Mental health support for young people
Monday 26 October 2020
NHS Northumberland CCG is highlighting the broad range of services that are available to help children and young people in Northumberland with their emotional health and wellbeing, from early help through to crisis intervention.
At this difficult time children and young people will be adjusting to big changes in their home and/or school life as a result of the recent coronavirus pandemic. Whilst some may have enjoyed being away from school or college, others may have struggled with home-schooling or being away from their friends.
Some young people may be experiencing family problems or changes to their living situation as well as having to deal with self-isolating because of an outbreak in school or college. They may also be worried about getting or passing on the virus itself.
With local restrictions coming into place, and changes in guidance, it’s still uncertain what the future may bring. This can cause stress and anxiety for many young people who will be starting to think about their future.
In Northumberland, we have many avenues of support open to help children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing.
Current waiting times to access our NHS children and young people’s services and primary mental health services are some of the best in the country, with the vast majority of referrals being seen for treatment within four weeks.
In addition to the services listed below, mental health support team Trailblazer pilots continue to work in schools, supporting staff and pupils across Blyth and Hexham. New teams for Ashington and Bedlington will start to work with schools from around the end of November.
Self-referral is available to all the services listed below and online referral forms are accessible via their websites.
Online digital support service offering self-help materials, advice and guidance, 1-1 support and peer discussion forum for those with mild to moderate mental health needs, no referral required. Individuals aged 11-25years can sign up to the service.
Daily Journal, setting goals, peer to peer and professional support.
Access 365 days a year to counsellors who are available from: 12 noon-10pm Monday- Friday 6pm-10pm Saturday and Sunday – Log on through mobile, laptop and tablet.
Our Primary Mental Health Work team work across the county and support children and young people with mild to moderate mental health needs requiring some time limited, goal orientated interventions, with a range of individual, family and group work treatment options.
Telephone appointments available: 01661 864588
Northumberland’s version of CAMHS – the service works with children and young people who have moderate to severe mental health needs which may require medically informed and diagnostic assessment for a wide range of more complex mental health problems.
Tel: 01670 502700
24 hour crisis response service for young people who discloses imminent risk and their safety cannot be guaranteed.
Tel: 01670 502700
Urgent: 0303 123 1146
Specialist sexual abuse and bereavement counselling.
Telephone counselling available.
Tel: 0191 212 0237
Offer a listening ear to those affected by suicide including children and young people.
Tel: 0191 387 5661