All about Mental Health
Supporting Staff Wellbeing in Schools
As part of the Schools In Mind initiative a new booklet has been published offering practical guidance about what school staff and senior leaders can do to support their own and their colleagues' wellbeing. Topics featured include what can impact or support wellbeing? what can supervision looks like in schools?, and how can senior leaders prioritise wellbeing?
Drug and Alcohol Services - Survey
Public Health are reviewing Young People’s Drug and Alcohol support in Cambridgeshire (not including Peterborough) which includes advice and education provided to young people across lots of different organisations (schools, health, youth support, advice services), targeted work with complex and vulnerable young people and specialist substance misuse treatment services and the Youth Offending Service.
To find out what you think, and about your experiences of dealing with difficulties with drugs and alcohol, 2 online surveys have been developed:
- For Professionals/family members and carers/front line practitioners/interested members of the public - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WWMLU/
- For Young people (up to 25 years of age) - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/3NOUN/
Responses must be submitted by Friday 24th June, 2018. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes.
Charlotte's Story of Self-Harm Recovery
Read Charlotte's (Young Mind's Guest Blogger) story of recovery from self-harm.
Mental Health Awareness Week - Take Control of Stress
14-20th May 2018 is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year it focuses on stress and how it can affect our mental health and wellbeing.
For information on stress and how to manage it in your life visit: Stress
Also with exams coming up/underway, this Radio 1 page has some really helpful information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1HsY1X8ySjKBMVXPVCbP4qH/exam-stress
Time to Change Young Champions
Time to Change are recruiting Young Champions!
Successful applicants will join an 18 month programme of training and support to share their experiences and campaign about mental health.
They are looking for young people living in England who:
- Are aged 16 - 25 with personal experience of mental health problems.
- Want to volunteer as part of England's largest social movement to ensure that this generation can be more open about mental health problems than any before.
- Want to use their experiences to speak out to make sure no young person is made to feel isolated or ashamed becasue of their mental health problem.
- Want to attend training, be part of local campaign groups and meet other passionate, like-minded young people. Read more about Time to Change, the Young Champion role and commitment
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com. 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.
- Peterborough – Up to the age of 18
- Cambridgeshire – Up to the age of 25
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
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:
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
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/
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.
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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
GCSE Wellbeing Guides
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:
Mental Health Awareness Week
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
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
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 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..
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.
Why is it hard to talk about mental health problems? New interactive BBC webpage
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: email@example.com
Help, I'm having a panic attack
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.
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.
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.
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
This Thursday is national Time to Talk Day, we 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%.
Keep You Head Resources
Please share this website with friends, family and colleagues. Here are promotional posters and postcards for the website that are free to print off.
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
Tips for coping with the festive season
Christmas can be a challenging time for everyone's mental health. Check out these tips and ideas for staying well:
The Mental Health Foundation talk about the importance of taking a break, keeping in touch, keeping active and eating well over the Christmas break. NHS choices have tips on keeping calm at Christmas. See National Minds tips on getting through Christmas from their followers on twitter. Young Minds has advice for parents at Christmas time.
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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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Webinar on Stress
Watch our recently posted webinar on Stress, Relationships and Mental Health on our Resources page
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!
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!
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!
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.