CYPMHS (Children and Young People Mental Health Service)
Local support can be found through CYPMHS (Children and Young People Mental Health Service) which is part of NELFT and provides emotional wellbeing and mental health advice and support for young people and their families across Kent.
The service is open to young people between the ages of 0-18, or up to 25 in some instances, for example those with special educational needs.
CYPMHS offers advice and support for stress, low mood and depression, anxiety, self-harm or difficult to manage behaviours.
Their website can be found here and there are information leaflets posted below.
If your child is in Crisis or requires support please call SPA available 24 hours a day, on 0800 011 3474. They will listen and talk through the support available to you and your child.
Have you noticed a change in your child’s behaviour and worried they may be experiencing anxiety?
They may be
- getting angry, upset or irritable more easily
- having trouble going to sleep or staying asleep
- seeking reassurance or saying they are worried.
If you feel your child is struggling and needs extra support, call the emotional health consultation line on 0800 0113 474 to speak to our team (option 1 then option 2) A school nurse will listen to you, provide basic coping strategies and if needed, support with a referral to the children and young people’s (CYP) counselling service.
Kent Community Health Foundation Trust (KCHFT) provides support for children and young people’s physical and emotional health needs, including the CYP’s counselling service.
More information on all our support can be found at www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/school-health