Are you a child or young person in Doncaster struggling with your thoughts and feelings and don't know where to go? You can access information and advice on this page.
Children and young people in Doncaster have told us what is important to them when they feel worried, upset or are struggling with their feelings. With this information Doncaster Council and Doncaster CCG (NHS services) have put together this page to help you with some of the problems you may be having.
Where to Get Help
There is lots of support available to children and young people who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing. We have listed some resources below.
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
- Young Minds
- NSPCC: Mental Health
- Mental Health Foundation: Children and Young People
- Your Life: Physical and Mental Health
You can speak to a School Nurse in confidence about a range of topics including anxiety, bullying and mental wellbeing.
How can I speak to a School Nurse?
- Book a confidential session by calling: 01302 566776
- Use the confidential texting service: 07917031891
- Download the eClinic app (for 11-19 year olds)
With Me in Mind: Super Sam
Doncaster Council Young Advisors have written a book about ‘Super Sam’ which is intended to be used as a resource to raise awareness of mental health issues and to encourage children and young people to talk about their feelings. Read all about Super Sam here.
Children can also access mental health support from workers who are based in and near schools and colleges around Doncaster who help children and young people with their mental health as part of the local ‘With Me in Mind’ programme. The programme aims to reduce waiting lists for mental health support and improve the overall wellbeing of pupils experiencing various mental health issues.
Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone, this can include name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours or threatening someone. It can happen anywhere; at school, at home, or on the internet (known as cyber-bullying).
If you're being bullied then it's important that you speak to somebody you can trust, such as a parent or teacher; you can also speak to the School Nurse.BULLYING SERVICES
Cyber-bullying is bullying which takes place online or through your phone/tablet. It that can happen by text message or through social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat.
Cyber-bullying may include 'trolling’ – this is when someone keeps sending upsetting messages through social media, chat rooms and internet games.
Just because the bullying is happening online, it doesn't make it any less wrong or hurtful. If you're being bullied then it's important that you speak to somebody you can trust, such as a parent or teacher; you can also speak to the School Nurse.CYBER-BULLYING SERVICES
Eating Disorders (Including Body Image)
An eating disorder is a mental health condition where you use the control of food to cope with feelings and other situations. Unhealthy eating behaviours may include eating too much or too little or worrying about your weight or body shape. Anyone can get an eating disorder, but teenagers between 13 and 17 are mostly affected.
The most common eating disorders are:
- anorexia nervosa – trying to control your weight by not eating enough food, exercising too much, or doing both
- bulimia – losing control over how much you eat and then taking drastic action to not put on weight
- binge eating disorder (BED) – eating large portions of food until you feel uncomfortably full
The Community Eating Disorder Service is run by RDASH, it offers support to children and young people up to the age of 19 who are experiencing moderate to severe eating disorders.
Body dysmorphia is a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often unnoticeable to others. People of any age can have body dysmorphia, but it's most common in teenagers and young adults.If you struggle with an eating disorder or body dysmorphia, please speak to someone you trust so that you can get help. You can speak to the School Nurse for information on professional support.
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Do you think you lead a healthy lifestyle? There's more to being healthy than not being unwell, it includes having a balanced, healthy diet, undertaking regular exercise and looking after both your physical and mental health and wellbeing.Find out more about healthy lifestyles and healthy eating and exercise.
LGBTQ+, Sexuality and Gender Identity
Are you confused about your sexual feelings? Do you feel alone in your feelings about your sexuality and gender? Or are you a member of the LGBTQ+ community and need support or would like to meet with other young people?
Questioning your sexuality or gender is perfectly normal and you shouldn't feel alone. Many people (young and old) experience these feelings and having someone to talk to about it can make the world of difference.
Doncaster LGBTQ Youth Hub
Doncaster LGBTQ is a leading partnership advocating for and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people. We envision a world in which all LGBTQ children, young people and families enjoy the freedom to live safely, openly and genuinely.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently meeting holding virtual meetings every Tuesday, 5pm - 6pm. We will be looking to resume in person meetings as soon as we are able to - these will be held at a central location in Doncaster.
Please contact us for membership details.
- Tel: 01302 737993
- Email: LGBTQenquiries@doncaster.gov.uk
- Facebook: @DoncasterYouthHub
- Twitter: @HubsYouth
For more services which support young people who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, click on the link below.
When you think of a relationship, your first thought may be a romantic relationship between two (or more) people, but relationships aren't limited to the connection you have with a partner, they include the relationship you have with your friends and family too.
As you get older, your relationships may change and evolve but it's important to ensure that you always feel safe, comfortable and respected. If you're worrying about things at home, school or with your friends, then you can speak to the School Nurse or one of the services on the link below.
Do your feelings make you want to hurt yourself?
Some people use self-harm as a coping mechanism but the release they feel from hurting themselves will only ever be temporary. If you self-harm, or are thinking of self-harming, then we'd urge you to talk to somebody about how you're feeling. There's lots of support available including speaking to the School Nurse or one of the services on the link below.
Do you need information about sex, your sexual health, sexual infections or sexual relationships? You can speak confidentially to a School Nurse or access information on sexual health and contraception through Project 3. There are also a range of service available to help on the link below.
Stress and Anxiety
Is your stress or anxiety affecting your day to day life? Do you think it is affecting how you feel about yourself or are you having unhelpful thoughts?
It's perfectly normal to feel stressed or anxious from time to time but if these feelings happen quite often or they're affecting your day to day life then it may be time to talk to somebody about it.
Do you use alcohol or drugs to numb your feelings or to get through the day? Would you like support but you're not sure who or where to turn to? Project 3 can help. Project 3 provide 1:1 support to help you stop substance misuse and also offer 1:1 sessions to help prevent you from relapsing.
You can also access information on other services which can help on the link below.
Information for Parents / Carers / Families
Are you a family member worried about, or need more support for, a young person in your care?
If you need to speak to someone straight away you can call Doncaster Children's Services Trust using the following contact details:
This page has been developed in connection with the Doncaster Local Transformation Plan.
We need to understand and provide the best possible services for our children and young people, and their families, to ensure that they can access appropriate services, at a time when they need them and have access to expert and appropriate online support.