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Do you have a child who is struggling to attend school?

Many children are experiencing attendance difficulties whether due to anxiety or other mental health issues , unmet SEND, physical illness, bullying or academic pressure.

It can sometimes be very hard for parents to navigate through the maze of SEND, EHCP’s, reasonable adjustments, parental responsibility for attendance etc...

We are here to support you and to help you to access appropriate information and guidance from the relevant organisations As well as liasing with local services we work closely with the national organisation to offer an holistic approach which will support you to support your child.

• Confidential and child centered advice
• Signposting
• Outreach support
• Ideas for “reasonable adjustments” in school
• Medical evidence guidance
• Shared resources
• Solution focused

Please contact us via any of the following: or

Suffolk County Council advise you can also contact Suffolk Family Focus School Attendance Service at: where they work in partnership with parents and schools to achieve the best outcomes for the child.

What is Youth Mental Health First Aid Lite?

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Lite is an introductory course designed to raise awareness of young people’s mental health and the issues that can affect this age group. The training can be attended by anyone from 16 upwards and is relevant for people who teach, work, live with and care for 8 to 18 year olds, including young people themselves.

Youth MHFA Lite is not intended to replace our two day Youth MHFA training course but is a good introduction to those interested in young people’s mental health.

Each and every Youth MHFA Lite course is delivered by a quality assured instructor, who has attended the seven day instructor training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health to deliver our two day Youth MHFA course.

What will I learn on a Youth MHFA Lite course?

Our Youth MHFA Lite instructors deliver training that enables you to:
• Gain a wider understanding of some issues surrounding young people’s mental health
• Interact more effectively with young people who are experiencing mental health issues
• Get an insight into the full two day Youth MHFA course and the benefits of becoming a Youth Mental Health First Aider

Throughout the course our instructors providing a safe learning environment where participants are supported throughout the whole course. At the end of the day, everyone will receive a copy of the Youth MHFA Lite manual which is an excellent reference and support resource.

How will attending a Youth MHFA Lite course help?

The course will:
• Explore the issues around young people’s mental health and how to relate to them
• Help you to support young people who may be experiencing mental health issues

Research and evaluation also shows that taking part in an MHFA course:
• Raises awareness and mental health literacy
• Reduces stigma around mental ill health
• Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
• Promotes early intervention which enables recovery

For more information about Youth Lite MHFA training and consultancy please visit or to book onto a course contact: Bec Jasper 07801 330827

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Contact Supportline: 07856 038799

Meetings in Suffolk

parent support Suffolk

We are currently meeting up on the first Monday of every month in Stowmarket, and the third Monday in Bury St Edmunds. We are a very informal group and tea and coffee is always provided - sometimes even biscuits and cake! Come along.

Support for parents/carers

carer support Suffolk

PACT offer free, confidential support, including information and advice to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person. We offer a safe environment to support with no judgement.

Self Help Resources

Self help for parents and carers

We can offer a wide range of self help resources to support you and your child. These include access to books, links to online content, connections with other organisations and the chance to come to one of our meetings to chat and share ideas.