Welcome to the Self Help Hub's guide to supporting services - listed under this section for E & F are the following: Eating Issues, Environment, Epilepsy, Exams, Forced Marriage, Forgiveness, Friends.
Youthline - 0808 801 0677
Studentline - 0808 801 0811
B-eat are the UK's eating disorder charity, a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered.
ABC - Anorexia and Bulimia Care - 03000 11 12 13 (option 1 for support line, option 2 for family and friends).
Information and support.
Concerned with the environment and the consequences of rubbish/single use plastic. They arrange regular 'plogs' which are run/walk and rubbish pick ups to get rubbish off the streets and away from our rivers. They have also set up school plogging clubs which allow children to get involved and become passionate about cleaning up their local environment. Contact them if you would like to set up a plog in your school.
Young Epilepsy - Helpline 01342 831342
Support information and advice enabling children and young people with epilepsy and related conditions to thrive and reach their ambitions.
Download HYCS' Exam Stress leaflet in the Self Help Hub for resources and tips to help with Exam Stress.
Advice, plans, revision tips - everything you need to improve your revision technique for exams.
NHS Fitness Studios
Instructor-led exercise workouts lasting from 10-45 minutes - from aerobics and pilates to yoga and bellydancing.
Muslim Youth Helpline - 0808 808 2000
An award winning registered charity which provides faith and culturally sensitive, confidential services to Muslim youth in the UK. The helpline service is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year including Bank Holidays and Eid.
Police - 999 or 111
If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of FGM then please call the Police on 999.
If it is not an emergency you can also call the Police on 111 for advice.
Forward - 0208 960 4000 ext 1 or 07834 168 141
Forward are the leading African women-led organisation working to end violence against women and girls. Contact Forward for information, advice and one-to-one support.
In the UK, forced marriage is against the law and, if you are being made to get married to someone that you don't want to, you have a right to say no. Here are some organisations who can help you:
Forward - 0208 960 4000 ext 1 or mobile 07834 168 141
Forward is the leading African women-led organisation working to end violence against women and girls. Contact Forward for information, advice and one-to-one support.
Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) - 020 7008 0151
From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 0151
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Out of hours: 020 7008 1500 (ask for the Global Response Centre)
You can contact the FMU if you’re trying to stop a forced marriage or if you need help leaving a marriage you’ve been forced into.
UK Helpline: 0800 5999 247
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm.
If you are in immediate danger call 999
If you are being pressured to get married against your will or fear to bring shame or dishonour on your family, have been emotionally or physically abused or fear being disowned you can talk in confidence to Karma Nirvana.
"Forgiveness is a gift. It loses its power as a gift if we make it a duty".John Braithwaite - pioneer in restorative justice
When we've been hurt or seen others hurt by something that has happened it's natural to feel a range of emotions - from anger and sadness to fear, numbness or vulnerability.
Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is ourselves.
Finding forgiveness can feel really hard and may not feel right for you - but remember that forgiveness is not the same as making excuses for or condoning bad behaviour nor does it mean allowing abuse to continue or remaining inactive against it.
Choosing forgiveness or finding moments of forgiveness can be helpful as a powerful way to support yourself - by putting you back in control. It's one way to break the vicious cycle of revenge where those hurt then do the hurting; it may allow you to move on rather than being forever defined by that chapter in your story by what has happened, it may inspire you to help others who may be feeling as you have done.
Supporting A Friend
We may want to 'be there' for our friends but sometimes it can be hard to know how best to support them - you may be unsure what to say for the best, how to help or where to get help. You may be feeling overwhelmed or worried.
Some general tips that can be helpful to are to:
1. Stay calm
2. Listen - try not to judge.
3. Check - what help do they want from you? Be aware of what you can deal with, don't take on more than you can manage.
4. Support options - If it feels right, you can also encourage them to think of support options including self help ideas or professional help, if appropriate, such as a GP, teacher, counsellor or helping organisation. You may even want to offer to go with them when they do so, to give them support.
5. Seek help if you are worried for their safety - if you think they might be at risk or are unsafe its important to tell a trusted adult - perhaps a teacher, parent or other trusted adult professional.
6. Take care of yourself - if you find that you are struggling and their difficulties are making you feel sad, overwhelmed or really worried please make sure you seek support for yourself!
Additional Sources of Help:
The following organisations are just some of those who can provide advice on how best to support a friend going through difficulties:
Childline - Helping a Friend section
A site about helping you to help friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally
Internet Matters - Pressure to be Perfect toolkit including downloadloadable teens guide to How to Support a Friend who is struggling online.
A website offering information on many aspects of young peoples' mental health and wellbeing.
Anna Freud Network for Children & Families
"Helping Someone Else' booklet available to download.