Local services and support
A full list of mental health services for children and young people in South Tyneside can be found here.
We have also included details of some below:
South Tyneside Lifecycle Primary Care Mental Health Service
This free and confidential NHS service helps young people overcome depression and problems with anxiety and stress. It provides classes and courses, group therapy and one-to-one therapy.
Talking Therapies are delivered from Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre and Flagg Court in South Shields, and Monkton Hall in Jarrow.
There are two services; one for children and young people and another for young people and adults. They are free for people registered with a GP in South Tyneside.
What support is offered?
- A range of psychological therapies to help you feel better if you’re feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or worried.
- Talking Therapies (one to one or group) – CBT (cognitive behaviour therapies)
- Eight week courses in mindfulness, anger management, overcoming depression/low self-esteem and worry, sleep course and bereavement, low mood/anxiety, increase motivation/mood course
- Employment advice
- Urgent help
Speak to your GP who can refer you to us
Children and Young People’s Service – South Tyneside and Sunderland – NTW166
This website summarises the support available to children and young people with a range of mental health issues in South Tyneside and Sunderland.
The service is able to provide:
- Assessment, diagnosis and intervention on a range of mental health issues.
- Intensive response and home-based treatment for those children and young people whose mental health is causing significant concern.
- An intensive Eating Disorder Service to support children and young people on the eating disorder pathway who are at risk of an inpatient admission.
- A comprehensive transition support package to those young people who are approaching their 18th birthday and may need continuing support as adults.
- 24 hour access to support via a single point of access.
- Training, consultation, support and advice to front line staff working in targeted services for children.
How to get referred
Referrals will be accepted from any professional working with child, young person or their family and self-referrals can also be made. Referrals are accepted in written form by letter or by telephone.
A fast growing digital mental health support service for children and young people has been launched in South Tyneside.
Kooth gives 11 to 25-year-olds easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors.
Access is free of the typical barriers to support: no waiting lists, no thresholds, no cost and complete anonymity. Launched in 2004 and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Kooth is the UK’s leading mental health & wellbeing platform for children and young people.
- 100 new registrations every day
- 1,500 log-ins each day to Kooth
- 34,000 one-to-one online chat sessions per year
- 300,000 message exchanges between young people and Kooth counsellors per year.
Of its users:
- 18% of children and young people registering on Kooth identify as black, Asian or minority ethnic
- 95% of young people would recommend Kooth to a friend.
Find out more on Kooth’s video here.
The Crisis Team
The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team is a team of experienced mental health staff offering assessment and home treatment for people over 16 experiencing a mental health crisis, as an alternative to hospital admission. The team operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
- The crisis team does not provide an ’emergency’ service such as a 999 response.
If you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide, you can call the Samaritans.
Other mental health helplines
The NHS has listed a range of mental health support helplines.