Young Healthwatch: Letter to past and future me

Two volunteers from Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire have written letters that reflect on the Coronavirus pandemic and the impact that it has had. One has been written to their 10-year-old self and one to themself in 10 years time.
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These letters were written to help them process what is currently going on at the moment and to help adults understand some of the issues facing young people.

The letters detail worries around GCSE and A level results and what the future holds for them as well as how the world for young people has changed so dramatically.

Read the letter's here

Letter to future me
Letter to 10 year old me

If you need support

Local services

Youth Works Northamptonshire has an online live chat every Monday and Tuesday, 5pm - 7pm where a young person, parent or carer can message to receive mental health support and advice. This is available via their Facebook and Instagram pages

The Lowdown offers one to one emotional support for 11-25 year olds (and for parents of people younger than 25) and has an Online emotional support chatbot and wellbeing support helpline: 01604 622223. More wellbeing resources and videos are also available on their website.

The School Nursing service is still operational and is available for advice via their text service, Chat Health: 07507 329 600 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm)

Crisis Cafés

12-18 year olds can get support in person at the Young people’s Crisis Café in Northampton, Monday 4-8pm or Kettering, Thursday 4-8pm. Both are still running, but do now require young people to call up in advance so that a safe service can be maintained. Contact details are: Lowdown (for Northampton) 01604 622223 / info@thelowdown.info and Youth Works (for Kettering) 01536 518339

Over 18s can visit the NHFT and Mind Crisis Cafés

Adults can call the Northamptonshire mental health number for local support and services - call a friendly mental health navigator any time of the day or night:

0800 448 0828 - Lines available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

More online advice

YoungMinds

YoungMinds have lots of online advice, such as - Coronavirus mental health advice for young peopleWhat to do if you’re anxious about coronavirusCoronavirus mental health advice for parents and carers and other articles.

They have a Crisis Messager service for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis - if you need urgent help, text YM to 85258 (all texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus).

They also have a Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines).

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