Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Children & Young People Mental Health Support

All about Mental Health

ALL ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH


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.


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.

BBC Radio 1 has some great information on Mental Health especially aimed at Young People....take a look!

There are some other great websites out there that have loads of information on mental health too. Have a look at:

 

Young Minds logo          BBC logo    

 

On My Mind has been set up by the Anna Freud Centre for Children and families and is aimed at raising awareness for young people around all areas to do with mental health.

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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. 

 

 

 

 

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Source: Mental Health Foundation. 

 

 

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) and also see our page on depression here
  • Anxiety (a helpful Newsround Guide to Anxiety can be found here) and also see our page on stress and anxiety here
    • The Priory Group have created this comic strip to help you to understand more about what anxiety is.
  • Eating disorders ( click here for further information ) and also see our page on eating disorders here
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (often known as 'OCD')  information can be found here
  • OCD UK - phone 0845 120 3778 ( Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (often known as 'PTSD' - click here for further information.
  • Psychosis, the charity Mind has lots of information on Psychosis here .There are two good videos here on what it is like living with Psychosis 

    Josh:

    https://vimeo.com/bigpicturecharityfilms/review/281626718/cb39858f44

    Fabi:

    https://vimeo.com/bigpicturecharityfilms/review/281645140/3ca32b8e72
  • Bi-polar disorder, the charity Mind has lots of information on Bi-polar disorder here  
  • Personality disorders, the charity Mind has lots of information on Personality disorders here . Further information can also be found here Reach out
  • Dissociative disorders, the charity Mind has information on this here
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (often known as 'ADHD') YoungMinds has further information that might help.

 

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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  • Cerebra have produced a great guide for parents around anxiety
  • 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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 The Mental Health Foundation have a great A-Z of mental health conditions- It can be found HERE!

 

 

 

 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S VIEWS

Children and Young people, we need your help

Developing Crisis Support across Cambridge and Peterborough

There are currently lots of projects taking place within the CAMHS directorate in CPFT.

One of the areas we are busy working on is creating a new Crisis service for Children and Young people across Cambridge and Peterborough. We are asking for your help in shaping this service.

We have developed two Surveys, one survey is focused on hearing from the children and young people across the county. The other survey is focussed on thoughts from family / and carers. All the information from these surveys will be collated and used to help develop the team and the service.

The surveys can be accessed by clicking on the relevant link below, or typing the info into the toolbar on a computer / phone/ laptop.

The Survey for Children and Young people in helping to develop crisis support can be found here

Closing Date for the surveys are 10th January 2021


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. 

 

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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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Thriving

CURRENT NEWS

Take a look at and download the resource that have put together around getting through the
exam season this summer 2021: 

getting through the exam season - a guide for young people sitting assessments


Centre 33 have also put together this resource about why and how we experience panic and look at ways we can face and cope with this when it happens - it includes handy in the moment tips and there's the option for you to think about putting down a plan that may help you. Plus suggestions for further support. Please view and download it here: 

managing panic resource by Centre 33


Are you worried about returning to school after lockdown? Take a look at this guide produced by Centre 33 here: 

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Centre 33 have also produced a guide for Parents & Caregivers to Supporting Young People’s Anxieties about returning to school:  

return to school and college: a parent and caregivers guide to supporting young peoples anxieties



RESOURCES

These resources can also be found within our latest news, however we wanted to put them here too so you can have a look at what may help you: 

Take a look at and download the resource that have put together around getting through the
exam season this summer 2021: 

getting through the exam season - a guide for young people sitting assessments


Centre 33 have also put together this resource about why and how we experience panic and look at ways we can face and cope with this when it happens - it includes handy in the moment tips and there's the option for you to think about putting down a plan that may help you. Plus suggestions for further support. Please view and down load it here: 

managing panic resource by Centre 33


Are you worried about returning to school after lockdown? Take a look at this guide produced by Centre 33 here: 

/assets/1/returning_to_school_after_lockdown_a_guide_for_young_people_fby_centre_33.pdf 


Centre 33 have also produced a guide for Parents & Caregivers to Supporting Young People’s Anxieties about returning to school:  

return to school and college: a parent and caregivers guide to supporting young peoples anxieties


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