disorder charity based in Peterborough, supporting individuals locally and around the country and further afield via our Skype and email services.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Foundation Trust run the Eating Disorder Service locally. Most people will be seen as outpatients, with a small number requiring a hospital stay. To access support for an eating disorder, please visit your GP.

 

BEAT has lots of information that you may find useful if you think you or someone you know has an eating disorder..They have a helpline which is open 12 noon-8 pm during the week and 4 pm-9 pm on weekends and bank holidays.

It is free to call on 0808 801 0677 or you can email help@beateatingdisorders.org.uk

www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk

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Stem4 have lots of information on the types of eating disorders and offers ideas for support and guidance.

 

 Myths about eating disorders

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MENTAL HEALTH APPS

There are many apps out there that you can use to support your mental health and wellbeing. All these are available to download free from the App Store.

 For me logo

For Me is a discreet Childline app that gives you access to: 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor, 'Ask Sam' problem page and a space to track your mood and write down your thoughts privately. Topics include issues such as school and exam stress, personal issues, self-harm and mental health.  

 

Child Bereavement UK have developed an app for 11-25 year olds who have been bereaved of someone important to them. It can also be used by friends, teachers, parents and professionals who would like to know how to support bereaved young people.

 

 

 

Calmharm is an app that  provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. 

 

In HandIn Hand helps you to focus yourself when you are feeling low or are in a moment of stress. Once the app knows how you feel, it will take you through steps to help you feel better. 

Smiling Mind logo

Smiling Mind is a free app that helps put a smile on your mind. The app takes you through guided meditation. 

 

Stem 4 logo Stem4 Support with self-harm provides activities to support you with urges to self-harm (comfort, distract, express or release).

 

 

Helpful websites that are worth taking a look at...Head medsHeadMeds gives accessible, straight talking information on young people’s mental health medication.

 

DOC ReadyDoc Ready can help you feel more confident when you go to see your GP about a mental health issue.

 

SEXUAL HEALTH

icash If you're looking for contraception, treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV care and treatment or related advice in Cambridgeshire, we can help.

We have created  bespoke hubs across the county, bringing all aspects of sexual health under one roof. We also have three smaller clinics.

 

We also work with Terrence Higgins Trust, who provide community outreach services including free condoms, Chlamydia screening and sexual health advice and signposting.

 

 

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Lime Tree Clinic

 

Address: Lime Tree Clinic, Brookfields Hospital, 351 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3DF 

Services:

  • C-card
  • Chlamydia testing
  • Condoms
  • Contraception
  • Emergency contraception
  • HIV testing
  • STI testing
  • Support and advice

Our clinic is open:

Monday 0900 - 1930, Tuesday 0900 - 1930, Wednesday 0900 - 1930, Thursday 1330 - 1930,          Friday 0900 - 1630, Saturday 0900 - 1145 

 

WE ARE CLOSED ON BANK HOLIDAYS

PLEASE NOTE FROM JUNE 7TH, EVERY THURSDAY THE CLINIC WILL BE OPENING AT 1330 (NO MORNING CLINICS) (phone lines will be open from 1330)

Phone lines open: Monday to Thursday 8.30 - 1930, Friday 8.30 - 1630, Saturday 9.00 - 11.45 to book an appointment for Contraception and Sexual Health

To make an appointment please call 0300 300 3030. Please arrive 10 minutes before your booked appointment time to complete the registration process. 

WALK IN FOR 24 AND UNDER -   Monday's Only

Please note there is no walk-in session on a Saturday; this clinic is appointment ONLY for Contraception and will run from 09:00 to 12:00.

However, If you 24 or under you can drop in to our Contraception and Sexual Health session on Mondays between 14:00 and 16:00. This clinic has limited capacity and although we will do our best to see you we cannot guarantee this, so we advise you to arrive by 13:45.

 

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King's Chambers

Address: 39 - 41 Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1JL

Services:

  • C-card
  • Chlamydia testing
  • Condoms
  • Contraception
  • Emergency contraception
  • HIV care
  • HIV testing
  • STI testing
  • Support and advice

Local information:

There is no parking available on site, however there are plenty of pay and display car parks in the city centre. When you get to King's Chambers, please follow the sign in the entrance hall to direct you to reception.

Patients are advised to call before their journey (during the hours below) for the most up to date clinic information. Please call 0300 300 3030 for appointments. Telephone lines are open:

 

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thur

Fri

Sat

Sun and Bank Holidays

 9.00 - 19.30  9.00 - 19.30  9.00 - 19.30  9.00 - 19.30 9.00 - 16.30 10.15 - 12.30

Closed

 

SLIP (Sex, Law, Internet and Porn) is one of our new initiatives and aims to support both young offenders and any young person who did not fully engage with RSE (Relationships & Sex Education) at school.

The programme is comprised of 6 sessions and is open to young people up to age 18, living in   Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.    

We can tailor SLIP to meet the needs of participants, by running group sessions or taking individual referrals.

SLIP is available to young people age 19-25 and for young people outside of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for a charge. Please contact us for details.

