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Additional support for Suffolk Wellbeing Service
24/02/2016

An NHS service which provides support to help people look after their own wellbeing has been given additional funding to help it enhance the provision of counselling for young people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Suffolk Wellbeing Service, which is run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) in partnership with voluntary organisations from across Suffolk, has been given £132k in additional funding over the next 10 months to help it meet unprecedented demand for counselling for 13 to 15-year-olds.

The money has been given to the service by Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The additional income will help alleviate pressures created by a rise in demand, allowing young people who are experiencing emotional and mental health problems to work with specialist therapists.

Nettie Burns, Locality Manager of Suffolk Wellbeing Service, said: “We are really pleased to have received this additional support from Suffolk’s CCGs, which will help us meet a rise in demand for the counselling service.

“This service works with other emotional health and wellbeing services for children and young people which are also available through public health, social care, education and third sector providers across Suffolk.

“The aim of all of these services is to provide support early on when problems start and to help young people to develop skills and learn ways to manage their emotional wellbeing.

“We would encourage any young people who feel they need additional support to speak to their school nurse, GP, social worker or youth worker who will be able to direct them to the most appropriate help to meet their needs.”

Suffolk Wellbeing Service offers a range of support to help people of all ages make changes to their lives to improve their wellbeing and help them cope with stress, anxiety and depression. This includes stress control and wellbeing workshops or classes, telephone support, group therapies and some short term therapy or counselling.

The majority of the services it offers are available by self or professional referral to anyone who lives in Suffolk and is aged 16 and over. The counselling service for young people aged 13-15 years is only available through referral by a health professional such as a school nurse or GP.

For more information about Suffolk Wellbeing Service, visit www.readytochange.org.uk or call 0300 123 1781 during office hours.