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A message form Familyworks Counselling Service

We know Christmas can be a difficult time for many and we are aware that this year is no exception. Below is the link to Lifeline helpline where anyone can access support when the school counselling service is closed over the Christmas holidays. This service is available to anyone, including young people 24 hours per day, every day of the year.

If parents are concerned about a crisis mental health situation, they can take their child to A & E, or can speak to their local GP for advice in the first instance.

We are aware that some young people who are distressed are awaiting an appointment from CAMHS. If a young person's mental health worsens whilst on the CAMHS waiting list parents should telephone their local CAMHS and speak to them about this.

We are posting additional mental health information advice and support on the Familyworks website, on Facebook and Instagram on the 23rd of December and before the New Year as well.

Best Wishes,


Edith Bell | Director of Counselling


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