Half of mental health problems start before the age of 14 - a new website aims to give young people in Cambridgeshire support
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A new website has been launched to help children and young people tackle mental health issues.
The site, called Keep Your Head, aims to promote better mental health by providing reliable information about support and advice.
Lee Miller, from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG said: “The input we received from children and young people was invaluable in its development.
“This work is the first step of a wider programme for improving child and adolescent mental health services.”
Emma De Zoete, consultant in public health covering Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said: “It is vitally important young people, parents and carers have access to reliable and accurate information regarding mental health issues and the support available locally. The Keep Your Head website provides this.”
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Dominika Karpowicz, mental health campaigns officer for Mind in Cambridgeshire, said: “We hope it will become a central, go-to hub.
“We will be working to get the message out about the website as it is strongly linked to our Stress LESS and STOP Suicide campaigns.”
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Half of all mental health problems start before the age of 14, and it is estimated that in an average class of 15-year-old pupils, three could have a mental disorder.
The Keep Your Head website has a range of reliable national and local information and resources.
Photography students from Cambridge Regional College have provided images for the site, and the name was voted for via an online poll.
The website has been funded by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), with support from Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council.
Although primarily designed for young people, it also has information for GPs, schools and colleges and parents or carers.