Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Children & Young People Mental Health Support

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YOUNG PEOPLE AND PARENTS

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

 

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.

samaritansThe 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. If you are a parent or carer, then they have specific information about how you can help your child if you find out they are struggling. 

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

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.

CAMEOCameo 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.

The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) provides service users, their carers and families with help, information and support to resolve concerns quickly and efficiently. Email PALS via pals@cpft.nhs.uk or call 0800 376 0775 (office hours Monday to Friday).

SUICIDE AND SELF-HARM SUPPORT

SUICIDE

Suicide is the biggest killer of young people (under the age of 35) in the UK. But most suicides are thought to be preventable. Some people feel afraid to talk about how they are feeling or don't know who to talk to, but there is help available whenever you need it so you should never feel alone. Below are some of the organisations that can help if you are feeling like you want to end your life, or if you are worried about someone you care about. There is also more information on crisis services locally on the following pages:

Young People & Parents  and Professionals

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

 

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.

 

 

  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 email:pat@papyrus-uk.org SMS:07786  209697).

 

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. These are also some leaflets that you may find helpful:

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

 Self harm leaflet  Coping with SH  Understanding and responding to SH  help is at hand cover shot

#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 

 

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. 

Some people find that doing other things can help to distract from their urge to cause themselves harm. Some ideas of what has worked for other young people can be found below: 

Information from the Royal College of Psychiatrists:

Alternatives to self-harm

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

Teen Help logo

Taylorfitch website