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Becoming withdrawn from friends and family.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.
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/
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.