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Exam Stress

It is normal to feel a bit worried about exams. Be kind to yourself and make sure that when you’re thinking about how to use your time before exams, you factor in time to look after yourself, you deserve it!

Here’s some help and advice if it’s all getting a bit too much.

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Young People

For young people aged 11 and over

There is so much information available out there, but it’s not always easy to know where to find it.

It’s so important that you speak to someone if you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health. Parents, Carers, Teachers and Pastoral teams can all help. Young people are also able to independently access support from their GP and Practice Nurse.

Every school in Dudley has a named School Nurse who is there to offer you advice, help and support. If you don’t know who your School Nurse is, you can contact the School Nurse Main Office on 01384 408990 and ask them for their name and contact details.

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Young People aged 11-18, who live in Dudley or attend a school/college in Dudley, have access to KOOTH, an online service specifically designed to support young people’s mental wellbeing.

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Wysa is a mental health app that has been commissioned by Black Country Health NHS Foundation Trust. Wysa provides you with a safe, anonymous, and non-judgmental space where you can talk about anything and everything that’s bothering you. You’ll get full access to all of Wysa’s self-help tool packs free for 12 months from when you download it.

To access Wysa Digital Premium, please click the web link from your smartphone. If you are asked to input a code, please use BCDU2023.
Please note – If you are accessing Wysa via your mobile device click on the link below – this will take you directly to the app store for your device to allow you to download the app.

Downloading the Wysa app from the Google or App Play Store will not provide access to Wysa premium features.

If you are accessing Wysa on a laptop or desktop, please scan the QR code in the leaflet with your phone to allow you to download the app from the relevant store.

Click here to access Here4YOUth

Here4YOUth is specifically designed for Children & Young People to receive harm reduction information and ongoing support if using alcohol and other drugs. Here4YOUth also provides a social prescribing service that connects and supports access to hobbies, activities, and other areas of support.

The What? Centre is a Young Person’s Advice and Counselling Service with bases in Stourbridge (main base) and Dudley.

Dudley Talking Therapy Service supports individuals aged 16 or over (school leavers and adults) who are experiencing common mental health problems; such as anxiety, depression, low mood, panic or phobias. The service accepts self-referrals.

The links in the next section of the site are to websites specifically designed for young people, and will hopefully provide you with the information you want, in a language you understand.

If You Are Feeling Lonely

Loneliness can affect us all, at any time in our lives. Everyone’s experiences of loneliness are different. You should not blame yourself for feeling lonely now or at any other time, and it’s also really important to remember that loneliness and difficult feelings can pass.

The NHS Every mind matters has some useful information and sources of support.

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Getting Support When Someone Has Died

When someone dies, it can be hard to know what to think, feel or do next. Whether it’s a parent, sibling, friend or someone you admired from afar, suddenly not having them in your life can feel scary and upsetting. Winston’s Wish provide lots of online support that can help you to make sense of your grief, express your feelings and find healthy ways to cope.

Helping a friend

It can be difficult to know how to respond when someone opens up to you about their mental health. Childline, Anna Freud and Young Minds all have useful information and advice on what you can say and how you can support a friend, while looking after your own mental health too.