It is important for young people to stay happy and healthy, and there are plenty of resources available locally to help enable this.
Staying Active and Healthy
Staying active is important for young people. From boosting your energy levels to improving your sleep, increasing your motivation to preventing illness, staying active is essential for young people to have a healthy lifestyle.
- Better, based at the Hive in Ely, offers a discounted student membership.
- Explore East Cambs showcases some of the many great open spaces for walking and cycling in East Cambs.
Ask My GP is a quick and efficient way to get advice from a doctor or nurse online. You will have to be registered at a doctors surgery, and then you can access ask my GP from your own doctors website.
It is important for young people to maintain good mental health for your overall wellbeing. Some emotional difficulties are normal as you develop, but if these are persistent then it is important to seek help. Mental health problems can interfere with work, education or social lives, so it is important to get the support you need if you feel like you are struggling.
Cambridgeshire libraries have many resources including the Reading Well Collections. One of their resources includes a reading well book list designed for young people.
Library resources are now also available online. Including books, magazines, newspapers and graphic novels.
Centre 33 offer free and confidential advice and support to young people up to the age of 25 relating to housing, mental health, money matters, sexual health, food bank vouchers or anything else on your mind.
YoungMinds are the UK's leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.
For help and support visit the YoungMinds website.
How Are You East Cambs brings together everything that promotes positive mental wellbeing, from activities across the district, to all the professional support that is available.
To find out more visit the H.A.Y. East Cambs website.
The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social media and mobile. A really useful website support service for young people, it has a free, confidential helpline, and a counselling service. They can help with advice on any challenge faced by young people, from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people.
On My Mind aims to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing.
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled, has a mental health condition or misuses drugs or alcohol.
If you are a young carer there is plenty of support available in East Cambridgeshire, please visit the Centre 33 website for more information.
Other useful Links
The Kite Trust
The Kite Trust is a Charity focused on supporting LGBT+ Young people. Visit The Kite Trust website to find out more.
During Mental Health Awareness Week 2023, The Kite Trust are campaigning in support of LGBTQ+ young people's mental health and wellbeing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
#MyWaysToWellbeing highlights a range of positive wellbeing strategies that young people can use to keep themselves well, and places they can reach out to for support if they need help.
The Kite Trust has a #MyWaysToWellbeing webpage that tells you more about the campaign and contains some useful links.