We all need some extra help from time to time

Often we turn to family, friends, teachers or those that we are closest too. Sometimes however,  it can be hard to ask for help, or know who to turn to.

The links below may help you to find some support.

Need help now – are you in a crisis?

Need help in School?

  • Mrs Cook & Mrs Mountford in Pastoral Support  (In the Coral)
  • Your Form Tutor
  • Learning Support
  • Student Support

To raise concerns about yourself or someone else email enquiries@bottishamvc.org or phone 01223 340400 and leave a message, a member of the pastoral team will get back to you. 

Need more help?

Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Working across the East of England, we support children, young people and their families to see a brighter future.
Supporting young people up to the age of 25 with mental health, caring responsibilities, housing, sexual health and more
Kooth provides free and safe online counselling and support for children and young people in  aged 10 to 25 years old. The online service is a confidential and anonymous way for young people to get help with their emotional wellbeing, where you can seek advice and information or to speak to someone who understands.
Keep Your Head brings together reliable information on mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
Here to make sure young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties
A free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, we’re here for you online, on the phone, anytime.
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to them via online, social or their free, confidential helpline
The Happify app is your fast-track to a good mood. Try various engaging games, activity suggestions, gratitude prompts and more to train your brain as if it were a muscle, to overcome negative thoughts.
Get it on google Play
A service that helps you when things get a bit difficult to handle on your own.
The confidential text messaging service opens a new line of communication to young people and gives them an excellent opportunity to anonymously get in touch with a healthcare professional for that much-needed support with a simple touch of a button.
ChatHealth, which is run by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Child Programme, is available to people Monday to Friday between: 9.30am to 4.00pm.To access the service all users need to do is TEXT 07480 635 443 to start a conversation.Anyone who tries to reach out to ChatHealth for help out of hours will receive a bounce back message explaining where to get help if their question is urgent, and when they can expect a response. Texts are usually replied to within one working day and cost the same as a standard text or will come out of your contract message allowance.

Support for Young People with Special Needs

Welcome to SENDIASS

  • We offer information, advice and support about education, health and social care. This is private, and confidential and we don’t take sides (impartial).
  • We support you in the way you would like e.g. email, phone call, face-to-face etc.
  • We won’t take any action without discussing it with you and you agreeing this is what you want, unless by law we have to e.g. Safeguarding.
  • We will make sure you receive the information, advice and support you ask for.
  • We will keep you up to date on anything you have asked us to do.
  • We will try to make sure you are able to take part as much as you want to in the support you receive and decisions that affect you.
  • We will help you discuss issues with your parents/carers and professionals, recognising you are entitled to make your own decisions, and for them to be respected, even if other people do not agree with them.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our service. We will keep this private.

Either you or a parent/carer or friend can contact us:
Phone: 01223 699214
Email: sendiass@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Website: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/sendiass


Feeling low? Where can I get support?

There are lots of ways in which you can look after yourself to boost your mood. 

Try some simple things like:

  • Talk to someone – a parent, friends, teachers, a helpline
  • Do some exercise
  • Challenge your negative thoughts
  • Focus on the positive
  • Surround yourself with people who make you feel good

Talk to someone in school:

  • Pastoral Support
  • Heads of Learning
  • Form Tutor
  • Learning Support
  • Teachers
  • Friends

Shelf Help

A range of self help books recommended by mental health professionals, that is found in all library’s in Cambridgeshire

Use the Kooth and Young Minds websites (links above)

Worried about the following?

Drug Use

CASUS provide information, support and specialist treatment in Cambridgeshire, around drug and alcohol use, to young people under 18 and their families. 

Self Harm

Some really useful information here


The future is exciting, but can also seem daunting. Check Out –

Online/Social Media pressure

Whilst a fantastic way of keeping in touch, being online and on social media can cause stress and anxiety.

The following sites can help keep you safe and in control.
Remember – cyber-bullying is not acceptable.


  Hate Crimes 

Hate Crimes are taken very seriously, Stop Hate UK can offer support and advice to people who might have experienced a hate crime and supports them on how to report it if they choose to.

Lots of links to Wellbeing Resources from the NHS


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