DHIVERSE, Office B, Dales Brewery,

Gwydir Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LJ

Tel: 01223 508805

enquiries@dhiverse.org.uk

www.dhiverse.org.uk

We offer a range of free and confidential sexual health services to young people in Cambridgeshire.
  • condoms
  • pregnancy testing service
  •  chlamydia & gonorrhoea testing

No appointment is necessary – if you’re 25 or under, just pop in whenever we’re open (Cambridge, Wisbech or Ely), give us a call or drop us an email. Sex and relationships can be hard to talk about sometimes. At Centre 33 we’re used to talking to people about all sorts of things – we’re not embarrassed by them, which hopefully makes it easier for you to talk to us. If you’re worried about what contraception to use, whether you’re ready to have sex or anything else that might be tricky or embarrassing to talk to some other people about, we’re here to listen and to help.

“treat you like an adult, respect and dignity”

Brook offers advice and information on sexual health, contraception, pregnancy and relationships. Brook has services across the UK providing free and confidential sexual health services to young people under 25.

TICS AND TOURETTES

Most people with Tourette Syndrome (TS) are diagnosed as children or teenagers. Children generally start to tic between ages five and seven, but they can start as young as three years old.

Tourette Syndrome is an inherited, neurological condition, the key features of which are tics, involuntary and uncontrollable sounds and movements.

CHUMS have some good information on Tics and Tourettes it gives information on what it is and how it can be managed. There is also some useful tips for parents.

Tourettes Action

Tourettes action offers some great advice for young people .

Who else can help me?

LOCAL SUPPORT AND SERVICES

Below is a list of local services that you may find helpful, many of these you can access yourself right away.  If negative feelings don't go away, are too much for you to cope with, or are stopping you from carrying on with your normal life, then ask for help. If you are worried then accessing one of these services or speaking to your GP is a great way to start.  Kooth LogoKooth – 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 11-18 years olds (up to 19th birthday) with a Cambridgeshire and Peterborough postcode can access the service for free.

You can watch the new Kooth video here.

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CHUMS Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing ServiceCHUMS

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 Sawtry Youth and Community Centre, Green End Road, Sawtry 3-5 pm every Wednesday, Huntingdon Youth Centre 4-6 pm Every Thursday as part of the Here: Now service, Fridays 3.00 pm-4.30 pm at Cambridge Central library , Wisbech Wednesdays 3.30 pm-5.00 pm Awdry House,Peterborough ( only up to 18 years) Tuesdays 3.30pm-4.40pm Youth Access Hub 49 Lincoln Road ( from 26.2.19)
  • 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 http://chums.uk.com/cambs-referral-forms 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 - http://chums.uk.com/downloads

For further information contact:

Peterborough           0330 0581 657

Cambridgeshire       0330 0581 659

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Centre 33 offers a range of support for young people (up to 26th birthday) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Centre 33 can help with all sorts of issues from housing, sexual health and money worries to family problems and bullying, no matter how big or small the problem is.

‘Someone to Talk To’ drop-in sessions and a helpline operate across the county 5 days a week. They also provide a schools counselling service and a young carers’ project. Centre 33 have an open access policy and young people can refer themselves to the service, by dropping in or phoning.

For more information on the Centre 33 service visit their website or call (0333 4141809) or email (help@centre33.org.uk).


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 New Horizons at Centre 33

New Horizons is a partnership of 7 organisations across the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership. Centre 33 has a New Horizons Coach in their team.

If you are experiencing money issues that are causing a barrier to

  • moving closer to work
  • using the internet and getting on-line to save money and get better deals
  • getting into training and job seeking

contact Sam on Sam@centre33.org.uk or 0333 4141 809

 Sam can meet with you in a comfortable one-to-one setting and support you in forming a plan to enable you to get closer to your goals. You can ask for support with CV writing application form skills, interview skills, exploring volunteer options, exploring education/training options, help with getting online, support in starting to job search or anything else that may help you move forward.


 


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HERE:NOW (this service will continue to be open after 1st January 2018)- There are drop-in sessions available in  Huntingdon which are suitable for those aged between 13-25 years old which provide a place for you to go when you need someone to talk to confidentially. You can turn up without an appointment and get information and advice as well as one-to-one counselling, or join a workshop on things like Mindfulness. The drop-ins are being run by Huntingdon Locality Early Help Team.

Opening Times & Locations:

Huntingdon Youth Centre, Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon - open between 2pm and 8pm every Thursday. Click here for poster

 

 

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 up to the age of 24 if they have 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: time4u@embrace.cvoc.org.uk or visit the website: www.embracecvoc.org.uk.


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STARS offer 1:1 pre and post bereavement counselling support to children and young people up to the age of 25 years old, who live in Cambridgeshire, (not currently Peterborough). Referrals can be made by young people if over 16 years of age or they can ask parents, carers, doctor, teacher or any professional involved in their care to refer for them. Our referral form is accessible via our website www.talktostars.org.uk  Our sessions can be provided the STARS offices in Trumpington in Cambridge or at the child or young person’s school or college. Our aim is it to facilitate counselling support in an environment that feels safe and secure and causes he least disruption to their day.

