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If you are a professional working with a young person you are worried about or you would just like some advice and support around young people’s mental health issues then you can contact us and we will be happy to talk to you. We help with things like worries about moving from primary school to secondary school, bullying, low mood, drug and alcohol worries, emotions, family problems, anxiety and anger.
Some of what we can do depends on what school a child or young person is in (if they are in school) and where they live. We’re happy to have a chat to see if we can give you the help you need – you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, on 01206 764600 to find out more about any of the services below and how you can refer into them.
Below is some information about some of the services we have to help children and young people.
Supporting 10 to 19 year olds
We can help with one to one therapeutic support. This type of work is done in sessions and works on reducing negative feelings and increasing positive feelings. Our workers are happy to talk to you on the phone to see if this is the right service for the young person you are working with. At the moment all schools in north Essex can refer a young person for this support. Referral information can be found at the bottom of this page.
Supporting 5 to 11 year olds
Just like working with older children, we can help this age group with therapeutic support. This type of work is done in sessions and works on reducing negative feelings and increasing positive feelings. This service is not available in all primary schools at the moment but our understanding workers are happy to talk to you on the phone and discuss any worries to see if we are the right service for the child you are working with.
We can also help some young people with advocacy. Advocacy is supporting someone to be able to talk about their views and worries, get information, defend their rights and talk about choices and options. Advocacy is for those who are already being helped by the Emotional Wellbeing Mental Health Service which used to be called CAMHS.
It can be provided for young people who are either in the community or on informal section as an inpatient. An advocate will support the young person in meetings and help them to have their voice heard in planning care and support. This service is available across Essex. Please call us between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, for information on how to get support from this service.
Pupils moving from primary school to secondary school
We can support young people with moving from primary school to secondary school. An allocated worker will meet the young person in the primary school setting and then the same worker will continue working with the young person when they go to their new secondary school. Please be aware, because of funding, this is only available in some schools in north Essex at the moment. If a school is not covered by this, the project can be bought by schools on their own or as a group. You can call us to find out more.
Referring a young person to us
To refer a young person aged 10 to 19 please call us to confirm the referral criteria below. Once you are sure the criteria have been met, please download and complete the referral form below. Follow the instructions on the form about returning it to us.
Because some of our other services aren’t available to young people at all schools it is best for you to call us to talk about whether we can help. The children and young people’s team can be called Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, on 01206 764600.
We can also offer training for staff to raise awareness of mental health and emotional wellbeing and how to handle some of those tough conversations when they happen. Visit the education and training pages of our website to find out more.