Welcome to the well being being pages, with resources and ideas to support you, if you need it, through these difficult times.
Hinckley & Bosworth are interested in hearing about the views and experiences of young people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The Young People’s Safety Survey will be used to gather insights which will help us to shape our work around improving safety in communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The survey is for any young people aged between 11 and 24 that want to have their voices heard, please follow this link: Young People’s Safety Survey – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HXWFT8V
Internet Watch Foundation
Internet Watch Foundation campaign launched to raise awareness of “self-generated” child sexual abuse material
In the last year, “self-generated” child sexual abuse imagery has increased by 77% and is a third of all child sexual abuse material identified and removed from the internet. These included images of girls aged 11 to 13 whose abuse had been recorded via a webcam in a domestic setting.
To help prevent the creation of this type of abusive imagery, a campaign has been launched by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) backed by the Home Office and Microsoft. It aims to help raise awareness of this type of criminality among parents and carers of young teens, empower and educate girls aged 11 to 13+ to spot the techniques used by sexual predators and give them the knowledge to Block, Report, Tell someone they trust.
It is a national campaign running from Wednesday 21 April for six weeks. You can find out more on the IWF website, as well as specific sites for parents and young people.
Concerns over Discord and Avakin life
They are both linked to Gaming – Discord is one of the most popular communication tools for gamers, while Avakin Life is a mobile game. Beyond this, however, both share a reputation for being highly dangerous for children and young people. Users of Discord can create or join ‘servers’ where they can talk with other users in groups via text messages or voice calls or send direct messages on video calls. Children can access almost any chat server so they can easily be exposed to inappropriate conversations and provocative discussions, sexualised images and pornographic videos. Unregulated interactions mean children could be at risk of cyber bullying or grooming from predators from anywhere in the world. Described as ‘a place where teens and adults can meet new friends’ Avakin Life has more than 1.4 million daily users. Players create virtual avatars (an Avakin) and style them in (often revealing) outfits, and interact with others on communal spaces which are full of suggestive and adult themes. Due to the fact that age is not verified, an underaged child and a much older person with a false identity and the intention to groom could be interacting together in the game. Other risks include gambling and addiction to gaming. Please continue to monitor your child’s online behaviours as always.
FROM THE PRINCE’S TRUST
Anxiety UK is a user-led organisation that supports anyone with anxiety, phobias, panic attacks or other anxiety-related disorders. 03444 775 774 or text 07537 416 905
Beat act as a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected by eating disorders, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered. 0808 801 0711
Big White Wall is a unique online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programmes and creative outlets.
Bipolar UK is the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. 0333 323 3880
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is a helpline for young males aged 16 to 35 years, suffering from depression and low self-esteem. It offers counselling, advice and information. 0800 58 58 58 (or London based callers can dial 0808 802 58 58)
My CAMHS Choices is a website that provides necessary information required to help young people make meaningful choices about their care.
Childline provides help for anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. 0800 1111
Ditch The Label help young people navigate through issues related to bullying, such as improving mental health, body image, coming out and building confidence and self-esteem.
Doc Ready is a digital tool that helps young people to prepare and make the most out of mental health related GP visits. It helps young people to know what to expect during a GP consultation, plan what to say and record the outcomes of their appointments.
Get Connected is a support and signposting service for young people under 25. Telephone, email, text and webchat support.
HeadMEeds Owned and managed by the national charity YoungMinds, HeadMeds is a website for young people about mental health medication.
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop.
LifeSIGNS provide information about self-injury and support people as and when they choose to make changes in their lives.
Maytree is a registered charity supporting people in suicidal crisis in a non-medical setting. They offer a free 4-night/5-day stay, and the opportunity to be befriended and heard in complete confidence, without judgement and with compassion and warmth. 0207 263 7070
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health issue. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. 0300 123 3393
The Mix is the UK’s free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don’t know where to turn. 0808 808 4994
Moodscope exist in order to help people to positively manage their moods.
Mini-Me is an Online mood-tracking tool that responds to how you are feeling: congratulates you when you feel good, shows you pictures/videos etc. that you like if you feel a bit off, and contacts a trusted person that you have selected on your behalf if you are feeling really bad.
National Self Harm Network is a forum that provides support for individuals who self harm, and for families and carers that may be affected by self harm.
OCD Action provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD. 0845 390 6232
OCD-UK is a national charity that provide evidence-based information, advice
and support to those affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Papyrus gives non-judgemental support, advice and information for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress. 08000 68 41 41
Recover Your Life (RYL) is one of the biggest and best Self-Harm Support Communities on the internet.
Rethink Mental Illness helps those affected by severe mental illness.
Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. 116 123
Sane works to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental health issues. 0300 304 7000
Selfharm UK exist in order to support and nurture young people who may be experiencing difficulties with self-harm.
Student Minds is a mental health charity that works with students, service users, professionals and academics to develop new and innovative ways to improve the mental health of students.
Students Against Depression is a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.
Young Minds provides information, advice and training for young people, parents, carers and professionals.
Please find information below about some interesting work that the Samaritans have developed:
New guidance on staying safe online, co-designed by young people with lived experience of self-harm and suicidal feelings and experience of supporting others at risk. > https://www.samaritans.org/about-samaritans/research-policy/internet-suicide/online-safety-resources/
MAKING SENSE OF IT ALL
HOW TO RESPOND
We’re sharing urgent concerns about conversations happening online on TikTok, about ‘Megan is Missing’, a movie being discussed on social media.
Through our new campaign Stop.Breathe.Think young people can access free 1-1 counselling sessions via
Youth workers, social workers, teachers and parents can also refer a young person via the same link.
We have also launched a text support service where young people can text BREATHE to 85258, to speak to one of our trained volunteers first. All volunteers are supported by experienced clinical supervisors.
What makes our support different?
* Our text service is available 24/7.
* Unlike many other free counselling services, there are no wait times and the young person/person referring someone is contacted within 24 hours.
* We have a team of 30 counsellors working with us who specialise in different issues. So, a young person can get the right targeted and specialised support from the start.
We want as many young people as possible to access the mental health support they need during these difficult times.
Thank you so much for your support and hopefully together we provide more young people with the vital support they need right now. Don’t forget to tag Snow-Camp Charity when you post on your social so we can re share too.
There are emerging issues regarding the use of Nitrous Oxide and Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council and the Police are finding significant amounts of canisters which are disposed of in parks, in industrial estates and on streets etc
Inhaling nitrous oxide can result in a lack of oxygen to the brain. This can result in a person falling unconscious and even dying through suffocation or heart problems. This risk is likely to be greater if the gas is consumed in an enclosed space or if a lot is used at the same time.
Regular or heavy use of nitrous oxide has been linked to a deficiency in vitamin B12. This can lead to nerve damage which causes pain and tingling in the toes and fingers. Studies have also linked heavy use of the gas to some forms of anaemia, which affects your red blood cells and leads to tiredness and weakness.
Using nitrous oxide whilst drinking can cause ill effects and accidents as both these drugs are depressants
Ever since the Psychoactive Substances Act came into effect on 26 May 2016 it has been illegal to supply or import nitrous oxide for human consumption.
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