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.

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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. See Feeling Good, Staying Healthy for information. 

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. 

Remember, if you are having thoughts about self-harm or are feeling suicidal then please look at the following pages instead: Support for Suicide or Self-Harm and Need Help Now

  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. 

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. 

Relax Kids logo

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

Be Mindful logoMindfulness is all about being in the present moment and paying attention to thoughts and feelings. Some people find that mindfulness helps them to relax and cope better with difficult situations. The 'Be Mindful' website has an introductory video which explains what mindfulness is provides some information on how to get started.

 

Mood juice logoMood 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 prescripShelf 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

Youthoria banner

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.

 

Living Life to the Full logo

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.

mindmate logo

Mind Mate - Thsi has some general advice for young people and parents. Under 'advice for young people' it has some good general infomration on coping with common issue and top tips on feeling good. Other info is lest relevant as it is specifit to the area of Leeds.

 

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.

 Madly in Love - A range of apps covering relationships and mental health advice for young people and their partners.

Mindz

Mindz is an app that helps you to learn the art of mediation and may be able to help with sleep too. 

 

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.

 

BULLYING

student face in hands

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 our 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.

 LTC4 Radio 1 larger version Kidscape NSPCCYouthoria banner

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.

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SUPPORT FOR PARENTS

There is a range of support available to help parents and carers when they are worried about their child. If you are worried about a child then encouraging them to talk about their feelings and watching them play can be helpful. 

Parenting Programmes - Parents and carers may sometimes want or need some extra help to deal with parenting issues. A range of parenting programmes are available aimed at dealing with different issues. For more information visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website.

Young Minds logo

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 

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.

mind ed

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.

 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. 

best beginnings logo

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.

 

SUPPORT FOR CARERS

If you are caring for other people, particularly people who are having problems with their mental health and wellbeing, it is important to get support for yourself too. 

pinpoint

Pinpoint 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.

 Centre 33Young Carers - If you are a young person caring for someone with mental health problems, 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: 01223 316 488, Email: help@centre33.org.uk.

 

Who else can help me?

LOCAL SUPPORT

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 – 25th birthday with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough postcode can access the service for free.

You can watch the new Kooth video here.

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 CHUMS

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

 

 Centre 33

Centre 33 offers a range of support for young people (up to the age of 25) 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.

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

C33 Feb 18

Here:Now logo

HERE:NOW (this service will contine to be open after 1st January 2018)- There are 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

 

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.

Stars new logo

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 (info@talktostars.org.uk). 

 


Books on prescripShelf 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

CPFT

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.

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 download the brochure here. 

 
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.

HEY CAMBRIDGE

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. They 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

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 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 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 mendMake 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.org 

 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 inforamtion visit the website.

  

 

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 and self-harm, stress 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.

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.

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. 

CALMCALM - 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.

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

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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

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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.

 

FINDING LOCAL SERVICES

Check out this new app on local health services.

 

Young people asked us to set out the locations and maps of local services. See our list below.

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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.

Also, please do use our feedback button if there are any services you would like us to add.

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. 

 

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.

 

 

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 

Inclusion

Inclusion offer support groups for friends and family members of those who may have substance misuse problems. They also offer substance misuse support for adults. They offer a wide range of advice and support, and you can refer yourself to the service in a number of ways.

If you live in the Peterborough area:Change Grow Live

#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.

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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.

 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:

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

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

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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. 

 

 

Young Minds LeafletYoung Minds have produced a leaflet that is aimed at anyone who has a family member suffering from mental illness. It explains what mental illness is, the different kinds of mental illnesses and their symptoms. It also looks at the causes of mental illness and the impact that it has on other family members.

 

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Source: Mental Health Foundation. 

For more facts and figures, and local data on mental health visit the Cambridgeshire Insight website. 

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:

  • Depression (a helpful Newsround Guide to Depression can be found here)
  • Anxiety (a helpful Newsround Guide to Anxiety can be found here)
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (often known as 'OCD')
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (often known as 'ADHD')

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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  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists has lots of information and leaflets on children’s mental health.
  • Cerebra have produced a great guide for parents around anxiety
  • Parents and carers may also find the MindEd website of use as it has details of a range of common problems that young people may experience.
  • 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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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. being happy being me image

 

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

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

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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.

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Leaflet on Self-Harm

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

Self harm leaflet

 

August/ September 2016

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

 

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 July 2016

Webinar on Stress

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

 

June 2016

Website Launch

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

 

May 2016

Webinar for Mental Health Awareness Week!

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

 

April 2016

Stress LESS

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

 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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Feeling good, Staying healthy

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.

If you are having problems with SLEEP, STRESS or BULLYING then check out these pages for more information.

 

 MHF wellbeing

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Makewaves is a community of thousands of schools sharing their creativity and raising achievement with badges.Here are some badges you can share and earn

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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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ANGER AND AGGRESSION

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.

 

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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

STRESS

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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!

 

Young Minds logoYoung Minds have collated lots of information for parents and carers on helping your child through exams. 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. 

 

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

 

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 the interactive bedroom on Teen Sleep to see what changes you can make! 

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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.

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 and www.wellinformed.org.uk. The 'well informed' site answers 5 key questions for different conditions/topics:

  • What should I know?
  • What works?
  • How can I help?
  • What do young people say?
  • Where to go next? 

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 NEED HELP NOW.

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