Sunderland Initial Response Team (IRT)
For if you feel you need urgent help: Telephone: 0303 123 1145
The service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, throughout the year.
Free confidential helpline if you feel you need to talk. Telephone: 116123
Samaritans are launching a self-help app this Mental Health Awareness Week to help you be kind to yourself every day
Sunderland Psychological Wellbeing Service
Sunderland Psychological Wellbeing Service (SPWS) is a commissioned group of mental health care providers from the NHS and third sector, who work in partnership to provide assessments and a range of treatments for people with common mental health problems. They see adults from the age of 16 upwards and there is no upper age limit. To find out more call 0191 566 5454, visit www.sunderlandiapt.co.uk or download their leaflet.
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear Trust
For a range of Self Help Guides go to website: https://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/
Looking after your Mental Health and Wellbeing
IMPACT North East
IMPACT North East volunteers are offering telephone / video counselling and group support to people living in Sunderland. Also, they have set up a support project for blue light workers offering telephone counselling. Visit them on Facebook
North Star Counselling
Provide online and telephone support, and post out support packs to children, contact Nicola on 07717288713 for further information
Sunderland Counselling Services
Sunderland Counselling Service is running as usual, but have adopted a non-contact policy. This means appointments will be carried out by telephone. With Team members contacting clients to make suitable arrangements. If you live in Sunderland and need support you can call the Team on 0301231145 between 9am – 4.30pm or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunderland Mind's staff are busy working from home to provide as much support for the community as possible. If you need to contact the Team they are available Monday - Friday between 10am and 2pm. Any messages left will be answered as soon as they can. Their current phone number is 07984595542
Washinton Mind's staff are currently working from home to offer support and our main office will be running on skeleton staff, and phones will be answered from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 10am and 2pm: 0191 417 8043
Washington Mind, with the support of Sunderland City Council, have developed at this time, two ‘brief’ videos. These videos aim to help increase awareness around the impact of some of the changes COVID-19 has thrust upon us and ways in which we can take care of ourselves. Washington Mind have also developed a brief online ‘training’ session which aims to increase awareness of how stress can impact upon us and how this knowledge can help increase understanding and enhance resilience.
Follow this link for more info: https://wellbeinginfo.org/coping-covid19/
Supporting your wellbeing - Facing the challenge of social isolation
The Trust, in partnership with Newcastle University, have developed the Northern Mental Health Support website: www.NorthernMentalHealth.org which provides support, advice, resources and on-line information for everyone facing the challenge of social isolation as a result of COVID-19. The website contains advice on how to maintain your mental health, exercise, socialising (at a distance), dealing with financial problems as well as a section specifically on resources in the CNTW Trust footprint in the North East and North Cumbria.
Tips, advice and where you can get support for your mental health during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic here
Accredited by the BACP and a trusted delivery partner of the NHS, Kooth is a transformational digital mental health support service for young people.
Access their website
List of mental health helplines
Changes to mental health legislation under the coronavirus bill
Apps to manage your health and wellbeing
Coronavirus is affecting my mental health – what can I do?
Campaign to End Loneliness
Coronavirus and social isolation
Coronavirus and your wellbeing
Regular phonecalls for older people
24/7 helpline for older people who want a friendly chat
National Survivor User Network
Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Coronavirus anxiety: how to cope if you're feeling anxious about the outbreak
World Health Organization
Coping with stress during the outbreak
Beat Eating Disorders
The Sanctuary is an online group created specifically in response to the coronavirus and subsequent social distancing & anxieties this could lead to for people with an eating disorder. A safe space for people with an eating disorder to share concerns and advice on how they are coping with the pandemic
Rethink Mental Illness
Coronavirus: Advice for carers of those with severe mental illness
Mental Health Foundation
Supporting your mental health while you have to stay at home
#Coronanxiety support and resources
Inspire South Tyneside
Access mental health and emotional wellbeing packs:
Primary Mental Health Pack
Advice for Parents Pack
Secondary Mental Health Pack
Adult Mental Health Pack
MBC Arts - Free phone in service for socially isolated Sunderland residents
Free to pick up the phone to anytime between 10am and 1pm between now and June 5th 2020. The landline is 0191 514 5545. Looking forward to hearing from you, and hope this service will be of help and make a difference to our community.
MBC Arts understand the huge impact Covid-19 lockdown and social distancing is having on the mental health and feelings of loneliness being experienced by so many people locally. They want to say THANK YOU to the National Lottery for providing funding support to operate a free phone-in service for anyone and everyone in our area who is experiencing anxiety or loneliness, or whose mental health is being affected by current lockdown and social isolation measures.
They will be taking calls for three hours every weekday from anyone who wants someone to talk to and is looking for a friendly voice at the other end of the phone. You can call about anything you need to - whether it is just to have a friendly chat, or to talk through any worries or concerns you might have due to the lockdown and to get problems off your chest. They cannot give advice but we will be there to listen, and can also provide details for local services who may be able to assist, dependent on need.
Creative Minds - North Star Counselling provide online and telephone support, and could post out support packs to children, find out details here
Every Mind Matters
Every Mind Matters is the new platform of NHS and PHE to support people’s mental health and wellbeing, particularly through this period of lockdown.
Suicide prevention at time of pandemic: supporting people with mental illness, those who are isolated, in crisis or bereaved; addressing domestic violence & alcohol & financial hardship. A rise in suicide is not inevitable. See the key graphic from the report of Professor Louis Appleby and others published in The Lancet.
Gambling Health Alliance
The objective of the Alliance is to bring together organisations and individuals who have a shared interest in reducing the damage caused to health and wellbeing from gambling. Access their website
British Psychological Society COVID-19 Resources
The British Psychological Society are creating a set of covid19 specific resources including; Talking to children about Coronavirus; Psychological impact on older people; Supporting older people and people living with dementia during self-isolation
Every Life Matters
A Guide to looking after yourself and others contains practical information about things you can do now to look after your mental health and wellbeing, and how you can support others.
Check out the Covid-19 Pages on their website for more information.
All Together Better
All Together Better (ATB) partners have worked together to maintain a range of services to support local people with mental health needs, learning disabilities and autism and their families. Read more
In response to COVID-19, ATB partners have rapidly deployed an enhanced model of care to respond to patients who present to Sunderland Royal Emergency Department with urgent mental health needs. Read more