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Health & Wellbeing

Keeping well is important to keep good mental health. Being active, being with the people who make you feel good and care about you, getting out and about and doing the things you enjoy helps maintain good mental health and wellbeing.

Below are ways to build and maintain good mental health and wellbeing and where you can get information and support.  The coronavirus pandemic and measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 may also have an impact on your mental wellbeing at this time.

The Go-To-Emotional wellbeing and mental health website has lots of useful information on wellbeing and mental health for young people in North Yorkshire. They can help you find the right help and support, to help you stay well, whatever is going on in your life.

Mental Health Crisis

Experiencing mental health problems can be frightening and sometimes lonely.  If you haven't felt like this before you may not know what is happening. It is important not to feel alone. There are lots of great places where you can get information and support to help you. 

If your mental or emotional state gets worse quickly, this can be referred to as a mental health crisis or a mental health emergency.

A mental health crisis often means that you no longer feel able to cope or be in control of your situation. You may feel many things (although this may be different for individuals) including emotional distress or anxiety, that you can’t cope with day-to-day life or work, you might think about suicide or self–harm, or you might experience hallucinations and hear voices. You are not alone and there are a range of different options to help provide the right support for you

If you are experiencing difficult thoughts about wanting to hurt yourself it is important to get help quickly.

If you, or someone you know, have injured themselves or taken an overdose please dial 999 or go to A&E

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Talking to an adult you can trust 

Are there any adults in your life you feel you can talk to? This doesn’t need to be a parent, it could be a relative or a teacher or someone else you feel you can talk to.

Health Services crisis line

The Tees, Esk and Wear Vallys NHS Foundation Trust offer support to people in York who are experiencing mental health crisis. Their free phone crisis number will help in a mental health emergency.  Tel: 0800 0516171. Open 24 hours a day, seven days  week, callers, including those with learning disabilities and/or autism, will be offered a series of options which will divert them to their local crisis service. You can also find advice about what to do in a mental health emergency on their website.

Talking to a Adult you can trust? Are there any adults in your life you feel you can talk to? This doesn’t need to be a parent, it could be a relative or a teacher or someone else you feel you can talk to.


If you would like to talk to someone  York Samaritans The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, every day. You can phone them on 08457 90 90 90 or 01904 655888. You can also email them on and they will respond to you within 24 hours. 



Me Time Activities and Things to Do

Keeping engaged in the things you love and enjoy ca really support with keeping good mental health.

Check Shine for ad hoc activities happening throughout the year and during the school holidays.

Also search for activities and things to do, happening on a more regular basis using the online services directory search

Counselling, Help Lines, Support Groups and Wellbeing Services

There are many services offering support by a range of methods including text, face to face, telephone, email and face to face support. Find out more information on services providing emotional health and wellbeing support using our online search.

Alternatively get in touch with the Young People Information Service and we will try and help you find support.

School Nurses 

Need to talk to a school nurse? The City of York Healthy Child Service (5 - 19) team is made up of Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (SCPHNs) and Children and Young Peoples Outreach Nurses (CYPHONs) who work with school age children in the York area.

The school nurses are there to offer support and advice around all your healthy needs and have a key role in supporting children and young people in school settings.


  • help support the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people
  • provide advice on healthy choices (healthy eating, dental health, sexual health and substance misuse)
  • offer health reviews to ensure your child continues to reach its full potential
  • provide specific support for families with complex needs such as diabetes and asthma
  • offer advice and information on health issues such as bed wetting and behavioural problems
  • work closely with your child’s school to promote a healthy lifestyle
  • offer the childhood immunisation programme to protect against disease and infection

Young people can contact the school nurses confidentially by texting or calling telephone: 07833 437363, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

You can now book online appointments with the nurses using Attend Anywhere, an online appointments service allowing you to talk to a nurse using your phone, tablet or laptop.

To book an appointment email with your name, email address and mobile number. The school nurses will organise a time and date for your virtual appointment and send you a link to access the virtual waiting room where a nurse will admit you to the call.

The link contains all the information you need to get started with the Attend Anywhere service. It is very straight forward to access and can be accessed via mobile, tablet or computer wothout the need to install any applications. Having a virtual appointment is often more convenient as it will not require travel, however the face to face options are still available.

For more information about Attend Anywhere visit

You can access the Consultation Attend Anywhere Guide online.

School Wellbeing Service

The School Wellbeing Service provides support for young people who are presenting with mental health issues and concerns, which are below an intervention from CAMHS, but above what school pastoral structures can support.

In addition to The School Wellbeing Service information, the webpage contains lots of useful resources for both young people and parents/carers; including additional support services; website information; information about apps to download; links to self-help booklets; helpline information and practical information.

Search for Services

The service directory has details of local and national organisations that provide information about services for young people. Find services to support with Emotional Health and Wellbeing.


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