Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Mental illness and suicidal thoughts can affect anyone of any age, any background and at any time and are common issues for young people. It can be difficult to know if a child is suffering as they often keep it to themselves.
Having a child who is suffering with their mental health/wellbeing or having suicidal thoughts has a big effect on the whole family. Discovering your child is feeling suicidal can feel quite overwhelming and it is important that you also get all the support you need from friends and family and maybe professional counsellors.
Some of the common signs of mental health problems in children include:
Becoming withdrawn from friends and family.
Persistent low mood and unhappiness.
Tearfulness and irritability.
Worries that stop them from carrying out day to day tasks.
Sudden outbursts of anger directed at themselves or others.
Loss of interest in activities that they used to enjoy.
Problems eating or sleeping.
Report about children and young people’s emotional wellbeing in Suffolk
A recent report from Healthwatch Suffolk, highlights the emotional challenges young people face when navigating their way through school. They surveyed more than 6,800 people aged 11 to 18 about important issues including self-harm, cyber-bullying, sleep problems and the difficulties young people have in finding the right support to help them cope.
The report was commissioned through the Suffolk Children’s Emotional Wellbeing Group as part of work to deliver the Suffolk Emotional Wellbeing Transformation Plan (EWB2020).
Local emotional wellbeing support services for families and young people
Suffolk’s Children & Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Hub
The Emotional Wellbeing Hub is a new multi-agency team offering a central point of contact and information for parents, carers, and professionals who are concerned about the mental health or emotional wellbeing of a child or young person in East or West Suffolk (0-25 years).
Contact the Emotional Wellbeing Hub helpline on: 0345 600 2090, open Monday to Friday 8am – 7.30pm.
You can make an online referral via the Emotional Wellbeing Gateway website at: www.emotionalwellbeinggateway.org.uk
The Source - is a website for young people to access information, advice, and guidance on issues they may face in their everyday lives. The site includes a link to Ask the Expert (provided by Suffolk Young People's Health Project - 4YP) which provides online 1:1 support for young people. Ask the Expert is available Monday to Wednesday, 5pm to 7pm. Visit: www.thesource.me.uk/wellbeing
Chat Health - A confidential text service provided by the school nursing team during term time, Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm for help about a range of issues. Text a school nurse on 07507 333356.
Moodwise website to support young people
A new website called Moodwise, which provides a wealth of information about emotional wellbeing to 16-25 year olds in Suffolk, has been launched by Public Health Suffolk and Children and Young People Services thanks to funding from the Eastern Academic Science Network Hub.
Moodwise makes it easier for young people to find national and local emotional wellbeing resources and tools. It asks a simple set of questions to direct young people to the most relevant support relating to five key areas: anxiety, depression, stress, anger and loneliness.
No personal information is collected and all content is NHS approved and has been quality assured by a clinician.
Talking to your children about difficult topics
The websites below have advice on talking to your children about difficult topics ranging from mental health issues, bullying to world terrorism.
Emotional Wellbeing Gateway - This website includes information and support services for parents who need practical advice on common mental health issues that are affecting their child or young person, such as, depression, anxiety, stress, self-harm and eating disorders. The site provides information that has been co-produced with the Suffolk Parent Carer Network, guiding families through the signs and symptoms of these issues - what to do and where to go for help, and has gathered the most useful resources for parents.
MindEd is a free resource and is aimed at both families and professionals regarding children and young people’s mental health.
MindEd is an e-learning tool led by Health Education England and supported by the Department of Health and Education. The resource is quality assured by clinical experts and is suited for use by schools, children’s care homes, health professionals, social care, families, advocates and many more. It offers specific modules around autism, learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges.
For further information please visit the website: www.minded.org.uk/
New Suicide Prevention Resources for young people and families
A new fold-out card is available to support Suffolk’s young people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Titled ‘Is Life Getting Too Much?’ the pocket-sized card has been co-produced with young people to provide support for those who are, or know of someone experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, offering information and tips about how to keep well, talk to someone they are worried about, and seek support.
The card has been specially designed to link to the countywide Suffolk Life Saver Suicide Prevention campaign.
If you would like to request copies of the card, please contact email@example.com Or you can download it from The Source website - for young people, where further information and advice can be found.
Professionals and families can find a new ‘Suicidal feelings in children and young people’ information, advice and guidance page on the Emotional Wellbeing Gateway Website, as well as other emotional wellbeing support. Visit www.emotionalwellbeinggateway.org.uk
Further Information and Support
New Emotional Wellbeing Gateway – information and support to help you and your family stay mentally well.
Papyrus is the national charity for the prevention of young suicide.