STARS counsellors also provide telephone guidance and advice if required and can be contacted on 01223 863511 or at info@talktostars.org.uk

Books on prescriptionThis scheme provides recommended expert endorsed books about mental health for 13-18 year-olds through libraries. The books provide high-quality information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues. Topics include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, bullying and exams. Collections are available through Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Libraries’.

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS provides a wide range of services for children, young people and their families. You may be referred from a variety of agencies for an assessment, advice and support to help you with a mental health problem. They offer a wide range of treatment options including family therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and group therapy. CAMHS services may be suitable for you if you are up to the age of 17 (or 18 if they have a learning disability), if you are older then you will be looked after by adult services.

To find out what to expect when you first go to the local CAMHS service visit this PAGE

For more general information on CAMH services see My CAMH Choices and this link from Young Minds for a who's who in terms of professional roles.


YMCA

 

YMCA Trinity Group

YMCA Trinity Group, a locally-based charity, offers support across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and into Northamptonshire. They provide a wide range of emotional wellbeing services for children, young people and adults through a number of projects.

YMCA Menu of Services was designed to offer schools and partners a range of services to improve the physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of young people in their care. Services are arranged so that organisations can select the ingredients that will best address their needs.

Services include: Counselling & Therapy, Mentoring, Family Work, Group Work, Health & Wellbeing Qualifications, Staff Training, Train The Trainer, Parent/Student Workshops, Feel Stress Free self-help App, and strategy development.  For more information, go to the website here or contact us on 01733 373187 or email lisa.smith@ymcatrinity.org.uk.’

YMCA Trinity Group provide a number of services via schools.  Click here for details

 

red balloon

Red Balloon supports young people who self-exclude from school and are missing education because of bullying or other trauma. We provide an academic and therapeutic programme to enable our students to get back on track and reconnect with society.

 

 

blue smile

Blue Smile provides arts-based, long term therapy in Cambridgeshire schools, for children aged 3-13 who are struggling with mental and emotional issues. The charity works closely with the school and parents for the best possible outcomes, even for children with the most complex and challenging needs. As well as one to one therapy, they supply staff training and supervision, workshops, group work and parenting programmes.  See their website for the costs and details of these services.

 

 

 

 

It is estimated that at any given time up to 200,000 children in the UK are affected by having a parent or close family member in prison. This is more than the number affected by divorce.

Ormiston Families Breaking Barriers is a non-judgemental, early intervention service providing support for children and young people affected by the imprisonment of a close family member.

Through offering tailored one to one support Breaking Barriers aims to reduce anxiety around prison, support emotional wellbeing and assist in engagement with school.

We work in schools, family homes, or wherever a young person feels safe, to help them come to terms with the emotional trauma.

www.ormiston.org/BreakingBarriers 

 

The kite trust

The Kite Trust (Previously know as SexYOUality) are Cambridgeshire’s leading organisation working with LGBT+ young people. We are proud to promote the health, well-being, and inclusion of LGBT+ young people across Cambridgeshire; raising awareness, supporting, and educating our local communities.

 


cogwheel trust

The Cogwheel Trust provides counselling support for adults and young people  in Cambridge and the surrounding areas. Parents can refer their child into the service which is based in Cambridge. The Cogwheel Trust is a charity and it asks for donations towards appointments based on income. To find out more visit their website or call 01223 464385. Arts and Minds logo

Arts on Prescription is a series of friendly, weekly art workshops for people experiencing depression, stress or anxiety. Led by a professional artist and a qualified counsellor, they offer the chance to experience working with a wide range of materials and techniques, including drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Sessions last for two hours and are open to all abilities – no experience necessary. It is planned that sessions will open up to young people in 2015/16. For more information on how to be referred to the service visit the website.

 


Make do and mend
Make Do and Mend provide workshops for people who experience mental distress. These workshops aim to promote recovery by developing self-esteem through developing skills. Workshops include areas such as candle making, guitar and cookery. There is a small membership fee to join Make Do and Mend. 

 


Red2GreenRed2Green
– Helping people in the place they live and progress to volunteering. 

Red2Green
Harvey's Barn
Park End
Swaffham Bulbeck
Cambridge
CB25 0NA

Tel: 01223 811662 x 222

 

 

 CAMEO

Cameo – Early intervention service for psychosis. Provides support for individuals, families, carers and friends. 

 

Road Victims Trust

Road Victims Trust – Supporting the victims of serious road collisions with emotional and practical support. Takes direct referrals from the Road Police Team or self-referral.

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Cambridgeshire County Council have a Family Information Directory where you can search for local services.

The Local Offer describes the services and support available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25 and their families in

Cambridgeshire. 


Peterborough City CouncilPeterborough City Council have a Family Information Service where you can search for local services.

The Local Offer describes the services and support available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25 and their families in

Peterborough. British Association for Counselling Psychotherapy

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) provides a register of counsellors and psychotherapists accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

 

 Healthwatch LogoHealthwatch Peterborough

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are an independent champion for people who use health and social care services. They listen to what people like about services, what could be improved and share people’s views with those with the power to make change happen. They also help people find the information they need about services in their area. Healthwatch have the power to ensure people’s voices are heard by government and those running services to involve people in decisions that affect them. Their sole purpose is to help make care better for people. Read more about Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough here.

