CPFT offers support to help teenagers through exam pressure

Clinician offers advice to sixth-formers on how to manage stress levels 

CPFT offers support to help teenagers through exam pressure
09 May 2017


Young people who need help to manage their stress levels during the exam season are being urged to seek the help of experts from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

The Trust – which provides mental health and physical health services – has a free online programme, SilverCloud, aimed at helping people manage stress, depression and a wide range of anxiety disorders.

The programme is offered by the Trust’s Psychological Wellbeing Service, and practitioner Laura Bratt has visited a number of secondary schools in the city to speak to sixth-formers about their mental wellbeing.

Laura said: “It’s crucial that young people know how to manage their mental wellbeing, especially around exam times.

“They are going through a big transitional period, and some of them may need that extra bit of support - not just from their family and friends, but also from the services provided by CPFT.

“What we have to get over is any stigma. There is nothing wrong with asking for extra support. Mental health issues can affect one in 10 young people and emotional wellbeing is just as important as physical health. Our SilverCloud service is very effective way for people to get help and work towards recovery from their conditions, and it means they can go online at a time and place most convenient for them.”

The Trust’s Psychological Wellbeing Service is open to anyone over the age of 16 years and 9 months old who is registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. People can refer themselves directly to the Psychological Wellbeing Service by using the form on the CPFT website here or by calling 0300 300 0055.

Treatments available include personal therapy, guided self-help, and group sessions including training in Mindfulness. Anyone suitable for SilverCloud will be given a secure password to the online system.
SilverCloud is a cognitive behavioural therapy-based treatment that can help people overcome problems by changing the way they think and behave.

It is recommended that people take about eight weeks to complete each online course. A therapist will regularly review each patient’s answers to the online modules. Patients can also leave comments, and the therapist can email them back.

Of those who have already completed a SilverCloud programme, seven out of 10 have reported a “significant improvement” in their wellbeing, while five out of 10 make significant progress and require no further treatment.

Ben Treverton, head of sixth-form at the Thomas Deacon Academy, where Laura recently spoke to sixth-form students, said: “We welcome representatives from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust coming in and speaking to our pupils.

“The more we can inform, signpost and talk about the issues of mental health with young people, the better it must be. Laura’s session has been incredibly useful in pointing out the different kinds of therapies available and how they might be accessed by our young people if they need them.”

Laura Bratt is pictured above (left) with Jo Throne, study support officer at Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough, and head of sixth-form Ben Treverton 


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Media and Marketing Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 07893 340795




Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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