Having good mental health and emotional wellbeing means that:
you have a positive state of mind and body
you feel able to cope and have good connections with other people and your community
Mental health and emotional wellbeing is just as important as physical health.
Sometimes, you may feel sad or worried and you might need some extra help. There are lots of resources that can support you, or help you to support a young person close to you.
When to ask for help
You should ask for help if:
you are feeling overwhelmed
you are struggling to cope
you are feeling stressed, anxious, tense or depressed
the way you are feeling is impacting on relationships, school or life generally
your feelings are having a big impact on other people
the way you are feeling is stopping you from doing things
Self-help tools, helplines, or talking to your friends and family may help you to feel better and more able to cope.
However, if your feelings are troubling you, or affecting your day to day life for a long time, you may need to ask for help.
If you are concerned about the mental health of a child or young person who you are close to, you can ask for help on their behalf.
Online advice from the NHS
The Moodzone website has been developed by the NHS to help you with stress, anxiety, depression, or the general ups and downs of everyday life. It offers you practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.
For more mental health helplines and resources, visit the NHS website.
All libraries in South Tyneside have a section for books about mental health and wellbeing, where you can read more about what mental health is, and get advice about ways to look after your mental health. Find your nearest library.
Talking through how you are feeling can help you release tension, rather than keeping your feelings bottled up. It can also help you to feel more connected with people.
Don't feel embarrassed talking about mental health. Remember that 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem each year; it is very common to experience a problem with your mental health.
Online counselling and advice for people aged 11 to 25
Anyone in South Tyneside who is aged 11 to 25 can use the Kooth website, which is an award winning online counselling and support service. It is a safe, confidential and anonymous way for you get emotional wellbeing and mental health support.
Every school in South Tyneside has at least one Mental Health Champion.
A Mental Health Champion is a trusted adult in school, who you can talk to about how you are feeling or anything you are worried about.
They have had specialist training to make sure they can offer advice and help. If they can't help you themselves, they know how to get you the right support.
Mental Health Champions offer help confidentially. Anything you say to your Mental Health Champion won't be passed on unless you or someone you know is being hurt or is likely to be hurt.
All Mental Health Champions wear a yellow lanyard with the words 'Mental Health Champion'.
Each school also has a person to contact within the Lifecycle Service, for more advice and information if you need it.
Healthy Minds Teams
The Healthy Minds Teams offer advice and support to all students in South Tyneside.
They can help you understand how to:
keep your mind healthy
develop positive strategies around emotional wellbeing and mental health
They organise things like:
more support if you or your teacher feel like you would benefit from it
If you or your teacher feel that you would benefit from more support, the team can offer therapeutic support in one to one or group sessions at your school or college. This support can be helpful if you are feeling depressed or anxious, or if you are facing challenges with other things like self-confidence, stress or body image.
Support outside of school
Contact the Lifecycle Service
The Lifecycle Service is a single point of contact for anyone living in South Tyneside who is experiencing mental health issues.
You can contact Lifecycle directly, and they will make sure that you get support from the best place.
If you are 16 or over, you can contact Lifecycle yourself. If you are under 16, please ask a parent or carer to contact them for you.