 Youth Connect Logo

Get in touch and get involved. Sign up to Youth Connect, a young people’s newsletter, and hear from health and social care decision makers about issues that are important to you. This might be by joining a focus group, filling in questionnaires, or maybe even starting your own campaign. Sing up here.

 

Adult Mental Health Services

Depending on your needs there are a range of adult services that can help including specific services Eating Disorders, Psychosis and Affective Disorders (for example anxiety or depression). Usually you will be referred to the service that's most appropriate to you by your GP, so start by booking an appointment at your local doctors surgery for advice on services that may be able to help you.

ACT Psychological wellbeing

The Psychological Wellbeing Service (also known as 'IAPT') can offer support to those aged 17 and over via a range of brief supported self-help and talking therapy options. You can self-refer to the service of be referred by your GP. For further information visit the website.

 

SLIP (Sex, Law, Internet and Porn) is one of our new initiatives and aims to support both young offenders and any young person who did not fully engage with RSE (Relationships & Sex Education) at school.

The programme is comprised of 6 sessions and is open to young people up to age 18, living in   Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.    

We can tailor SLIP to meet the needs of participants, by running group sessions or taking individual referrals.

SLIP is available to young people age 19-25 and for young people outside of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for a charge. Please contact us for details.

DHIVERSE, Office B, Dales Brewery,

Gwydir Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LJ

Tel: 01223 508805

enquiries@dhiverse.org.uk

www.dhiverse.org.uk

 Finding local services

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

 

PETERBOROUGH

 

If you can't find the location you are looking for it is worth checking out the Family Information Directory (if you live in Cambridgeshire) or the Family Information Service (If you live in Peterborough) as that may have the information you need.

 

We will be adding more services and resources as this website develops, but if there are other services you think we should know about then let us know through our feedback form!

NATIONAL SUPPORT

Below are some national organisations that provide information and support on different areas of young people's mental health. There is also specific information on certain topics on the bullyingsuicide, stress and anxiety and  sleep sections of this website.

 

Young Minds logoThe Young Minds website is a fantastic resource that has sections for young people, parents and professionals. There is lots of information on all aspects of young people's mental health.

There is also confidential online and telephone support (0808 8025544), including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the

age of 25. The helpline is open 9am-4:30pm.

 

Stem 4 logo

Stem4 offers lots of advice and information for teenagers with mental health conditions.

 

MH HubNHS Choices have a hub of information on young people's mental health which has information on when to seek support for low mood and information on specific topics such as self-harm and bipolar disorder.

 

 

British Association for Counselling Psychotherapy

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) provides a register of counsellors and psychotherapists accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

 

  Head meds

HeadMeds gives information for young people on psychiatric medication and conditions.

 

childline

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. It provides signposting and information and is open 24 hours.  

Royal College of Psychiatrists logoThe Royal College of Psychiatrists has series of leaflets and films for young people, parents and carers on wide variety of mental health.

 

rethink

Rethink Siblings project is for siblings affected by mental health issues and provides information on how you can support your sibling and look after your own wellbeing.

They also offer an information and support service for everyone affected by mental illness, ( RAIS Rethink Advice and Information Service: 0300 5000 927 open 10.00-14.00 Monday-Friday)

 

beatBeat are an Eating Disorder charity and have lots of information on their website, plus helplines for young people and adults. Eating disorders include bulimia and anorexia nervosa, for more information on these conditions visit Young Minds.  

 

BWW

Big White Wall is an online support and recovery service for people aged 16 and over who are stressed, anxious, low or not coping. Big White Wall enables members to support and help each other and share what’s troubling them in a safe and anonymous environment. There is also guidance from trained professionals, who are online 24/7. There is a charge for this service. 

 

CALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Check out the website for futher support or Click here for their helpline.

 

hope again

Hope Again is a 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.

 

contact a family logoContact a Family provides information, advice and support. We bring families together so they can support each other. We campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.

 

 Blurt foundation logo

Blurt Foundation - Community led project dedicated to supporting those affected by Depression.

 

 bipolar Uk logo

Bipolar UK - Are the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. Their work includes youth support groups.   

student minds logo

StudentMinds - is the UK's student mental health charity. They want students to have the skills, knowledge and confidence to talk about their mental health and look out for their peers

 

stonewall

Stonewall - We are here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people know they are not alone

 

 

To let us know of services and resources you think should be added to this site, get in touch via the feedback form and please leave your email address.

 

SUPPORT FOR YOUNG CARERS

 

 

 

 Young Carers - If you are a young person caring for someone with mental health problems,a disability,addiction or any illness, then you can access support via Centre 33's young carers project. Centre 33 provides a range of free and confidential services for 8-18 year old young carers who live in  Cambridgeshire. Telephone Helpline: 0333 4141 809, Email: help@centre33.org.uk.

