Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Children & Young People Mental Health Support

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LOCAL SUPPORT AND SERVICES


Due to the ongoing pandemic, a number of local services have had to make changes to how they provide support to children and young people, therefore the information on this page may not be the most up-to-date; however you can follow the links to the local services websites for their latest information. 

See our resources page here for information about Coronavirus and tips on how to look after your mental health at this time.

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.  


Centre 33 logo

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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Support for Young Carers

Young adult carers are young people aged 16-25 who provide unpaid care for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction. 

Centre 33 is here for all young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with emotional and practical support.  If you are a young adult carer aged 16-18 we can help with assessments, one to one support, specialist carer groups, information and advice, along with support around your transitions. See below for further information about the support we offer. 

Centre 33 work in partnership with Caring Together and Making Space who are able to provide support to carers aged 18 and above. Caring Together provide information and advice for carers, run services in local communities and campaign for carers’ rights and Making Space support those caring for an adult living with a mental health condition.  

What help and support do we offer?

ONE TO ONE SUPPORT

If you’re struggling with your caring role and would like some extra support, please get in touch with us and let us know. We’re able to offer 4-6 sessions of one to one support for young carers with complex caring needs which could include practical and/or emotional support, advocacy, activities and support to access other services. We can provide these sessions at a time or location that is convenient for you.

Due to Covid-19 we are currently providing this one to one support over the phone or online through Zoom. We hope it won’t be long before we’re able to start offering in person support again, as soon as we’re able to do this we will let you kno

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Young carers in year 11 and above will be entitled to a transitions assessment. We know that periods of change can be particularly difficult for young carers, and that young carers can feel like they have to choose between their future aspirations and caring for their family. To find out more about the transitions support we are able to offer please get in touch with us. 

 How can I get involved?

You can drop into Centre 33 and we can help you access support. Find details of our different hubs here. Due to Covid-19, these hubs are currently closed, we will let you know when this changes.

If you are aged 16-18 and would like to access support from the young carers service you will need to complete an online referral form which can be found here. Parents/guardians or any professionals working with you can complete this referral form for you on your behalf as long as you consent to the referral being made. If you are aged 13 or over you can complete this referral form yourself and do not need parental permission.

If you have any questions or would like some further information about the support we provide please get in touch with us.

Email: youngcarers@centre33.org.uk

Phone: 0333 4141 809

Text/WhatsApp: 07514783745

Note about  permission

At Centre 33 all our services are confidential. That means we will not tell anyone, without your permission, that you are in contact with us or what you tell us. If you are in the young carers project then your parents or carers and sometimes your college are informed and involved unless it is not appropriate or you don’t want them to be. We can discuss this with you.

That would only change if we thought you or someone else was at risk of serious harm. If we did have to talk to someone else to help keep you safe, we would always try to talk to you about that first.


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.


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.

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You can watch the new Kooth video here.


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

For further information contact:

Peterborough           0330 0581 657

Cambridgeshire       0330 0581 659

Update on Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service

From 1 July 2021, CHUMS will no longer be delivering the Emotional Wellbeing Service in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. From 1 July, a new service called Younited will be providing support for children and young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. 

We would like to reassure those already referred to CHUMS that the new service will continue to support you with your mental wellbeing, and this change will not affect the level of support offered to you.  Children and young people will be contacted by the new service in due course.

Younited will be provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) under a partnership agreement with Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, Centre 33, and Ormiston Families.

Professionals will be able to make a new referral to the Younited service from 1 July 2021.



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HERE:NOW - 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.


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


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 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 logoArts 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.


The Youth Wellbeing Directory may also be useful for finding free local and national support services. You can search by postcode/area, by name of service, or by issue or topic.


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.


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. Get in touch 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.


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


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.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory may also be useful for finding free local and national support services. You can search by postcode/area, by name of service, or by issue or topic.


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.


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. We recommend that you go via this website if you are interested in paying for private therapy. 


  

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 logo

The 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)


beat

Beat 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.

 

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Contact 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!

Support for Young Carers

Young adult carers are young people aged 16-25 who provide unpaid care for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction. 

