Who else can help me?
Below is a list of local support services and resources that you may find of help. Your GP is a good place to start, they may be able to support you, refer you to specialist children's services (CAMHS) or recommend other local support. If you don't want to go to your GP, there are other local services you can access yourself, see below. 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, you may need to get some extra support..
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 website. This leaflet also gives more information about the local CAMHS service and how you might be referred to it.
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.
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.
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 inforamtion visit the website.
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.
Centre 33 offer a range of support for young people (up to the age of 25) in Cambridgeshire. They can help with a range of issues from housing, to family problems and bullying, no matter how big or small the problem is. Centre 33 offer a drop-in service and free youth counselling services (with sessions available in Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland and Huntingdon), visit their website for more information.The Centre 33 phone line is answered from 10am Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Tuesday and Wednesday open until 8pm. Call 01223 316488 or you can also email email@example.com.
HERE:NOW - There are also drop-in sessions available in Peterborough and Huntingdon which 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 and Peterborough Local Youth Team and Centre 33.
Opening Times & Locations:
Peterborough Central Library (upstairs), Broadway, Peterborough - open between 2pm and 5pm every Friday. Click here for poster
Huntingdon Youth Centre, Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon - open between 2pm and 8pm every Thursday. Click here for poster
The YMCA offers a free and confidential one-to-one counselling service for young people aged between 13 and 25. Counselling sessions are available in Huntingdon, St Neots, Wisbech, March, Whittlesey, and Peterborough. The service runs Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Client are able to leave a voicemail message outside of these hours and a member of the Counselling service will contact them. Contact the Counselling Guidance Coordinator on 01733 373170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STARS offers support to children and young people who have experienced the death of an important person in their lives and those who know that someone important to them is going to die. The service is available for anyone up to the age of 25 years old living in Cambridgeshire. You can ask a parent, family member, doctor, teacher, friend or any other professional involved in your care to contact STARS for an initial appointment or you can contact the service yourself by phone (01223 863511) or email (email@example.com).
The 3Ts project (Trust, Talk, Take Action) in Peterborough offers talking therapies to 11-17 year olds. The service aims to help young people develop skills and understanding to manage emotions and behaviours. You can refer yourself for support, or a referral can be made on your behalf. Call 01733 567998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shelf Help - In September 2016 the Shelf Help scheme will be launched in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. A range of books that have been recommended by young people and health professionals about mental health will be available in public libraries. The books will be 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. Look out for more information on this website about the launch of the scheme locally! A similar service, called 'books on prescription' is already available for adults. For more information on what local libraries can provide visit - Cambridge and Peterborough
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 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.
Hey!Cambridge is a not-for-profit social enterprise commissioned by schools to provide early intervention support for children who are experiencing mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, phobia, attachment, adjustment, self-harm or eating difficulties. We bring together qualified and experienced Psychologists, Paediatricians, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists to provide an integrated assessment and support. See Hey Cambridge's new leaflet
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.
The Cogwheel Trust provides counselling support for adults and young people aged 6-16 years 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 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 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.
Red2Green – Helping people in the place they live and progress to volunteering. red2green.org
Cameo – Early intervention service for psychosis. Provides support for individuals, families, carers and friends.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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!