The Centre 33 Young Carers Project can help by:

Providing someone to talk to

Providing one-to-one support and small group support

Offering support in school

Working with you to make sure your voice is heard

Raising awareness of young carers’ issues

If you are a professional or a family member concerned about a Young Carer then please see here.

Further information can be found at the Cambridgeshire County Councils Young Carers Page HERE!

 

 

LOSING A LOVED ONE~BEREAVEMENT

The death of a loved one can be devastating,bereavement affects people in different ways. There's no right or wrong way to feel.

Stages of bereavement or grief

Experts generally accept there are four stages of bereavement: 

  • accepting that your loss is real
  • experiencing the pain of grief
  • adjusting to life without the person who has died 
  • putting less emotional energy into grieving and putting it into something new – in other words, moving on

You'll probably go through all these stages, but you won't necessarily move smoothly from one to the next. Your grief might feel chaotic and out of control, but these feelings will eventually become less intense.

Feelings of grief

Give yourself time – these feelings will pass. You might feel:

  • shock and numbness – this is usually the first reaction to the death, and people often speak of being in a daze
  • overwhelming sadness, with lots of crying
  • tiredness or exhaustion
  • anger – for example, towards the person who died, their illness, or God
  • guilt – for example, guilt about feeling angry, about something you said or didn't say, or about not being able to stop your loved one dying

Coping with grief

Talking and sharing your feelings with someone can help. Don't go through this alone. For some people, relying on family and friends is the best way to cope. 

If you don't feel you can talk to them much – perhaps you aren't close, or they're grieving, too – you can contact local bereavement services through:

 

 

Cruse Bereavement offer advice,support ( including counselling) and information for those that have lost a loved one. 

 

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Stars Cambridge 

Supporting Young People Facing Grief. Everyone will experience,bereavement during their life, but for young people, the death of a parent or another important person in their lives can be terrible to deal with.

Young people need time to be listened to and to speak about their fears and hopes for the future, but sometimes that’s difficult when others in the family are coping with their own grief. It can be helpful for young people to have support from someone outside of the family, to enable them to share their thoughts and emotions, which if left unexpressed, can lead to anger, disruptive behaviour and concentration issues at school.

Our counsellors, in Cambridgeshire, can help by listening and encouraging young people to express their painful emotions through creative play and work.

Hope again 

Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.

 

The Sue Ryder Charity charity offers emotional support going through grief or for those that have a relative with a terminal illness. http://www.sueryder.org/advice-support/grief-publication

Child Bereavement UK is a national charity which offers support to Children facing bereavement or to families having experienced the loss of a child.

BBC Radio 1 has lots of information for young people on coping with grief Please see here

Winstons Wish is a charity specialising in helping young people and children cope with the bereavement of a parent or sibling.

SOBS offer support for those that are survivors of bereavement through suicide.

Dying matters offers support around the death of a loved one or for those pre-bereavement

Maggies centre in Cambridge offers emotional and practical support to those where a member of the family has cancer.

The NHS has lots of useful advice and support during Bereavement which can be found HERE

Pop star  George Shelley from Union J talks about his struggle with grief following the death of his sister-watch the programme on BBC iplayer HERE

 

HEALTHY AND UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Healthy relationships

This is a caring relationship

  • Being good friends
  • Freedom to do your own thing
  • Time and space to see your friends
  • Having your own interests
  • Knowing your opinions are respected
  • Listening to each other
  • Having fun together
  • Trusting each other
  • Being able to disagree with each other
  • Being able to go at your own pace- including sexuality
  • Making decisions together
  • Being able to talk about it when you have an argument
  • Feeling safe
  • Respecting the decisions if either of you want to end the relationship

This is not a caring relationship

  • Your boyfriend/girlfriend gets angry when you talk to someone else.
  • Your boyfriend/girlfriend is verbally aggressive or physically threatening.
  • Your boyfriend/girlfriend calls you names, puts you down, and makes you feel bad.
  • Your boyfriend/girlfriend uses force, threats, emotional blackmail, or bargains to make you do things you don’t want to do.
  • Your boyfriend/girlfriend threatens to harm any of your family, friend, pets or property.
  • Your boyfriend/girlfriend posts unpleasant or intimately revealing things about you on the internet.

 

If any of these things are happening to you, you may be in an abusive relationship.

Relationship abuse is not a one off event. It is a cycle and usually gets worse if nothing is done to stop it.

It is not your fault- Abusers are responsible for their behaviour. If you are in an abusive relationship the best thing you can do is to end it. This may be tough and you may need help.

  • Find support from the people who care about you
  • Contact one of the support agencies listed below
  • Go out in groups (not alone) for a while
  • Carry a mobile phone or phone card and phone numbers of people or organisations who can offer support
  • Carry money
  • Make sure you can always get home safely
  • Speak to an adult you trust or one of the organisations below for support.

 

Where to go for help?

