Mental Health and Wellbeing

About Mental Health

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health.

Being mentally healthy means that we feel good about ourselves, make and keep positive relationships with others and can feel and manage the full range of emotions. These can range from happiness, excitement and curiosity through to less comfortable feelings such as anger, fear or sadness.

Everyone you know will sometimes feel down, worried or anxious. We all need to look after our mental health and know who to turn to if things feel too much.

In these uncertain and challenging times, looking after our mental health has never been so important. Good mental health allows us to cope with life’s ups and downs, to feel in control of our lives and to ask for help from others when we need support.

Sources of Support

There’s good news though. No matter how difficult life can feel at times, there are free sources of support available.

Some of these sources of support are online, some of them are face-to-face. Some of these sources are local – others are national. It’s important you access the service which is right for you.

Click here to find support.

#TimeToTalk Poem To A Parent/Carer Competition

Brief: Young People’s Mental Health Poetry Film

Earlier this year, a local young poet won a competition to develop a piece of poetry on the theme ‘poem to a parent / carer.’ We are inviting Berkshire-based Artists and Filmmakers, to pitch to work with us and our poetry competition winner, to shoot and edit a campaign film based on the poem. Click here to find out more.

Sources of Support

By text

If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis, you can text the Young Minds Crisis Messenger for free, 24/7 support. The service can help with urgent issues such as suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying or relationship issues. The service is anonymous but if the volunteer believes you are at immediate risk of harm, they may share your details with people who can provide support.

Online

Whether you’re looking for advice or simply aren’t feeling your best, www.kooth.com allows you to access free, anonymous support from counsellors via webchat or email. Kooth also provides an opportunity to interact in a supportive way with other young people within static and live topic-focused forums and discussion boards. Its online magazine includes current articles such as tips for self-care, things to do, family, relationships and much more. Still not sure? Check out this 1 minute video about Kooth here.

The new #littlebluebookofsunshine includes information about where to get help when you need it.  The ebook explains some of the things you can do right now to feel better including sharing lots of tips on how to deal with many problems such as anxiety, body image, relationships and anger and who to turn to if things feel too much.

Locally

Talk to a trusted adult who can help you to get the right support. This could be anyone, such as:

  • A parent, carer, or someone else in your family
  • A teacher or a member of staff at your school like a school nurse or school counsellor
  • A sports coach or youth worker
  • A doctor/GP

For free counselling in the community contact:

Youthline

 

No 22

 

01344 311200

[email protected]

01628 636661

 

Available for young people aged 11+ who live and/or go to school in Bracknell Forest

 

Available for young people aged 11+ who live and/or go to school in Slough or the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

 

Berkshire Healthcare Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

0300 365 1234

CAMHS provide support for children and young people whose difficulties are very distressing and who are registered with a GP in East Berkshire.

You can be referred to CAMHS by your parents/carers, teacher, social worker or GP. If you are over the age of 16, you can refer yourself. For all new referrals, please complete the online referral form for their Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) HealthHub. https://cypf.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/referrals/

If you want to talk to someone about whether CAMHS is the right service to help, or if you are having extreme mental health difficulties and need support urgently, call the team on 0300 365 1234, 8.00am-8.00pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours, if you need urgent help, please contact the adult crisis team on 0300 365 0300.