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The Prime Minister has today set out the next steps in the easing of lockdown. See the press conference at Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (10 May 2021) for details.

Between 4.00pm on Wednesday 12 May and 7.30am on Thursday 13 May, the following systems will be unavailable due to essential maintenance: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit overpayments service, our welfare assistance form and our test and trace payments form. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

We continue to be here to support care leavers and there will always be someone you can contact to offer advice, help and support on 03000 262 271. 

Looking after your emotional wellbeing (care leavers)

Your emotional wellbeing is as important as your physical health. We can support you to stay healthy and look after your mental health and wellbeing.

We can:

  • support you to move from CAMHS to adult services
  • support you to speak to your GP to discuss your emotional wellbeing especially if you need help with what to say
  • give you information about counselling services that are available locally
  • give you details of helplines and websites that are free to access if you prefer to get support this way
  • help you to apply for a Freedom Card from Durham's Children in Care Council which is a leisure and activity pass as we know physical activity can be good for your mental health 
  • work with you to develop a 'health passport' containing key information from your childhood and your current health needs

Support from The Healthy Child Service

We can help you to get in touch with The Healthy Child Service who can give you lots of advice and support to stay healthy. They can visit you at school, college, in your home or somewhere else if you would feel more comfortable. They have staff who specialise in emotional health and can help you understand your mental health diagnosis if you have one.

Other support

  • NHS Moodzone: Whatever you need to know about coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs of life, the NHS Choices Moodzone can help. It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.
  • YoungMinds: YoungMinds are the UK's leading charity fighting for young people's mental health. Whether you want to find out more about mental health or if you need someone to talk to, YoungMinds are there to help.
  • Childline: They can give you help and advice about a wide range of issues.
  • Talking Changes: They can help you deal with common mental health problems such as stress, anxiety or depression, as well as panic phobias obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post traumatic stress disorder.
  • Samaritans: They offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way - about whatever's getting to you. You don't have to be suicidal.
Contact us
Young People's Service
03000 262 289
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