If you are in immediate danger call the police on 999

www.Centre33.org.uk
A free, confidential service offering young people information and support on any issue.
Centre 33, 33 Clarendon Street , Cambridge CB1 1JX Tel:  01223 316448 Open Monday – Wednesday 10am – 5pm, Friday & Saturday 10am – 1.30pm

www.disrespectnobody.co.uk

http://thehideout.org.uk/

www.fearless.org support and a way of reporting issues such as violence, cybercrime and sexual assault/abuse.

www.worriedneed2talk.org.uk
Information and support for children and young people about lots of issues, including abuse and where to go for help.

www.thekitetrust.org.uk   “Gender and sexuality supporting young people.” Access to services for LGBT+ people in Cambridgeshire under the age of 25

www.childline.org.uk
Helpline 0800 11 11
Councillors can talk to you about any problem if you are 18 or younger.

http://cambridgerapecrisis.org.uk/
Sexual violence helpline for women and men 01223 245888

The Mix  now has information and support on healthy relationships

VICTIMS OF CRIME

Being a victim of a crime and witnessing a crime can be very traumatic. This can cause harm to your mental health, this can happen straight away or develop over time. Getting help is nothing to be ashamed of. 

If you have been a victim of crime,there is support available for you both locally and nationally.

Victim support

Phone: 0808 168 9111 ( 24 hour helpline)

Website can be found here

Rape Crisis

To find your local service phone: 0808 802 9999 ( daily, 12 to 2.30 pm and 7-9.30 pm)

website can be found here

Embrace

Child victims of crime Phone: 0345 60 999 60

Website can be found here!

Road Victims Trust

 Road Victims Trust Supporting the victims of serious road collisions with emotional and practical support. Takes direct referrals from the Road Police Team or self-referral.

Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?

CEOP is a law enforcement agency and is there to help keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. They help thousands of children and young people every year who have been in a similar situation to you.

They are there to help and give you advice, and you can make a report directly to then if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online.

For further advice or to report something please see HERE!

ONLINE SAFETY

Online safety can be a worry for both young people and their parents. Below are some ways of keeping safe on line. Further information can be found on the National online safety website.

Also some further info on our Bullying page.

The excellent website Young Minds has some great information on online safety, protecting your privacy and the pressures of being online, lots of information HERE!

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Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?

CEOP is a law enforcement agency and is there to help keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. They help thousands of children and young people every year who have been in a similar situation to you.

They are there to help and give you advice, and you can make a report directly to then if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online.

For further advice or to report something please see HERE!

RESOURCES

Children's Mental Health awareness week is coming up in February, please see below some useful links for preparation.

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

 

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/resources/create-download-materials#/~/embed/resources/collection/223

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

 

PODCASTS

 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. 

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES LEAFLET

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.

 

OTHER USEFUL LINKS

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

 The BBC have a range of videos about young people and things that they worry about including anxiety,OCD and Bullying.They 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.

All about Mental Health

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!

 

 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.

 

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

 

Young Minds logo    well informed logo    BBC logo    

 

 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.

 

Image source (top of the page) : http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/mental-health-services-explained/Pages/accessing%20services.aspx  

 

MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

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

 

  • 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  
  • Bi-Polar UK aslo has some useful information https://www.bipolaruk.org/
  • 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!

 

 

 

 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S VIEWS

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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CURRENT NEWS

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

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/resources

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

May 2019

May 2019

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 www.caprcp.org.uk.
  • 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.

22.1.19

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/21/freephone-helpline-for-stressed-families-to-be-launched?CMP=twt_gu

Coming up....

Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

4-10 February 2019
Please see below for useful resources

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

 

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/resources/create-download-materials#/~/embed/resources/collection/223

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

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January 2019

Jan 19

18.12.18

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

12.12.18

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 bemindful.co.uk 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 https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/.
  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 https://www.keep-your-head.com/cyp/CP-MHS/need-help-now/what-to-do-if-you-or-someone-else-is-in-crisis
  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!

 

November 2018-Try something New

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.

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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?

https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/staff-wellbeing/supporting-staff-wellbeing-in-schools-booklet/ 

 

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 - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WWMLU/
  2. For Young people (up to 25 years of age) - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/3NOUN/

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.

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/my-story-of-self-harm-recovery/

 

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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1HsY1X8ySjKBMVXPVCbP4qH/exam-stress 

 

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.

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/ 

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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 http://bit.ly/chathealth-cambs

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: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/ 

 

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: time4u@embrace.cvoc.org.uk  or visit the website: www.embracecvoc.org.uk.

 

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: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day-2018 

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 ccs.ehw@nhs.net. 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: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/talking-mental-health-with-secondary-pupils/ 

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 http://chums.uk.com/cambs-referral-forms 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 - http://chums.uk.com/downloads

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.

