Our mental health and emotional wellbeing can affect how we think, feel and act, it’s normal to experience a range of emotions. Sometimes it can be helpful to access some support.
There are lots of things which can be useful to help support wellbeing and our team can help signpost you to appropriate services.
Below are some groups, helplines, websites and apps which you might find helpful.
ChatHealth is a new confidential text messaging service for young people, aged 11-19.
If you’re aged 11-19 you can use our ChatHealth service to text a school nurse to get confidential advice about emotional wellbeing and mental health on 07507 329908.
You can access a range of advice and support around:
- Anxiety and stress
- Healthy eating
- Puberty and sexual health
- Mental wellbeing
- Feelings and emotions
How ChatHealth works
ChatHealth is available between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday (including school holidays, excluding bank holidays) and accessed by texting a dedicated number – 07507 329908. Anyone sending a text outside these hours will receive an automated message with advice on where to get help if they require it urgently. When the service reopens, the sender will then receive a reply to the message.
Find out more information about ChatHealth.
Your school nurse is a specialist community public health nurse. The school nursing team works with local schools and services to support you. Care planning with you may include referrals into specialist mental health and community services.
Kooth is a free online service offering emotional and mental health support for children and young people. Kooth in Cheshire East is available for 11-19 years and up to 25 years olds with special educational needs and disability (SEND).
For more information visit the Kooth website.
Just Drop In
Just Drop-In is a charity that offers free and friendly emotional health and well-being services for children and young people living in Macclesfield, Bollington, Poynton, Wilmslow and Knutsford. There are a wide range of services including counselling, wellbeing services, support for parents and carers and mentoring.
Call: 01625 665079
For more information visit the Just Drop In website.
Visyon is a charity that supports the emotional health of children, young people and their families in Cheshire East. Services offered include one to one counselling, mentoring, therapeutic groups, creative groups, webinars for young people, parent workshops and webinars.
Call: 01260 290000
For more informaton vist the Visyon website.
Useful organisations and helplines
Mental Health Charity for children, young people, and parents.
For more information visit the Young Minds website.
For anyone interested in the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Cheshire and Wirral.
For more information visit the My Mind website.
Action for Happiness
Ways to improve mood.
For more information visit the Action for Happiness website.
For more information visit the ChildLine website.
For more information visit the Samaritans website.
Free confidential 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.
Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258
For more information visit the Shout website.
A helpline for under 35s who are experiencing thoughts of suicide.
Beating Eating Disorders
Information on all aspects of eating disorders
For more information visit the Beating Eating Disorders website.
Text THEMIX to 85258
Visit the Mix website.
www.anxietyuk.org.uk Advice and support for anxiety sufferers
For more information visit the Anxiety UK website.
Supports young people who self-harm (age 14-19 years).
For more information visit the Self-harm website.
Change Grow Live (CGL)
Advice, support and resources for young people and their carers relating to substance use and mental health.
Free and confidential service.
For more information visit the Change Grow Live website.
Talk to Frank
Downloadable materials and helpline.
For more information visit the Talk to Frank website.
Headspace – Support with mediation techniques.
Calm – Mindfulness and meditation techniques.
Sleepio – Sleep improvement programme.
ThinkNinja – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach for mental health problems
Samaritans – Self-help support.
Other apps are listed on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) website.
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line
The phone line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a weekend is open to people of all ages-including children and young people.
The phone line is now the first port of call for mental health help.
You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have an immediate life-threatening emergency.