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Don't miss the chance to book your school on to the Emotional Wellbeing Festival 2023

The Emotional Wellbeing Festival 2023 is back, and school bookings are now open, but hurry spaces are going fast!
This year’s festival is being hosted at Moreton Hall Community Centre in Bury St Edmunds, on Wednesday 10th May 2023, from 9.30am – 2.30pm, for secondary schools in West Suffolk. 

The festival will be a day of emotional wellbeing workshops, activities, and free resources for schools.
Workshops will include:
- Introduction about what emotional wellbeing is – delivered by Lead Psychological Therapist, Beth Mosley, from the Suffolk Psychology in Schools Team.
- Self-esteem & body image - delivered by charity
- Mindfulness and yoga – delivered by the Suffolk County Council’s Engagement Hub Team.

There will be guest speakers, and a marketplace of emotional wellbeing support services and organisations to allow schools to network and share good practice. 

Schools can find out more and book a place via Eventbrite - use password ‘wellbeing’


Help raise awareness of support for eating disorders

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Resources for Children's Mental Health Week from 6 to 12 February 2023

Children's Mental Health Week (CMHW23) Place2Be website helps shine a light on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

This year's theme was about how to connect with others when we are feeling lonely:

Other CMHW23 resources:

February and March Mental Health Workshops to support parents/carers

Take a look at the free workshops available to parents and carers, that offer support, advice and guidance on how to support a child or young persons emotional health and wellbeing. Go to our Family Wellbeing page.

Supporting children and young people when someone famous dies

When somebody famous dies, it can be difficult to know how to support children and young people through that loss. We recommend reading this advice from the Place2Be website.

There is also this resource The Queen has died story | Climbing the rainbow which is specifically aimed at supporting people with additional communication needs.

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Back to school resources for families

Take a look at our series of '5 Tips for Families' back to school leaflets with advice for helping children who are worried or anxious about going back to school:

View all of our '5 Tips for families' resources.

The Children's Commissioner also have a number of resources available to help prepare children and young people going back into school.

New Suffolk Infolink website launched

Suffolk County Council has been redeveloping the new Suffolk Infolink Directory website over the last few years and finally it launched this July. The new Infolink website hosts the Suffolk Local Offer and Emotional Wellbeing Gateway Websites, both have been redesigned based on feedback from parents and carers to make it easier for families and professionals to navigate local SEND and Mental Health Support Services and information in Suffolk. View the new Suffolk Infolink website.

Improvements to East and West Suffolk Neurodevelopmental Pathway go live

The East and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups have made improvements to the East and West Suffolk Neurodevelopmental Pathway based on feedback from children, young people, and parents and carers. The improvements are to help children, young people and families who have concerns about Autism, ADHD and/or behaviours that challenge to get more support. Find out more on The Emotional Wellbeing Gateway.

Workshops and resources to talk to children about the war in Ukraine

Find workshops and resources to help you talk to children and young people about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and cope with the news. Go to our page: Resources to help children understand war and conflict and address their worries.

Emotional Wellbeing Hub are working with Barnardo's

The Emotional Wellbeing Hub, which provides access to CAMHS for children and young people aged 0-25, are now working with Barnardo's. A new Barnardo's phoneline has been created as an additional option for families when contacting the Emotional Wellbeing Hub Helpline. The Barnardo's phoneline helps to guide families to general emotional wellbeing information and guidance. For more details go to the Emotional Wellbeing Gateway website.

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Support for Schools

In November, the East and West CCGs delivered a virtual showcase event for school staff about the latest on the Mental Health transformation work and resources to support schools. For those that weren't able to attend, this is a copy of the Mental Health showcase event presentation.

Self-harm resources now available to support families and educational settings

Parents, carers and educational settings can now find a range of useful Self-harm information and advice resources available to help them support a young person whose self-harming, from our children and young people's wellbeing page.

New LGBTQI+ support from Anna Freud

Anna Freud launches a new resource to support the mental health of LGBTQI+ young people which includes advice and guidance around a range of topics which might impact on their mental health. The resource includes sign-posting to a range of support.

New EBSA Podcast

The latest episode of our Wellbeing in Education podcast focuses on Emotional Based School Avoidance (EBSA). Go to our Podcast page for more details.

Free Mental Health Support Groups

Teenage Mental Health in Ipswich, host a number of weekly support groups. For further details visit the Teenage Mental Health website

Anna Freud announced Free online webinars for reducing exclusions

The Anna Freud website are offering free online training webinars for school staff on reducing exclusions through parental engagement. The spaces are only available for senior staff from mainstream schools. Visit Anna Freud website for details.

New Crisis Tools learning guide to help you support young people in Crisis

Crisis Tools learning guides developed with Health Education England (HEE)

New EBSA resources available to support children and families

Go to the EBSA Emotionally Based School Avoidance section for advice to support children who are anxious about going to school.

Restorative Justice Training

Leading on from the successful Keys to Inclusion training, the Psychology and Therapeutic Service are now offering Restorative Justice training to education setting staff across Suffolk.

PHE launches new Psychological First Aid training

The online training, developed by Public Health England, is now available for those supporting children and young people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Support for young people's mental wellbeing

Young people in Suffolk have faced different pressures, uncertainties and challenges over the past year. This Support for young people's mental wellbeing document includes useful websites, organisations, helplines and apps that offer a range of support services.

Teenage Mental Health Service

A self referral mental health service for children, teenagers, and adults offering counselling, advice and support, and free support groups for under 25s. Visit

Supporting children who are anxious and worried

Free Mental Health First Aid Training for staff working with children and young people

Teachers, health and social workers, volunteers, carers and parents who care/work with children and young people aged up to 25, can now access new online Psychological First Aid (PFA) training course (This course is free to complete. Please ignore the option to buy the course certificate).

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