Alice's story - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/42008462/people-with-schizophrenia-arent-all-dangerous

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:

http://www.cameo.nhs.uk/

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: http://www.keep-your-head.com/cyp/CP-MHS/professionals-1/events-1 

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: http://www.keep-your-head.com/cyp/CP-MHS/teachers-and-school-staff/pshe-films

Find other useful resources and information for those working in schools/colleges here: http://www.keep-your-head.com/cyp/CP-MHS/teachers-and-school-staff/teachers-and-school-staff

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: http://www.keep-your-head.com/cyp/CP-MHS/self-help/bullying 

 

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: http://chums.uk.com/

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 https://kooth.com/

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.

http://www.annafreud.org/insights/blogs/2017/07/blog-kirsty-spicer-reflects-on-her-experience-with-body-image/ 

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: http://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/ 

 

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: http://www.keep-your-head.com/CP-MHS/self-help/mental-health-apps

If there is a free app you find helpful for keeping well, then please drop us a message via our contact page: http://www.keep-your-head.com/form/cfe02bd7-f7ea-4832-b12f-1d372a8a6224

 

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: https://en-gb.facebook.com/help/594991777257121/

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. http://epicfriends.co.uk/ 

 

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 https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/5658/talking-about-self-harm

In order to register for the afternoon session please use this link https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/5666/talking-about-self-harm

If you have any problems registering please contact Becky Wright becky.wright5@nhs.net

Talking about self-harm flyer

 

 

June 2017

Keep Your Head Promotion

We are running a short survey on the best way to promote the www.keep-your-head.com 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 www.kooth.com

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 www.kooth.com. 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: www.kooth.com

 

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:

GCSE Wellbeing Guides CWMT

 

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: https://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90029017/YoungPeopleInsights

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: amplified@youngminds.org.uk

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.

Self-harm

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: http://www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/self-harm-free-online-course/
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 http://www.talktostars.org.uk/children_youngpeople

 

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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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. http://www.youngminds.org.uk/noharmdone

 No Harm Done

 

December 2016

 reindeer bigTips for coping with the festive season

Christmas can be a challenging time for everyone's mental health. Check out these tips and ideas for staying well:

The Mental Health Foundation talk about the importance of taking a break, keeping in touch, keeping active and eating well over the Christmas break. NHS choices have tips on keeping calm at Christmas. See National Minds tips on getting through Christmas from their followers on twitter. Young Minds has advice for parents at Christmas time.

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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.

Coping with SH

 

October 2016

HeadScape

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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.

5 Ways Poll Pie Chart

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.

 heads together

 

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! 

 Stress LessTake time to do nothing

 

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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RESOURCES

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

 

PODCASTS

 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!

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES LEAFLET

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.

 

OTHER USEFUL LINKS

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.

About this site

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

This website is a central point for information on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This site signposts you to important online information and local services on mental health and wellbeing for young people. It’s for children, young people, parents, carers, teachers and other professionals.

It has some dedicated pages for young people, parents, teachers and professionals under 'How can I help myself', 'Need help now' and 'Resources'. If you are a young person, parent/carer or professional looking for tailored advice and support, also have a look at www.youngminds.org.uk. 

WHO CREATED THIS WEBSITE?

This website was funded by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group and developed by Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, with support from local voluntary and other public sector services. A focus group of local children and young people have provided feedback on the content and search terms. Over 50 local young people voted on the name and domain name for the website via social media. Most of the photographs displayed on the site were kindly produced by photography students at Cambridge Regional College including: Amber Sondhi, Chloe Balcombe, Eleanor Jackson, Joshua Tweddell, Laura Flaherty, Liam Hardingham, Lina Joaquim, Tom Wells and Zoe Dench.

WEBSITE FEEDBACK 

The content of this website will be checked regularly, but we are open to ongoing feedback and will make changes to the site as needed. Please let us know what you think of this website. Do you have any ideas on how it could be improved? Are there any links that are broken or information that is out of date?  Please be aware that there will be no response to any comments added to this form. 

If you need urgent help now see the NEED HELP NOW SECTION

FEEDBACK

Site Feedback

The content of this website will be checked regularly, but we are open to ongoing feedback and will make changes to the site as needed. Please let us know what you think of this website. Do you have any ideas on how it could be improved? Are there any links that are broken or information that is out of date?  Please be aware that there will be no response to any comments added to this form. 

If you need urgent help now see our page HERE 

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CONTACT US

If you have any questions or queries about the website or you would like your organisations information to be included on the site then please contact.

Marie Cassidy

keepyourhead@centre33.org.uk

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Parents & Carers

WELCOME TO THE PARENTS AND CARERS SECTION

Information and support for parents and carers

How to support your teen on results day....

Results day can be stressful for everyone,take a look at the Happiful website for tips on supporting your teen on results day.

New telephone line launched....

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/21/freephone-helpline-for-stressed-families-to-be-launched?CMP=twt_gu

HAPPYMAPS is a new website aimed at parents and carers around emotional wellbeing for children and covers ages 0-young adults, although the website is based in Bristol there is lots of useful information and tips on supporting good mental health and wellbeing for the whole family.

There is a good guide HERE on supporting your child with mental health issues. The article also has information of services that might be of help.

Child mental health

 

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Young Minds offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice. Call the Parents' Helpline free on 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm), email parents@youngminds.org.uk or see the Young Minds parents section for further information . For more information on the parent helpline see HERE!

pinpointPinpoint is an independent information, support and involvement network for parents. They also run groups for parents of children and young people who have undiagnosed or diagnosed ADHD or ASD. Pinpoint also support a parent group around self-harm and other mental health issues.

 https://www.pinpoint-cambs.org.uk/support-groups/listen-cambridge/ 

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Pinpoint also work with RETHINK further information can be found Here!

