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Children’s mental health

Establishing good support for the person who the young carer is looking after is key to ensuring a young carer is not adopting an excessive or inappropriate caring role. If the young carer is providing care for a child with a mental health condition, the following services are available and may be able to help.

If you are a health or educational professional, or a social worker, and are concerned about a child you can refer them directly into CAMHS. Please follow the link below for more information:

If you are a professional outside of this capacity, you will need to speak to a professional from the above categories about referring the child, or speak to the family about visiting their GP.

In the event of a mental health emergency with a young person, contact 999.


Children and Adolescent mental health services North Tyneside help children and young people up to 18 years old, and their families. Young people may attend CAMHS for reasons such as:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Depression
  3. Eating disorders
  4. Self-harm
  5. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  6. Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The services they receive may include:

  • Individual talking therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), solution focused therapy, art therapy
  • Behavioural therapies including support for parents with behaviour management strategies
  • Group therapies including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Medication may be available to treat some problems

How to refer:

Referrals to this service are open to anyone.

1 Benton View, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE127JJ 01912205784

Early Intervention Psychosis Team

The Early Intervention in Psychosis service works with people who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis. The service offers help to people aged 14-65 years who are experiencing first symptoms of psychosis, as well as providing help to their families.

The support received from this service can help patients recover from a psychotic episode. It can also help reduce the likelihood of experiencing further psychotic episodes in the future.

The service is made up of a team of professionals (including nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists and social workers employed as care-coordinators) who have lots of experience in working with people with psychosis.

Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team

The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team is a team of experienced mental health staff, which includes nurses, social workers, psychiatrists and pharmacy staff. We offer assessment and home treatment for people over 16 experiencing a mental health crisis, as an alternative to hospital admission.

The team operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week. However, the crisis team does not provide an ‘emergency’ service such as a 999 response.

How to refer:

All appropriate referrals are accepted.

Telephone number for making referrals 24/7: 03031231146

Other services

Public Health School Nurses

School nurses can support young people with their emotional wellbeing. Every local authority school or academy has their own school nurse. Many secondary schools also have a drop-in school nurse service. School Nurses can visit young people at home or at another location to suit the young person, providing appointments between 8.30am – 6pm in schools, GP surgeries and health centres.

School Nurses have a service called Chat Health which lets young people 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.

Support a young person to get support from a PSHN by texting: 07507 332 532

Phoenix Detached Youth Project

Providing support to young people 12 – 25 on a one to one basis or they can form their own group with peers.


Kooth, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people.

Preventing Suicide

App set up to support the prevention of suicide