Mental Health

IAPT – Sunderland Psychological Wellbeing Service

If you are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety – General, Health, Social, Panic, Agoraphobia
  • Trauma
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCSD)
  • Loss or adjustment  disorder
  • Stress / work related stress
  • Coping with long term health conditions

…and you are 16 (you must have completed year 11 at school) or over, you can get help from IAPT – Sunderland Psychological Wellbeing Service.

You do not need a GP appointment or referral or even need to have informed us about this issue in the past.

For more details on the service and how to contact them click here.

NHS Every Mind Matters

NHS Every Mind Matters is a new website which includes tips and support on how to deal with change, cope with money worries and job uncertainty and how to look after your mental wellbeing. It includes practical tips and videos from experts on dealing with stress and anxiety, boosting your mood, sleeping better and what you can do to help others – including advice for parents and for children and young people.

It also includes help on staying at home and is continuously updated toi support people during COVID-19.

Kooth – Mental Health for Young People

If you need someone to understand, need advise or help a friend, Kooth is an online mental health services for children, young people and adults. accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

It offers the opportunity to talk to counsellors weekdays between 12 noon and 10pm and weekends between 6pm and 10pm.  You can also access articles and get support from the Kooth community.

To get more information and access services click here.

Creative Booklet: Art

Washington Mind’s Young Advisors have put a booklet together aimed at Year 9 and above which is a useful resource for any young person with any concerns or worries about their mental health.

Rethink Mental Illness

Mental Health Resources

Self-help is available in various different forms, what works for one may not work for another so there are different types of resources available.

If you feel you are in crisis then you can access help from the following services:

Crisis Team: 0303 123 1145
Samaritans: call 116 123
NHS 111 service: online or phone 111
Kooth: Free, safe and anonymous support for young people.
NHS Self Help Leaflets
Sunderland Psychological Wellbeing service: call 0191 566 5454
(You can self-refer to this service)
Mental Health Matters – Various support mechanisms with a local Office – General wellbeing information, including a young person’s section
Mental Health Support – New Horizons Mental Health Charity
NHS Inform – Scottish NHS site (self-help guides at the bottom of the page)
A Fun thing every day – Within sensible ‘social isolation’ restrictions
Mood tools – A smartphone app
Living life to the full – free online courses
Mindfulness – Paying more attention to the present.
Turn2us – Financial support and benefits checking