North Tyneside Talking Therapies provides psychological assessment and treatment to adults who live in North Tyneside who are suffering from common mental health problems.
Below is information about some of the common symptoms you may be experiencing which Talking Therapies could help with.
We provide evidence based psychological treatment for anyone experiencing a common mental health condition that impacts on their daily life.
The Talking Therapies service is available in the community at GP practices and health centres in the borough. It is delivered in partnership with Sunderland Counselling Service.
Depression is characterised by feeling sad, hopeless and a loss of interest in things you used to enjoy. People with depression find their symptoms can persist for weeks or months and can interfere with work, social and family life.
- Continuous low mood or sadness
- Feeling hopeless and helpless
- Having low self-esteem
- Feeling tearful
- Feeling irritable and intolerant of others
- Having no motivation or interest in things
- Finding it hard to make decisions
- Not getting any enjoyment out of life
- Having suicidal thoughts or feelings of harming yourself
- Disturbed sleep (struggling to get off to or stay asleep, or sleeping too much)
- Changes in weight and/or appetite
- Feeling anxious
Your symptoms may cause you to withdraw from other people including your family and friends. You may also find going to work difficult and stressful and may take time off sick. As a result you may feel worse about yourself and lower in mood or self-esteem.
- Anxiety and excessive worry
We all get anxious. Anxiety has an important role to play. It prepares our body for ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ from something we perceive as threatening or dangerous to us. Modern life has its own triggers which can cause anxiety e.g. public speaking, whether or not we have time to do all the things we have to do, or even fear itself. There are lots of different types of anxiety including fears and phobias, panic, obsessions and compulsions, health anxiety, worry and post-traumatic stress.
- Shyness and social anxiety
Being shy is not necessarily a problem. Most people can feel a little shy and nervous in social situations at some point. However, some people struggle with this more than others. You may find that it starts to have an impact on the way you would like to live your life. For example, avoiding situations or cancelling plans, worrying excessively about what other people think of you.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Going through a traumatic experience can take its toll on the mind as well as the body. You may experience feelings of fear, guilt, anxiety and low mood. It is entirely normal to be affected by something that has been traumatic, particularly if you felt your life, or the life of someone close to you was under threat. Some people experience their memories of the traumatic even as if it were happening again known as flashbacks, and may have nightmares about what happened. For most people these symptoms will gradually reduce over time. However some people will continue to experience flashbacks and nightmares.
- Other problems we can support you with
- Specific phobias
- Panic disorder
- Health anxiety
- Problems related to childhood trauma
We run Wellbeing Groups at a range of locations. The groups are free of charge to anybody over the age of 16 registered with a North Tyneside GP. All groups are run over three weekly sessions which each last 1.5hours. Times and locations of the sessions are shown in the table below.
Our course will help you learn how to manage the symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress and low mood, and understand the links between activity, unhelpful thinking and mood, to increase wellbeing.
Please contact us on 0191 295 2775 to register for a session at your preferred venue. Before you attend you will need to register as spaces are limited.
|Wednesdays||1pm – 3pm||Wallsend Health Centre
|Thursdays||5.15pm – 7.15pm||Linskill Centre
|Thursdays||5pm – 7pm||Wallsend Health Centre
Am I eligible?
Please note if you have been supported by any of the following mental health services within the timeframes stated below, or are still supported by them, please do not continue with this referral. Instead contact that service or your GP. We will require a healthcare professional referral from them to ensure you get the right support to meet your needs.
- Mental Health Crisis Team and/or Emergency department at your local hospital (within one month)
- Drug and Alcohol Services (within 6 months)
- Community Treatment Team or Community Mental Health Team (within 12 months)
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (within 6 months)
How do I refer myself?
If you are 16 + and registered with a North Tyneside GP you can be referred to North Tyneside Talking Therapies either by your GP, or you can refer yourself by completing our online referral and assessment form by simply clicking here . Alternatively you can contact us directly to sel-refer on 0191 2952775. Our administrators will ask you a few questions which can take up to 15 minutes. You can also ask your GP or any other healthcare professional to refer you.
English not your first language?
We can provide translation and interpretation support if you need it. Please mention this when you contact us or ask someone else to contact us on your behalf. Alternatively, ask your GP or healthcare professional to refer you to our service and provide details of your needs.
What to expect from online referrals?
The information gathered on your online form will help us identify if this service is right for you. It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, depending on how much information you choose to share at this stage.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to save the form as you go along, only at the end (this is to keep your information safe), so please make sure you have plenty of time to complete it in one go.
Please note that the online referral form link will redirect you to an externally provided website. This website is provided by Mayden Healthcare who is the contracted supplier for the clinical patient management system we use in Talking Therapies. This website is secure to use and the information collected within the referral form is kept strictly confidential. It is only used for the purpose of transferring your information from the referral form into the patient management system. For further information on how we use your information including your rights, please visit our full privacy notice, which can be found here
Need help now?
Please note that Talking Therapies is not a crisis service if you need urgent medical or mental health help. In an emergency please contact:
- Your GP
- Emergency Department at your local hospital
- Mental Health Crisis Team 0303 123 1146
- Samaritans 116 123
- NHS Direct 111
Wallsend Health Centre
Tel: 0191 295 2775
Our office is open Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm. We offer appointments Monday to Thursday between 7.45am and 7.30pm and between 7.45am and 5pm on Fridays.
Self help leaflets
We have a range of self help leaflets available to help with a number of common difficulties such as low mood, anxiety and stress. The leaflets are meant as an introduction to self help techniques designed to help you.
Click here to view our leaflets. They are available in several formats including as a pdf, audio versions, videos including British Sign Language and they can also be shared by email. To view the videos you will need access to Adobe Flash Player which can be downloaded for free when you click on any leaflet.
Please contact us if you think you might benefit from additional support from a health professional using the contact details below.
Talking to your GP
If you are unsure about how to talk to your GP regarding your mental health, then please read this guide by the Mental Health Foundation