Mental Health Blog
Shout 85258 is the UK’s first free, confidential, 24/7 text support service. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and need mental health support. Text SHOUT to 85258.
Healthwatch Darlington have put together a selection of important Christmas and Winter Wellbeing information that might be helpful for you or someone you know across the festive period.
Christmas and New Year 2020/21 is going to be like no other with many of us experiencing a slightly different time. A group of young volunteers from Youthwatch Darlington share helpful information with young people this festive season.
Click here to view the December 2020 Health Watch Darlington Newsletter
Please find below links from the NHS regarding information on Psychological wellbeing support for whole system across the North East and Cumbria including health and care, education, police, fire and prison service staff
- Whole system Poster inc police, fire, prisons second distribution
- Whole system staff offer second distribution 13.11.20 inc police, fire, prisons
Please click the link below to view Healthwatch Darlington’s November Newsletter
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CAMHS (Crisis and Liaison team)
The crisis and liaison team provide mental health support to young people (up to the age of 18) who are experiencing a crisis with their mental health.
In a mental health emergency you can contact your local CAMHS crisis and liaison team using the number below.
Telephone: 0800 0516 171 (this number is free to call)
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. Our vision is a world in which children and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life.
The Listening Post was established in 2017 as a distinct project of DACYM (Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry). The Listening Post is a listening and mentoring project that seeks to help young people with low level mental health and well-being issues in order to prevent them escalating into something more long-lasting.
Leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find. Together, we are changing this. We’re fighting for young people’s mental health.
Young people can experience a range of mental health problems. Childhood and teenage years are a time when you are usually changing rapidly and developing all the time. You also often have to cope with many different situations and unfamiliar challenges like exams, relationships and the other pressures of growing up.
We’re here for you, whatever’s on your mind. We’ll support you. Guide you. Help you make decisions that are right for you. Our tips and techniques, ideas and inspirations, can help you feel more in control. You can access them in your own time, at your own pace! We have many useful ways to provide help and support including free 24 hour helpline, online 1:1 counselling support, information and advice board and toolbox kits
Something’s not right
Things have been very different this year. And it’s been difficult for everyone.
You might be worried about:
- things that have happened to you or someone else
- not knowing where to go when you’re scared
- being at school, your exams or the future
- coping with your mental health.
Whatever’s happening, you don’t have to cope alone.
XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. This provides young people a counselling service online, it is available Monday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm and Saturday & Sunday: 6pm – 10pm.
Online guide to life for 16-25 year olds. Straight-talking emotional support is available 24 hours a day. Chat about any issue on our moderated discussion boards and live chat room.
Mental illness and suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, of any age, of any background, at any time. Like with physical illnesses, people don’t choose to have a mental health problem. And they need the appropriate care to get better. Mental illness and suicidal thoughts are common issues for young people. It can be difficult to know if a child is suffering as they often keep it to themselves. But we’re here to help you spot the signs and know how to support them.