Following a survey from The Children’s Society earlier this week which showed that more than a fifth of 14-year-old girls in the UK said they had self-harmed, thew NHS in South Cheshire and Vale Royal is telling children and young people that there is help available.
The CCGs want to make sure that you know what type of support you can get, and how to get it.
Dr Teresa Strefford, GP and clinical director of commissioning at the CCGs, said: “We have a number of different ways for you to get support across South Cheshire and Vale Royal, but the most important thing for you to do if you are feeling down or are struggling with your emotions is to talk about it with someone.
“You are not alone, so please don’t be embarrassed – we are here to help.”
The Children and Young People’s Out of Hours Advice Line lets you speak to a specially trained clinician who you can talk to about how you’re feeling.
The phone line – 01244 397 644 – is open from 5-10pm Monday to Friday and noon-8pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
If you don’t feel like you can talk to someone over the phone, you can also get help online.
The website www.youinmind.org is full of help and advice, and it will also give you other options of where to go if you still need some help.
Dr Strefford added: “There is also lots of work being done behind the scenes to make sure we’re providing the services you need.
“We’re giving more help and training to professionals who work with young people and families across the area.
“We also know digital support is important so we’re looking at how we can build on this, especially to help schools and colleges.”