30 Day What’s Up Challenge
OneLife Suffolk are supporting The Source with the “30 Day What’s Up Challenge”.
The 30 Day What’s Up Challenge is 30 things young people, families – anyone can do together to help look after their emotional health and wellbeing.
The Source – for young people, supported by Onelife Suffolk and Health Watch, launched the 30 Day What’s Up Challenge as a social media campaign in February (2019) aimed at helping young people to try new things, relax, chat about what’s on their mind, and feel more confident about themselves.
The 30-day challenge will encompass the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ that suggests that a small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and also help people to flourish. Taking actions such as:
- Becoming more active
- Keep learning
- take notice
- connecting with others
The campaign has been rolled out to schools and any young person who wishes to take part in doing 30 simple things that can support their emotional wellbeing! Some local businesses have also found the challenges useful for supporting their staff.
How do I get involved?
Anyone wishing to join in with the 30 Day What’s Up Challenge can find details and resources to take part on The Source website: www.thesource.me.uk/whatsup
Emotional Wellbeing Hub
The Emotional Wellbeing Hub is a free service for anyone under 25 years of age, in East and West Suffolk to get support if they are worried about their emotional health. (If you live in Lowestoft and Waveney you should contact Point 1 www.point-1.org.uk )
The Hub can help young people with any emotional wellbeing concern they might have. This could include:
- Low mood and depression
- Eating disorders
Helpline: 0345 600 2090 (Mon – Fri, 8am to 7.30pm) Visit: www.thesource.me.uk/hub for more details.
Kooth is free, safe and anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service for young people aged 11-18 years (up to 19th Birthday).
The service is available 365 days a year, from 12 noon until 10 pm weekdays and from 6 pm until 10 pm weekends.
Students can seek support or advice on the go from their mobile phone about ANY topic they wish. This could be help with exam stress or bullying, an eating disorder, dealing with suicidal thoughts or handling sexual abuse.
- Book virtual drop-ins and chat sessions with qualified counsellors.
- Peer-to-peer support
- Live moderated forums with other young Kooth members.
- Self-help materials.
Visit www.kooth.com (Young people must register on the website to receive support)
3 Mental health facts with young people.
> 75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday, while 50% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) take root before the age of 15.
> Suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal that the number of young suicides each year is greater than it has been for the past 10 years
Mental health myths
Let’s help Raise awareness of the negative mental health stigma that exists
What causes depression?
We all know that we are addicted to our phones, however, sometimes this can have a very negative impact on our wellbeing:
If you’re looking to reduce your screentime why not try the Moment app, this app allows you to track your screentime usage and limit your use of certain apps, for example, social media apps:
Stay alive app
This app is a pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in a crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.
Calm is the leading app for meditation and sleep. Join the millions experiencing lower stress, less anxiety, and more restful sleep with our guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, masterclasses, and relaxing music.
Headspace is the simple way to reframe stress. Relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life in just a few minutes a day. Plus, we have meditations on sleep to help you create the ideal conditions for a good night’s rest.
If you concerned about your child’s mental health please see the emotional wellbeing gateway for advice about what best to do on contacts to help support you and your family.
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger Service
The young minds Crisis messenger is there to offer 24-hour support to any young person in need. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.
Our crisis messenger service could help with urgent issues such as:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Abuse or assault
- Relationship breakdown
Aged 11-19? You can now text your school nurse on 07507 333356.
ChatHealth is a service for you to text a Suffolk school nurse to ask for confidential help and advice on all kinds of health issues.
- Sexual health
- Emotional health and wellbeing
- Healthy eating
- Smoking, drugs and alcohol
- General health concerns
What can we can do to support young people?
Suffolk Libraries offer a wealth of information about how you can improve your mental health with support events and books that you may find useful.Libraries are a fantastic resource, not only for books and information but for community, friendships and fun too. So pop in to your local branch or go to there website for more information about what support they can offer you!
Young people spend the majority of there time at school this makes it an extremely important area to get right in order to support young peoples mental health and wellbeing:
Please see the following resources and toolkits that can help schools with issues such as mental health with there students including ideas for 15-minute assemblies on the subject:
Support the campaign
If you work with young people in Suffolk, click HERE to download resources that may be helpful.