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Mid December Newsletter

Walking up to New Year

As the new year begins, many young people may feel a mix of emotions. While some may feel excited and optimistic about the fresh start, others may experience anxiety or uncertainty about what the new year will bring. The impact of waking up to the new year can have a significant effect on a young person's mental health.

For some young people, the new year represents a chance to make positive changes in their lives. They may set resolutions or goals, such as improving their grades, getting in shape, or learning a new skill. This can be a motivating factor that provides a sense of purpose and direction. However, unrealistic expectations or pressure to succeed can lead to feelings of failure, disappointment, and self-criticism.

The new year can also bring a sense of overwhelm or uncertainty. Young people may worry about the future, such as applying for college, finding a job, or navigating relationships. This can lead to anxiety or depression, particularly if they feel unprepared or unsupported.

To promote good mental health in the new year, young people should prioritise self-care and seek support from trusted adults. They should focus on realistic goals and take small steps towards achieving them, rather than setting lofty or unattainable targets. Establishing healthy habits, such as getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly, can also improve mental well-being.

Additionally, young people should seek support from trusted adults, such as parents, teachers, or counsellors. These individuals can provide guidance, encouragement, and resources to help young people navigate challenges and achieve their goals.

In conclusion, waking up to the new year can have a significant impact on a young person's mental health. By prioritising self-care, setting realistic goals, and seeking support, young people can navigate the new year with ease and improve their mental well-being.

Christmas Opening Hours

What we have been up to?

This year, we've successfully completed over 480 assessments and held 8060 therapeutic appointments, providing crucial support to patients in Suffolk and beyond. Our dedicated team of therapists have played a vital role in making this possible.

These numbers represent hundreds of children and adults who accessed timely mental health therapy without enduring long waits. Our goal is to provide the service anyone seeking therapeutic counselling would hope for, with the added bonus knowing this naturally alleviates the strain on public health services while ensuring swift support for those in need.

TMH is ready to do more. These figures don't reflect our full capacity, and we're prepared to grow further to assist even more individuals in the future. By recruiting top-tier therapists, we aim to maintain a high level of service without resorting to waiting lists. Because no one should endure lengthy waits for mental health support.

If you know someone with struggles for them or their children, or you're connected to a school, college, or children's services of any form (and adult) - or know someone who is - spread the word about our services.

We're here and ready to make a positive impact.

Christmas message to all our subscribers on Self-Care

As the year draws to a close, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you. This year has been a journey of growth, resilience, and support, and we are immensely thankful for the trust you've placed in us.

Amid the festive season's hustle and bustle, we encourage you to take a moment for yourself. Reflect on your journey, celebrate your victories, and acknowledge the strength within. Self-care is a precious gift, and during this time, it's essential to nurture your mental and general well-being.

The holidays can bring a mix of emotions, and it's okay to feel them all. Whether you find comfort in quiet moments or joy in festive gatherings, honour what your heart needs.

Stepping into the New Year, embrace the possibilities, set intentions and be kind to yourself.

TMH is here to support you or those you care about. Our commitment to providing timely and compassionate mental health therapy care remains unwavering.

To the parents, caregivers, children, and teenagers we wish you a Christmas filled with warmth, laughter, moments of genuine connection or the peace and quiet and a rest you wish for.  May the New Year bring you peace, resilience, and the strength to face any challenges that may come your way.

Thank you for being a vital part of TMH. Your trust fuels our dedication to making mental health care accessible and supportive. We look forward to the journey ahead and the positive impact we can create together.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with self-care, growth, and well-being.

With gratitude,

The Teenage Mental Health Team

Services and their opening hours over the Christmas break.

If you’re in crisis over Christmas. You can reach out the following organisations.

·         Call 111. Open 24hours 365 days a year.

·         Samaritans, 116 123 . Open 24hours 365 days a year.

·         Papyrus, Call 0800 068 4141. Open 24hours 365 days a year.

·         Childline, 0800 1111. Open 24hours 365 days a year.