Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Children & Young People Mental Health Support

Who else can help me?


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 a Cambridgeshire and Peterborough postcode can access the service for free until 13th June 2018. From the 14th June 2018 the service will be available for 11-18 year olds (up to 19th birthday).

You can watch the new Kooth video here.

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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 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 -

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 (

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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:  or visit the website:

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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 ( 


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


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 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. 


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.

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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!


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 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 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.  


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.

 Blurt foundation logo

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


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.



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

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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.


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



 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. 



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.



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.


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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: 


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.



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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