Welcome to the Northumberland Mental Health Forum. This area of the forum is open to those suffering from a wide range of mental health issues such as depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and eating disorders.
If you wish to discuss mental health issues in our area with other people who are either experiencing mental or emotional distress or have a connection with people who are, then please join us in the Northumberland Mental Health Forum where you will be assured of a nice warm Geordie welcome.
The information and local services listed both here and in the forum are for those living in all areas of Northumberland, from Cramlington and Blyth in the south, right up to Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north. People living in neighbouring counties such as Tyne & Wear and Cumbria are also welcome to make full use of the resources and local forum.
We have provided a list of the mental health services available in Northumberland below, and we hope you find them useful.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
The Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is currently one of the largest NHS trusts dealing with mental health and disability. They provide help and support at over 100 sites in the north east of England. Their services include planned, urgent and specialist care, which can involve long term counselling, electro-convulsive therapy, rehabilitation for addiction and psychiatric intensive care units.
There is also the opportunity to become a member of the Trust. Being a member allows you to be involved with the issues that you feel are interesting or relevant to you, share your views of the way the Trust is managed and elect, or even stand as, a Governor which will help run the Trust.
MHCO provide free and confidential psychological therapies services on behalf of the NHS. They tackle common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, but they also help you work through any accompanying problems such as debt and relationship problems.
The service is self-referral and you simply phone up and make an appointment for an initial assessment, which takes approximately 45 minutes. You can also be referred by making an appointment with your GP and asking them to refer you, or you can send an e-mail to MHCO if you feel more comfortable doing so. The assessment is done on the telephone however you can arrange a face to face assessment instead.
Once you’ve been assessed, you will then be offered various therapies which include workshops, group therapy, individual therapy, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and guided self-help.
Like NTW, there is a wide range of self-help material as well as a list of therapy templates which can be used in combination with your sessions. Your practitioner will be able to tell you the most appropriate templates to use.
Contact details are available on the website.
Unfortunately there aren’t any Mind centres or services available in Northumberland, however there are community services available in Bensham, Gateshead. Services such as Safe Space, Positive Steps and Community Cafe allow welcoming and informal environments for mental health sufferers and carers to make friends, improve their skills and find out about the other services Mind provides. Further information about their services can be found here and details about locations, times and dates can be found here.
Tyneside Women’s Health
Tyneside Women’s Health are another charity based in Gateshead. They provide help and support for women dealing with mental health and emotional issues. Support is available in the form of support groups, creative and therapeutic activities and counselling. You can find out more about their services and how to get involved by visiting their website.
A national organisation, Action For Advocacy provide information and advice about advocacy services that are available locally. Spiral Skills are an advocacy service based in Northumberland, Durham and Tyne and Wear and have many years of experience advocating for the public, particularly with mental health services and learning disability services. If you’d like to get in touch to request more info, or need an advocate to speak on your behalf, you can call 0191 271 5353 or e-mail email@example.com
Do you have any other information?
If you come across any information on the Northumberland Mental Health Forum web page which requires updating, please let us know.