Support groups for parents/carers of a child with Autism  can be found Here! 

 

Little Miracles

 Little Miracles is a charity that supports families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions,Little Miracles run counselling sessions for parents too. They have several branches in Cambridgeshire and their HQ is in Peterborough .

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Stem4 offers advice for teenagers and parents on mental health issues

 

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MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults. There is a specific section dedicated to families with information on what to do if you are worried about your child, common problems, teenage development and building confidence and resilience in children and much more!

 

CPSL Mind 

Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind - They provide a wide range of services across the county to support those recovering from mental health challenges, promote positive mental health and tackle mental health-related stigma and discrimination within our communities. They have the Stress Less Project to support young people, but will support adults with any concerns about their own mental health and wellbeing.

SANE

Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 ( daily 4.30 pm-10.30 pm)

Textcare:comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most  http://www.sane.org.uk/textcare

 

Ormiston Families is the East of England’s leading family charity, supporting children, young people and families to manage the challenges they face and improve their life chances.

We provide wide-ranging support for children and young people, from mental health services, help to bridge the gap between home and school, to support for imprisonment and much more

www.ormiston.org

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Family lives

Advice on all aspects of parenting including dealing with bullying Phone: 0808 800 2222 

Website is 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. 

one you It's really important to look after your own mental health and wellbeing when you are looking after others. Check out the national One You Public Health campaign and complete the quiz for tailored information on how to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

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Best beginnings supports 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.

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The Childrens Society has lots of information on young peoples mental health and advice for parents.

rethink

 

Rethink helpline for carers of people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses Tel: Office hours 01354 655786

Making Space is a national charity providing information and support for those who care for those with a mental health condition. They have a group in Cambridgeshire, more information can be found HERE

 

Internet safety-lots of interesting info below on internet safety and HERE

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internet safety

internet safety

internet safety

 

 

 

Carer Support

CARER SUPPORT

What are care and support services?

Care and support services, also known as social care services, help people who are in need of practical support due to illness, disability, old age or a low income. 

Care and support services could include having a personal assistant to help you around the home, structural changes to help you move around or manage in your house, or even an alarm system so that you can call for help if you have a fall.

Social care services are available to everyone, regardless of their background.

However, social care is subject to rules about your needs and ability. Services can also support the families or carers of people who receive social care.

If you are looking after an ill, disabled or frail elderly relative or friend, you should recognise yourself as a carer. Carers can get a range of support from social care, and can be vital for helping arrange social care support for the person they care for. There are charities that support particular groups of carers, including sibling carers and young carers.

If you want to talk to someone about how to get support as a carer, you can call the Carers Direct helpline on 0300 123 1053.

What benefits can carers get?

Knowing what benefits you and the person you care for are entitled to can make a real difference.

For example, you might be able to get a break from caring, or get help with pay for certain costs, or make a difference to your pension entitlements in the future.

There are three main types of benefits:

  • Benefits if you're not in paid employment – "earnings replacement benefits".
  • Benefits that help pay for extra costs, such as those relating to disability or having a child.
  • Benefits and tax credits that top up low income if you're in work – "means-tested benefits"

Carer's Allowance, an earnings replacement benefit, is the main benefit for carers. You may be eligible if you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more.

For more information on what benefits you can get as a carer click the link below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support/benefits-for-carers/

Services you can get in contact with for support:

If you are a carer, the helpline advisers can give you information to help make decisions about your personal support needs and the needs of the person you're looking after.

This information includes assessments, benefits, direct payments, individual budgets, time off and maintaining, leaving or going back to work or education. The Carers Direct helpline doesn't however; provide personal financial, medical or legal advice and doesn't provide casework, advocacy, representation or counselling.

We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

We do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners and through the provision of grants to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives.

Rethink Mental Illness was established by carers over 40 years ago and carers continue to play a key role at every level within our organisation. Supporting carers and giving them and those they care for a voice in every aspect of mental health provision is a key aim for us.

We provide services in the heart of local communities, in the comfort of people’s own homes, and specialist care and support services. Our professional, caring employees and volunteers deliver our services with dignity, respect and compassion, focusing on outcomes that help the people we support have the freedom to enjoy an everyday life.

Helping Cambridgeshire parents who have children with additional needs and disabilities. Pinpoint Cambridgeshire is run for parents – by parents. We give help and information to parent carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities, and give parent carers opportunities to have a say and get involved in improving local services.

Young people in caring roles who would like advice or support can contact one of the following agencies:

  • Centre 33 – Young Carers Project Cambridge City

Centre 33 offers support to Young Carers across Cambridgeshire for information and referrals please visit Centre 33 or contact: Kate Rees  Tel: 01223 307488  E-mail: youngcarers@centre33.org.uk

  • Ormiston Trust Young Carers Project Fenland

Tel: 01945 463337  E-mail: joy.stoner@ormiston.org  please visit Ormiston Trust

  • Cambridgeshire County Council Young Carer support

Please visit the Young Carers page on the County Council website for the most up to date information

For a Young Carers Needs Assessment email youngcarers@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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