Chat Health from Northumbria Healthcare NHSFoundation Trust is a way for 11-19 year olds to text their school nurse in confidence, for advice and support. The service deals with all kinds of issues including, mental health, bullying, self-harm, alcohol and drugs, relationships, healthy eating and smoking and is available even whilst schools are closed. If you live in Northumberland text 07507 332 258.
Just Say app
Mermaids supports transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and young people until their 20th birthday, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care.
Transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and teens need support and understanding, as well as the freedom to explore their gender identity. Whatever the outcome, Mermaids is committed to helping families navigate the challenges they may face.
TYA Rainbow was set up by Trinity Youth Association, offering support for LGBT young people in the north east of England. There are a number of social groups in the area where you can meet other young people, chat, hang out, get advice and information and just be yourself in a gay and transgender friendly environment. Visit the website to register as a member, find out more about social groups and join in the discussion in the forum.
Support for Young People
Details of local and national organisations providing support, advice and information on a range of issues for children and young people can be found below. Please click through to the website on each listing to find out more about the services provided. We have included support around mental and emotional health, special needs, drugs and alcohol.
Young Minds is a UK charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.The website offers help and support to young people and parents of young people who are struggling with mental health issues.
Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
CAMHS helps children and young people up to 18 years old, and their families. You need to be referred to CAMHS by either your GP, social worker or school nurse. They can help with issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Northumberland County Council
This page on the council’s website has useful information including details of the WREK’D Alcohol Project and the ‘Mind of my Own’ (MOMO) App.
Northumberland Young Carers
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. On this website you will find information about being a young carer and where you can find support.
Sorted is a young people’s substance misuse service that operates throughout the whole of Northumberland. If you are worried about your own drug or alcohol use, or if the use of drugs or alcohol by someone close to you is affecting you, Sorted can provide advice and support to help you regain control of your life.
Talking Matters Northumberland offers a free psychological treatment, support and recovery service for the people of Northumberland over the age of 16 for depression, anxiety, stress and other mental health related problems.
Comprehensive information on all kinds of drugs and legal highs, with support and live chat.
Childline is a free, private and confidential 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC. You can get in touch online or by calling 0800 1111.
Papyrus is the national charity for the prevention of young suicide, providing support and suicide intervention through HOPELineUK: 0800 068 41 41 and online contact. Confidential help and advice is given to young people and anyone worried about a young person.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
This council page provides information and advice about the services for children and young people aged 0 – 25 years with SEND and their families living in Northumberland, known as the Local Offer. Here you can view and download the latest SEND Guide to Services in Northumberland.
NHS Choices - Young People and Mental Health
An information hub offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress.