Welcome to P.E.A.C.H.Y.

Following the tragic loss of a young 15 year-old’s life to suicide, the founders of P.E.A.C.H.Y were envisioned to address some of the issues relating to the health and mental well-being of children and young people. The vision is two-fold: to raise awareness of the issues that affect the mental health of children and young people and to facilitate access to support and counselling in instances where the provision through existing or available routes is delayed.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) offer the following guidance for parents and young people:

What is depression?

When a person has depression they feel very sad or down, and the feelings don’t go away and may get worse. Depression is different from feeling a bit sad or down for a day or two, which is how everyone feels from time to time. A person may be depressed because they are very worried or stressed about something, or the feelings might just come out of the blue. As well as making a person feel sad, depression can make other problems worse: because they feel depressed, people may not feel like doing the things they usually enjoy or they may not feel like doing anything. This can affect a person’s mood, so they often also feel:

  • worried
  • tearful
  • moody
  • bored
  • tired most of the time.

A young person with depression may also:

  • find it difficult to concentrate
  • not want to see family and friends
  • have aches and pains
  • eat less or more than usual
  • have problems sleeping
  • injure or hurt themselves
  • feel as if life is not worth living.

NICE Guideline 28. www.nice.org.uk

How we can help:

We are also able to give talks in the following areas: 

  • The work of  PEACHY
  • Recognising the signs of depression in children and young people.
  • Mental Health amongst children and young people.

There are many organisations that are available to help parents, children and young people; a good place to start would be www.youngminds.org.uk and www.kidscape.org.uk

Links to other organisations
that you may find helpful;

Health

NHS Direct 0845 46 47
www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

The Eating Disorders Association
Youth Helpline 0845 634 7650

www.b-eat.co.uk/Home
Youthline (help with various issues including eating disorders) 0800 096 1425

Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders www.anred.com

Bereavement

Youth Cruse 0808 808 1677 www.rd4u.org.uk

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide www.uk-sobs.org.uk

Mental Health

Samaritans 0845 790 9090 www.samaritans.org.uk

Mind the mental health charity 08457 660 163 www.mind.org.uk

Rethink 0845 456 0455 www.rethink.org

Read the signs (site on mental health) www.readthesigns.org

National Self Harm Network www.nshn.co.uk
(the national helpline for under 18s for free confidential advice and information)
www.maketherightdecision.co.uk

National Drugs Helpline 0800 776600 www.talktofrank.com

Papyrus, Prevention of Young Suicide  www.papyrus-uk.org

Relationships

It’s not your fault – site for young people going through a family break-up www.itsnotyourfault.org

Personal relationships www.bbc.co.uk/onelife/
www.avert.org (information for young gays and lesbians)

Young carers Carers Line 0808 808 7777
www.youngcarer.com
www.youngcarers.net

The following helplines/websites cover a variety of issues.

Connexions Direct 080 800 13 2 19
www.connexions-direct.com

Bullying

www.dcsf.gov.uk/bullying

www.childline.org.uk

www.bullying.co.uk

www.kidscape.org.uk

www.need2know.co.uk

www.sortit.org.uk

Abuse

NSPCC 0808 800 5000 www.nspcc.org.uk

Childline 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk

Domestic violence helpline 0808 200 0247

P.E.A.C.H.Y. has no responsibility for the contents of the websites listed on this page.