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Mental Health Support Services in Tyne and Wear – Updated July 2019

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Your mental health impacts every part of your life. Poor mental health can have an effect on your body and motivation. It’s reported that 77% of people in the northeast of England have felt ‘overwhelmed or unable to cope’. If you’re suffering from mental health problems, you’re not alone.

It can be difficult to take action when you’re feeling low, but seeking help is the first step towards learning to manage mental ill-health.

As the first port of call, we recommend that you visit your GP if you’re suffering from low mood or any type of mental health issues. However, if you’re looking to seek help independently, or find services available across Tyne and Wear, we’ve put together a list of some key mental health support contacts.

Urgent help

If you’re thinking about harming yourself or others, you should call 999 or go to your local A&E to seek immediate support.

There are many phone helplines which offer invaluable support around the clock. If you need to speak to someone, don’t hesitate to reach out:

  • Samaritans is open 24/7 – call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org to speak to someone
  • Mind offers a helpline open between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday. Call 0300 123 3393
  • Sane Line offer support from 4.30pm to 10.30pm. Call 0300 304 7000

Mental health support in Newcastle

Therapy for common psychological issues and causes of low mood – Talking Therapies Newcastle

Talking Therapies offers support for a wide range of issues, from bereavement to anxiety. This service involves an initial consultation followed by a recommended therapy.

As long as you’re registered to a Newcastle GP practice, you can refer yourself online or call 0191 282 6600 for more information.

Moving Forward – Mental Health Concern

This service is designed for anyone who has been diagnosed with a mental health problem. Moving Forward is ideal for anyone who finds their mental health issue is a social, educational, or vocational barrier. The support provided is all about helping to find confidence and build positive skills.

You can self-refer by calling 0191 222 0324 or emailing newcastle.movingforward@nhs.net

Counselling, Peer-Support, Support Groups, and more – Anxious Minds

Anxious Minds offer affordable counselling sessions and some free support to people in Newcastle. They are a charity who rely on donations but have specific support for adults, children, veterans and more. They also have a Recovery College which runs free workshops on a multitude of topics including domestic abuse and anxiety.

Contact them on 0191 262 0305 or email  info@anxiousminds.co.uk

Mental health support in Gateshead

A free NHS-provided service in Gateshead – Talking Therapies

Having operated for 10 years in Gateshead, this is a well-established service which offers confidential support. From group sessions to personalised therapy, Talking Therapies Gateshead is the primary mental health provision.

You must be registered to a Gateshead GP in order to refer to the service. Download the self-assessment form on their website or call 0191 283 2541 for more information.

Advice and information about support in Gateshead – Mental Health Matters

You don’t need a formal diagnosis to attend a drop-in session with Pathways. If you are aged 18 or over and struggle with your mental health in any way, Pathways can signpost you to other services, help you manage your benefits, and provide a wide range of support regarding your mental health.

Drop-in sessions take place on Monday between 10am-2pm (no appointment necessary).

You can call 0191 490 0579 to inquire about making an appointment.

Gateshead Clubhouse 

A range of different community activities including mindfulness, cooking and crafts. The full agenda of activities is now accessible here.

Gateshead Mental Health User

Do you want to influence the development of mental health services? Are the services you use meeting your needs? Have you got any suggestions or ideas you think may help? This takes place at the Gateshead Clubhouse 2-4pm on the third Thursday of each month – anyone is welcome to attend!

Counselling service in Gateshead – Tyneside & Northumberland Mind

Tyneside and Northumberland Mind is a local organisation which deliver counselling services to people in Gateshead. To take part in their counselling service, you need to be referred through your GP. For more information, contact them on 0191 477 4545 or email admin@tynesidemind.org.uk 

Mental health support in Sunderland

Psychological Wellbeing Service – Sunderland IAPT

From one-to-one mental health support to courses and group sessions, Sunderland IAPT is a talking therapies option for people in Sunderland.

You can refer yourself on the Sunderland IAPT website.

Mental health support in North Tyneside

Psychological assessment and treatment – Talking Therapies North Tyneside

This service is available to anyone who is registered at a GP practice in North Tyneside. You must be aged 16 or over and can either refer yourself or go through your GP.

Call  0191 295 2775 to inquire about referring or visit their website for more information, including details of support groups currently on offer.

Mental health support in South Tyneside

Broad health service – South Tyneside Lifecycle Primary Care Mental Health Service (formerly South Tyneside Talking Therapies)

This is South Tyneside’s primary mental health provision. They offer services for children and adults who have a wide range of mental health issues. Primarily, the service for adults is a talking therapy option.

If you’re registered to a GP in South Tyneside and are aged 16 or over, you can self-refer to this service by calling 0191 283 2937. Visit their website for more information.

Early intervention in first psychosis episode – Monkseaton Hospital

This service is available to people in Gateshead, South Tyneside, and Sunderland. It’s designed to support people during the early stages of a first psychosis episode.  You can access this service directly or through a second-hand referral.

Call 0191 541 0061 for more information.

Adult-orientated support– South Tyneside Support Team

This is a team of social workers who offer advice to people who are affected by mental health issues. Generally, the adult mental health team support people who’s mental ill-health has began to impact other elements of their life such as finance and housing.

You can contact the team for more information on 0191 424 4335

Arts 4 Welling

This is a community arts project offering people therapeutic artistic and creative opportunities to help aid with the management of mental health, learning disabilities and physical health issues. Activities range from painting to digital imaging.

For more information, call 0191 454 4004 or email info@arts4wellbeing.org.uk

Do you want to influence the development of mental health services? Are the services you use meeting your needs? Have you got any suggestions or ideas you think may help? The centre is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9am – 4:30pm. The sessions are open to South Tyneside residents.

Contact for more info:

Phone: 0191 496 7467 or 07850 901 147
Email: bscott@mhm.org.uk

Phone: 0191 427 1500
Email: southtyneside.advocacy@nhs.net 


Do you know about a service that we’ve missed off the list? Get in touch and let us know!

If you’re unemployed and suffer from any type of health issues, but are keen to get into work or training, you can refer yourself to Moving On Tyne & Wear by completing our online form.

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