Academy life

Health and wellbeing

Feeling good about yourself can affect the way you think and feel. It can give you the confidence to help you achieve what you want in life.

There are lots of useful websites and organisations who support young people who might be going through a hard time or looking for good advice. They can offer practical support to let you make informed choices about your health and wellbeing.

Looking after your body by exercising, eating well, getting regular sleep and reducing stress can help to make you feel good.

Maybe you're worried about a friend of member of family's health? We can support you if you're feeling sad, anxious, unwell or finding life hard. Know that you're not alone. Please talk to any member of our academy staff or our safeguarding team. We can support you.

Mental health and wellbeing support

Mind is a mental health charity which provides support to everyone who has experienced a mental health problem. If you are concerned about your own mental health or about someone you know, you can contact Mind for advice t: 0300 1233393 or text 86463.

YoungMinds offers information and advice about children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health. They have lots of advice for young people about coping with mental health issues. They also have a helpline for parents and carers t: 0808 8025544.

Keep Your Head brings together information on mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

The Kooth team provide free, safe and anonymous online support and counselling for young people.

Samaritans are available, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. They give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. And they encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives. They offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need. You can call free on 116 123.

Drugs and alcohol advice and support

CASUS provide information, support and specialist treatment in Cambridgeshire, around drug and alcohol use, to young people under 18 and their families. Their website contains information about how to refer yourself, or somebody else if you are concerned about drugs, alcohol, and mental wellbeing.

FRANK is a website which provides honest information about drugs, including advice on how to deal with peer pressure.

YoungMinds explains how alcohol and drug use can affect young people's mental health and explains how to get help if you need it.

Relationships and sexual health

If you are worried about a young person who might be in an abusive relationship, you can find out more about teenage abusive relationships and how to get help here. You can also call Childline to talk about any concerns you might have. They have trained counsellors there to support you. t: 0800 1111

iCaSH can provide advice and help with all aspects of sexual and reproductive health in Cambridgeshire - including contraception, emergency contraception, sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV testing and treatment. They have lots of advice on their website and you can also order a routine sexual health screen kit on their website.

Brook also offer free, confidential advice about sexual health and wellbeing.

The NHS One You website also offers lots of help and sexual health advice. If you would like to talk to someone about a sexual health issue, you can call the national sexual health helpline free on 0300 123 7123. Your call will be treated with sensitivity and in strict confidence. The Sexual Health Helpline is open from 9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

Support just for young people

Childline is there to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are there to support you. t: 0800 1111

Centre 33 is a Cambridgeshire youth charity which supports young people up to the age 25 with mental health, caring responsibilities, housing, sexual health, and more. They offer free help and counselling. t: 0333 4141809 or text/whatsapp: 07514 783745

YoungMinds have lots of advice just for young people about coping with mental health issues, how to get help if you need it and how to look after yourself.

The Kite Trust are a Cambridgeshire organisation working with LGBT+ young people. They offer health and wellbeing one to one support for LGBT+ young people across Cambridgeshire.

Sleep matters

Did you know that a minimum of 8 to 10 hours good sleep is recommended for teenagers? Have look at the NHS website with top tips on getting a good night's sleep.

Sleep affects your mind and body more than you might think, so it's important to try and have a healthy sleep pattern. Find out more on the NHS One You website.

YoungMinds also explains how to get help if you are a young person having sleep problems.

Eating well

Eating healthily doesn't have to mean giving up your favourite foods. It simply means eating a variety of foods and cutting down on food and drinks high in fat and sugar. Find out more on the NHS healthy eating for teens website.

Beat is a charity which has a free helpline for young people who are concerned about their eating habits or those who may have an eating disorder. t: 0808 801 0711.

YoungMinds also has lots of information for young people about eating problems and how to get help.