New online services to support young people’s emotional health and wellbeing has been launched in Suffolk during Mental Health Awareness Week.
It follows recent workshops with young people in Suffolk secondary schools where said they wanted to use technology and social media to access professional help and support.
A new online chat support service, Ask the 4YP Expert, was launched today with experienced youth workers from Suffolk charity 4YP offering confidential advice every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 7pm until the end of summer. Anyone aged 12 to 25 can go online at www.thesource.me.uk/home/ask-an-expert and ask about any issue that is affecting them.
The Suffolk-focused website The Source has been refreshed and is a guide for young people to help them with issues that include anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders. The site has been developed to provide clear explanations to address what concerns young people and signposts them to support and further help.
These additional support services for young people form an integral part of the county’s five-year Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Plan.
This plan has been created by service users and their families, Suffolk County Council, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups and voluntary and community sector groups.