Stress LESS is a county-wide, pilot campaign that launched across the county during National Revision Week, 18–22 April 2016 and peaked during Mental Health Awareness Week (16-22 May 2016). The campaign seeks to empower students (aged 12–18) to find positive ways of coping with school/college and exam stress.
This is a Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind) project, funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council.
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The campaign focuses on the message ‘Take five; feel better’, equipping students with simple strategies they can use over five weeks, to feel less stressed and encourages them to create their own Stress LESS Action Plan, by identifying small changes that can make a big difference. Students can also get creative and share their own strategies on social media using the hashtag #Take5challenge.
Stress LESS Champions
A key part of the campaign is a network of 18 county-wide Stress LESS Champions — students (aged 14–18) who promote the #Take5challenge strategies to other students, share their own and signpost their peers to help and support as and when required.
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Helplines & Information Links
A new young people’s mental health website for young people, parents/carers, teachers and other professionals. It is a central point for good quality information on keeping well, self-help and support services. The website covers a range of issues including stress, bullying, self-harm and what to do in a mental health crisis.
This is a free online counselling service providing information and support for people aged between 11 and 24 years. Young people can book counselling as regular structured sessions with an assigned counsellor, or use the ‘drop in service’ online and have a text based conversation with a trained counsellor. The service is available 12noon-10pm Monday-Friday and 6pm-10pm on weekends, 365 days a year. To find out more about Kooth visit www.kooth.com
You can now access mental health crisis support by dialing 111 and selecting option 2. The service is available to anyone, of any age, currently living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in mental health crisis. Individuals may call themselves or others can call on behalf of someone in crisis. For more information please visit: http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/about-u
This scheme provides recommended expert endorsed books about mental health for 13-18 year-olds through libraries. The books provide high-quality information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues. Topics include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, bullying and exams. Collections are available through Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Libraries’ book list: www.reading-well.org.uk/books/