Children & Young People

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Children & Young People

Chat Health

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

Need advice? The Just Say app gives young people quick and simple support to be happy, healthy, safe and more independent. Find support for your mental health, money worries, relationship problems and more.
 
It is available to download now on the App Store and Google Play.

Mermaids

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.

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TYA Rainbow

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Comprehensive information on all kinds of drugs and legal highs, with support and live chat.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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An information hub offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress.

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The Mix

The Mix provides free information and support for under 25s. As well as mental health support you can find advice on issues such as sex and relationships, money and housing and drugs and alcohol. Helpline number: 0808 808 4994

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Kooth

Young people aged 11-25 years living in Northumberland can now access a digital mental health support service.

Kooth.com has been commissioned by the NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to provide a safe, confidential and anonymous way for young people to access emotional wellbeing and early intervention mental health support.

Once registered, Kooth can be accessed on any internet device. Users can complete a daily journal, set goals and seek support through self help resources and peer to peer support. There is also professional help available through qualified counsellors.

Fully trained and qualified counsellors and emotional wellbeing practitioners are available until 10pm each night, 365 days per year, to provide accessible out-of-hours emotional support.

There’s also a Kooth online magazine with helpful articles, personal experiences and tips from young people and the Kooth team.

Join Kooth here or watch this video to find out more.

Covid-19 and Mental Health

The Young Minds website has lots of tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Sexual Health Services

Comprehensive sexual health information and what is available in Northumberland can be found on the Northumbria NHS Trust website. Here you will find information about contraception including C Cards, STI testing, a symptom checker and how to book an appointment at a sexual health clinic.

You can also speak to your GP or practice nurse, pharmacist or health visitor for help and advice. Find services local to you by using the NHS Choices service directory. Simply enter your town and click to search.

Battle Scars Self Harm Support

Battle Scars aims to support anybody affected by self-harm: those who self-harm and those supporting them, make sure they no longer feel alone and to break down the stigma.

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Be You

Be You is from the NHS in Northumberland, which brings together lots of information for young people and also parents and carers. Find information around relationships, looking after yourself, managing thoughts and feelings and what help is available.

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