Our wellbeing team are here for you! As a student, parent/carer or staff member you can access support directly from the team or via the information shared on this page.

If you feel you need support you can:

  • Get in touch with the team by calling or sending a text during college hours, see below for numbers.
  • Look through the list of topics below to find the best resource for you. Under the news stories is a list of useful contacts and suggested Apps. This includes many out of college hours and crisis help information.
  • Take action. No matter how small.

Wellbeing

Our Happy Balance wellbeing programme is focused on helping you achieve your ideal mental, social and physical state so that you can achieve your full potential and, most importantly, be happy!

Happy students are successful students and we make every effort to encourage you to nurture yourself. We will help you to identify the areas of your life that may need some work and we will support you in meeting your personal targets.

Our dedicated student wellbeing team are here to help you and run a host of talks and workshops throughout the year to help protect and advise you. They continue to be available and can be contacted on the following number: Lowestoft Sixth Form 07507 767293.

Useful Contacts:

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It’s Time to Talk Wellbeing Support and Information

Checking in with friends, course colleagues and family is more important than ever. Our college did a great job of raising awareness during Time to Talk day in February, we can keep that going! Follow the tips below and find out more from Time to Change:

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/coronavirus

1) Check in

You might not be able to meet face-to-face, but picking up the phone, having a video call, starting a group chat or messaging someone on social media lets them know you are there to talk and ready to listen.

2) Listen and reflect

Whether you have a mental health problem or not, this will be a challenging time for our mental health and wellbeing. If someone opens up to you, remember that you don’t need to fix things or offer advice. Often just listening, and showing you take them seriously, can help someone to manage.

3) Ask questions  

Ask how people are managing, and ask again if you’re worried they aren’t sharing the full picture. Asking again, with interest, can help someone to open up and explore what they’re feeling.


Emotional health resources

Local Children & Young People’s Health Services have shared some great resources for parents/carers and young people on their website https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/emotional-health.

You can find useful information on a range of topics including building resilience and self-harm to help you. See our Useful Contacts list below for other help available.


PERIODS DON’T STOP FOR PANDEMICS

Tackling #PeriodPoverty – Access Community Trust free delivery service throughout East Suffolk

“Text 07520 649185 with what you need, your name and address and the team will aim to deliver contactlessly to your doorstep in discreet packaging Monday – Friday.”  https://www.accessct.org/

Wellbeing Support and Information


COVID-19 AND AUTISM

Everyone is dealing with the impact of COVID-19, especially with the request for individuals to stay indoors and on lock down as much as possible.  Some people may be finding this easier than others, but for those individuals living with Autism, the lack of control and routine can be overwhelming. Check out advice from https://papyrus-uk.org/covid-19-and-autism/


Mental health support

Shout

For support in a crisis. Text Shout to 85258 or Chat Health to 07480 635060

If you’re a Parent or Carer and need general advice you can;

Telephone: Just One Number on 0300 300 0123

Text: Parentline on 07520 631590

Website: www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk

Samaritans

Offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way, about whatever’s getting to you.  You don’t have to be suicidal.

Telephone:  116 123 its FREE

Email: jo@samaritans.org.uk

Website: https://www.samaritans.org/

Sane Line

Work with anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers. Their helpline is open between 4:40pm and 10pm every day of the year. They also provide a free text-based support service called Textcare.  And an online supportive forum community, where anyone can share their experiences of mental health issues.

Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm – 10:30pm every evening)
Textcarewww.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/textcare
Support Forum: www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/supportforum
Websitewww.sane.org.uk

Norfolk and Waveney Mind

Provide a ranges of services to help people suffering from mental distress with one-to-one support, social groups and workshops for young people, adult and carers.

Telephone: 0300 330 5488

Email: enquiries@norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk

Website: http://www.norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk

Young Minds

Fighting for children and young people’s mental health

Telephone: 020 7089 5050

Parent Helpline: 0800 802 5544

Urgent help: Text YM to 85258 (free)

Website: https://youngminds.org.uk/

BEAT

Provide information and a range of support services for anyone affected by an eating disorder.

Telephone: 0800 801 0677 (helpline) 0808 801 0811 (Studentline)    0808 801 0711 (Youthline)

Email: Adult email support is open to anyone over 18:

help@beateatingdisorders.org.uk 

Studentline email support is open to all students:
studentline@beateatingdisorders.org.uk

Youthline email support is open to anyone under 18:
fyp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk

Website: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/

Rethink Mental Illness

Help millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes, changing lives.

Website: https://www.rethink.org/

Point 1 Norfolk & Waveney Under 18’s

If you need more specialist help the team will get you to the right person, you don’t need a referral.

Telephone: 0800 977 4077

Email: Point1-support@ormistonfamilies.org.uk

NHS Wellbeing Service Over 18’s

Support to help people make changes to improve their wellbeing and to help them cope with common mental health and emotional issues.

Telephone:  0300 123 1503

Email: www.wellbeingnandw.co.uk

Website: https://www.wellbeingnands.co.uk/

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

People understand and talk openly about depression where young people know how to maintain wellbeing and where the treatment is available to everyone who needs it

Telephone:  01635 3697154

Website: https://www.cwmt.org.uk/

Mental Health Foundation

Prevention is at the heart of their work.

Website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/getting-help

C.A.L.M. (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Aimed specifically at men. Their helpline is open between 5pm and midnight every day of the year.
Telephone (outside London): 0800 58 58 58
Telephone (London): 0808 802 58 58
Webchat: www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat/ (5pm – Midnight every day)
Websitewww.thecalmzone.net

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT)

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are a range of services which support children and young people who are at risk of, or are experiencing mental health issues and problem.

Website: Find a service – https://www.nsft.nhs.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Papyrus

Charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Telephone:  0800 068 41 41

Text: 07860 039967

Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Website: https://papyrus-uk.org/

Silverline

Aimed at people over 55. Their helpline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Telephone:  0800 4 70 80 90
Websitewww.thesilverline.org.uk

The Mix 

Aimed at people under 25. Their helpline is open between 4pm and 11pm, 7 days a week. They also run a crisis text service which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Telephone: 0808 808 4994
E-mail: through the website.
Crisis text message service: Text THEMIX to 85258
Webchat: through the website. (4pm – 11pm, 7 days a week)
Websitewww.themix.org.uk

Mood Swings

Aimed at anyone affected by a mood disorder, including friends, families and carers.  Their helpline is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Telephone: 0161 832 37 36
E-mail: info@moodswings.org.uk
Websitewww.moodswings.org.uk

Cameron Grant Memorial Trust

Supporting mental health in young people.

Telephone: 01675 443610

Email: info@camgrant.org.uk

Website: https://www.camgrant.org.uk/getting-help/


Protection from abuse and support

NSPCC

Work to protect children and prevent abuse so we can make child abuse a thing of the past

Telephone: 0808 800 5000 or for 18 years and under 0800 1111

Email: help@nspcc.org.uk

Website: http://www.nspcc.org.uk

The Rose Project

If you live in Norfolk and have been affected by child sexual exploitation, you can contact the dedicated team for help.

Telephone: 0808 800 1037

Website: www.magdalenegroup.org/rose-project

Leeway

Free, safe and confidential service to help those who are experiencing domestic abuse and give confidence needed to make independent choices about their life.

Telephone: Domestic Abuse Helpline:  0300 561 0077

Email: adviceandsupport@leewaynwa.org.uk

Website: https://www.leewaysupport.org/help-support/

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline

This website provides guidance and support for potential victims, as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones. They can also be called, for free and in confidence, 24 hours a day.

Telephone: 0808 200 0247

Website: https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid provides information and education and training and campaigns on Domestic abuse as well as helping women to escape from domestic abuse and providing support and guidance those suffering.

Email: helpline@womensaid.org.uk

Website: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/

Men’s Advice Line

A confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them.

Telephone: 0808 8010 327

Email: info@mensadviceline.org

Website: https://mensadviceline.org.uk

Victim Support

Working with people affected by crime or traumatic events get support they need and respect they deserve.

