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Support with managing mental health

Some young people find they need additional support to help manage their mental health.

This might be because:

  • Their difficulties are not improving or are getting worse
  • Their difficulties are so bad that they are stopping them from doing things, such as going to school or looking after their physical health
  • They are engaging in risky ways of managing their mental health such as self-harming

If this sounds like you, it is important that you reach out for more support. You can do this by:

  • You can tell a parent, carer or teacher who can help you access the services you need.
  • The NHS offers a range of specialist services for young people with mental health difficulties – your GP or school nurse can make a referral to Triage and Navigation who will be able to send your referral to the most appropriate service to meet your needs. Alternatively you can click here to self-refer to Triage and Navigation using the self-referral form.
  • You can see your GP. Click here to book an appointment or find a GP surgery.
  • If you are a refugee or asylum seeker, you can make an appointment with a GP. Click here for more information.
  • If you need urgent NHS mental health support, you should call the Mental Health Central Access Point on 0808 800 3302. This is a freephone helpline open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people of all ages in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
  • The NHS offers specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS) for young people with significant mental health disorders – your GP or school nurse can make a referral if appropriate.
  • Tellmi is a safe, anonymous app where you can talk about absolutely anything. From anxiety to autism, dating to depression, or self-harm to self-esteem, sharing your experiences with an online community helps you to feel better. You can visit the Tellmi website or download the app from your phone’s app store.
  • ChatHealth is an NHS service offered to 11-19 year olds. You send a question to a professional by clicking the ‘Start a chat’ bar on the bottom left of the screen or by texting a question to the following numbers: If you live in the Leicester City text: 07520 615 386 or if you live in Leicestershire and Rutland text: 07520 615 387

How to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your school nurse.

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