‘Back to School’ – support for children and young people

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This week, it’s back to school for most children and teenagers which can mean new challenges ahead. New classes, meeting new people and making friends can be really overwhelming, especially on top of the existing pressures of school such as exams and getting good grades.

School isn’t just about education but also social learning – how to make friends, how to communicate, and how to become resilient in every day life.

This can be just as tough on a young person as things like exam stress.

Mid and North East Essex Mind can help with things like worries about bullying, low mood, negative emotions, family problems, relationships, anxiety and anger.

Some of what we offer depends on which school you are in, please see our Children and Young People webpage here for more information.

We have also recently launched our Connect service for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Support through this service will help young people to reach their full potential, improve their mental health and wellbeing and access employment opportunities. Please see here for more information on Connect.

Urgent help:

If you feel like you are not coping and need to speak to someone straight away, or like you may want to harm yourself or are having suicidal thoughts there are lots of things you can do to keep yourself safe:

  • Tell someone you trust how you are feeling so they can support you to get the right help
  • Call your doctor
  • Visit A&E if you feel like you might seriously harm yourself
  • If you want to talk to someone anonymously you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111 (this is for any young person up to age 19)
  • Call one of the crisis lines:
  • If it’s Monday to Friday and between 9am and 5pm, call 0300 3001600
  • If it’s the weekend or out of these hours call 0300 555 1201