Telephone:  0808 1689111

Email:  via website form

Website: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/


Relationships

Relate Norfolk and Suffolk

Relationship counselling and sex therapy in Norfolk and Suffolk

Telephone:  Norfolk 01603 625333 or Suffolk 01473 254118

Email: Online form

Website: https://www.relate.org.uk/norfolk-suffolk/contact-us

Leeway

Free, safe and confidential service to help those who are experiencing domestic abuse and give confidence needed to make independent choices about their life.

Telephone: Domestic Abuse Helpline:  0300 561 0077

Email: adviceandsupport@leewaynwa.org.uk

Website: https://www.leewaysupport.org/help-support/


Substances

The Matthew Project (Norfolk)

Supporting children and adults with issues around substance misuses and wellbeing

Telephone:  01603 216420 (general enquiries) or 01603 246420 (Young people)

Email:  enquiries@matthewproject.org

Website: https://www.matthewproject.org/

Turning Point (Suffolk)

Supporting children and adults with issues around substance misuses and wellbeing

Telephone: 01502 531 138

Email: suffolk@turning-point.co.uk

Website: http://wellbeing.turning-point.co.uk/

Frank

Honest information about drugs.

Telephone: 0300 1236600

Text: 82111

Website: www.talktofrank.com or you can email/live chat from the website.​


Housing

MAP (Norfolk)

Ensure young people have the access to quality information, advice, counselling and support they need for their holistic development

Telephone:  01603 766994

Email:  info@map.uk.net

Website: https://www.map.uk.net/find-us/contact-us/

Shelter

Housing advice and support

Telephone: 0808 8004444

Website: https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help

The Benjamin Foundation

Deliver a range of services to support local people including working to prevent youth homelessness and helping families build strong relationships

Telephone:  01603 615670

Email:  info@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

Website: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/


Bereavement

Nelson’s Journey

Supports children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life

Telephone:  01603 431788

Email:  enquiries@nelsonsjourney.org.uk

Website: http://www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk/

Cruse Bereavement

Supports people who have experiences the death of a significant person in their life.

Telephone:  0808 308 1677

Email:  info@cruse.org.uk

Website: https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/helpline


Sexual Health

Terrence Higgins Trust

Sexual health advice and signposting

Telephone:  0808 302 1221

Email: info@tht.org.uk

Website: https://www.tht.org.uk/

iCash Norfolk/Suffolk

Contraception, treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV care and treatment or related advice in:

Telephone: 0300 300 3030

Website: www.icash.nhs.uk/contraception-sexual-health/postal-self-test-kits


LGBT+

Norfolk LGBT+ Project

Providing support that is relevant to the health and wellbeing needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender+ community in Norfolk and Waveney

Telephone:  01603 219299

Email:  info@norfolklgbtproject.co.uk

Website: http://www.norfolklgbtproject.co.uk

Outreach Youth (Suffolk)

Outreach youth wants a world where all young people can reach their full potential.

Telephone: 07999 730289

Email: info@outreachyouth.org.uk

Website: https://outreachyouth.org.uk/

Stonewall

Acceptance without exception.

Telephone: 0800 0502020

Website: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/


Keeping safe online

Thinkuknow 

Information about staying safe when you’re on a phone, tablet or computer. Helping keep you safe online and offline.

Website: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/4_7/


Apps include:

Clear Fear – https://www.clearfear.co

Calm Harm – https://calmharm.co.uk/

Self Heal  – http://self-healapp.co.uk/

Blue Ice –  https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/blueice/

DistrACT – https://www.expertselfcare.com/health-apps/distract/

16-19 Health Passport

If you’re aged 16-19 and live in Norfolk, you can download the Just1Norfolk Health Passport from the app store. It can help you become more independent with your own health needs. It has general health information and advice on a variety of topics.

Download from: Apple app store

Download from: Google Play store

Stay Alive

Suicide prevention resources, including your own safety plan and links to local and national crisis resources.

Download from: Apple app store

Download from: Google Play store