Centre 33 is here for all young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with emotional and practical support.  If you are a young adult carer aged 16-18 we can help with assessments, one to one support, specialist carer groups, information and advice, along with support around your transitions. See below for further information about the support we offer. 

Centre 33 work in partnership with Caring Together and Making Space who are able to provide support to carers aged 18 and above. Caring Together provide information and advice for carers, run services in local communities and campaign for carers’ rights and Making Space support those caring for an adult living with a mental health condition.  

What help and support do we offer?

ONE TO ONE SUPPORT

If you’re struggling with your caring role and would like some extra support, please get in touch with us and let us know. We’re able to offer 4-6 sessions of one to one support for young carers with complex caring needs which could include practical and/or emotional support, advocacy, activities and support to access other services. We can provide these sessions at a time or location that is convenient for you.

Due to Covid-19 we are currently providing this one to one support over the phone or online through Zoom. We hope it won’t be long before we’re able to start offering in person support again, as soon as we’re able to do this we will let you know.

16+ TRANSISTIONS ASSESSMENT

Young carers in year 11 and above will be entitled to a transitions assessment. We know that periods of change can be particularly difficult for young carers, and that young carers can feel like they have to choose between their future aspirations and caring for their family. To find out more about the transitions support we are able to offer please get in touch with us. 

How can I get involved?

You can drop into Centre 33 and we can help you access support. Find details of our different hubs here. Due to Covid-19, these hubs are currently closed, we will let you know when this changes.

If you are aged 16-18 and would like to access support from the young carers service you will need to complete an online referral form which can be found here. Parents/guardians or any professionals working with you can complete this referral form for you on your behalf as long as you consent to the referral being made. If you are aged 13 or over you can complete this referral form yourself and do not need parental permission.

If you have any questions or would like some further information about the support we provide please get in touch with us.

Email: youngcarers@centre33.org.uk

Phone: 0333 4141 809

Text/WhatsApp: 07514783745

Note about consent

At Centre 33 all our services are confidential. That means we will not tell anyone, without your permission, that you are in contact with us or what you tell us. If you are in the young carers project then your parents or carers and sometimes your college are informed and involved unless it is not appropriate or you don’t want them to be. We can discuss this with you.

That would only change if we thought you or someone else was at risk of serious harm. If we did have to talk to someone else to help keep you safe, we would always try to talk to you about that first. 

 

 

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:

Coronavirus update... This digital booklet created by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, gives updated information about local services that can provide support for people who have lost a loved one at this time. They have specific sections about services for children and young people.

 

  

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 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.

                                                              

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

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

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


Centre 33
- 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 and Tuesday 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesday 12-5 pm Friday & Saturday 10 am – 1.30 pm

Disrespect Nobody - provides information and advice on what healthy and unhealthy relationships are. 

The Hideout - a website created by Women's Aid to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.

Love Respect - a website created by Women's Aid to provide information and advice on healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Fearless - provides support and a way of reporting issues such as violence, cybercrime and sexual assault/abuse.

The Kite Trust - a service providing information and support for LGBT+ people in Cambridgeshire under the age of 25.

Childline - Helpline 0800 11 11. Councillors can talk to you about any problem if you are 18 or younger.

Cambridge Rape Crisis - Sexual violence helpline for women and men 01223 245888.

The Mix - A young people's website which includes information and support on healthy relationships.

Embrace - Provides support for children and young people who have been a victim of crime (including violence and abuse).

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.

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

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.

Eating Disorder Support Information Workshops

The SUN Network and The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working together to co-design leaflets, top tips, myth busters and support information for people needing to access the eating disorder services and their carers/ loved ones.

We will be holding design workshops for people who have experienced having an eating disorder and separate workshops for carers/ loved ones.

The people best placed to help us design this information are people who have already used the eating disorder services or experienced an eating disorder or caring for someone with an eating disorder.(adult eating disorder services and those who have or are transitioning from children to adults services)

If you are interested in participating either of these sets of workshops which will run from January to June please contact:

Lois Sidney:
Email: lois.sidney@sunnetwork.org.uk
Call/Text/Whattsapp: 07712 358172


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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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.

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