Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing

Wellbeing at Whickham is about ensuring every student receives bespoke and individual care and support beyond that of their academic studies. It is about educating young adults how to stay physically, emotionally and mentally well both now and in their future. We aim to ensure that students and parents/carers know where to seek support when needed and to realise it is okay not to be okay.

These sentiments are even more important at present.  We realise that the additional uncertainty, pressure and stress encountered by everyone as we try to navigate our way through the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown will require even more support and care.

Need someone to talk to?

The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way, about whatever’s getting to you.  24 hours a day 365 days a year.  For an immediate response call 116 123.

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to them via online, social or free, confidential helpline.

NSPCC provide information about child protection, advice for adults who are worried about a child, advice for parents and carers or consultations with professionals who come into contact with abused children or children at risk of abuse.

Support Line offer confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by telephone, email and post. They work with callers to develop healthy, positive coping strategies, an inner feeling of strength and increased self-esteem to encourage healing, recovery and moving forward with life.

Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything, on-line or on the phone any time.  You can also download the Childline App

Kooth provides free online support for young people with trained counsellors.

Shout is a 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.  It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and need immediate help.

Alcohol & Substance misuse

Platform Gateshead help young people to make an informed choice about their lifestyle regarding substance and alcohol use through early intervention and prevention support to reduce substance misuse.  They offer Information, advice and practical support to young people, parents/carers and others focusing  upon building on positives and strengths to enable all young people to be healthy, stay safe and raise aspirations

Anxiety

Anxiety UK provide support and help if you’ve been diagnosed with, or suspect you may have an anxiety condition. We can also help you deal with specific phobias such as fear of spiders, blushing, vomiting, being alone, public speaking, heights – in fact, any fear that’s stopped you from getting on with your life.

No Panic helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders.  They also provide support for the carers of those who suffer from anxiety disorders

Moodometer App is an interactive mood diary for monitoring and understanding emotional wellbeing.  Moods can be recorded and tracked.  A reminder system encourages regular review of moods and comments.  Tips and guidance of given based on the information recorded.

Mood Panda App allows you to record and track your moods and provides community support and practical advice

Stress Heads App turns your screen into a stress-relief tool.  Hatch a Stresshead and relax as you chase it around until you catch it and smash it. With lots of advice and coping strategies to help you with all kinds of stress from exam pressure to money problems.

SAM App to help you understand and manage anxiety

Autism

The Autism Helpline enquiry service provides impartial, confidential information along with advice and support for autistic people and their families and carers.

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care offers support, advice and information to children, young young people and adults when someone dies – working to enhance societies care of bereaved people.

Hope Again supports young people suffering with grief after loss – site includes videos and resources

Child Bereavement helps children and young people, parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. You can also Download the Child Bereavement App

Carer Services

Crossroads is an independent local charity helping to improve the lives of people living in Gateshead who care for someone who has a chronic illness, disability or addiction.  They provide a range of support, including:  practical tasks, physical care, personal care, emotional support, dealing with challenging behaviour, organising medication, managing finances, helping someone to communicate or translating on their behalf, organising appointments and supervising children or siblings.

Disability

Newcastle Youth Link offers 1:1 peer mentoring for young people aged 11-19 (or up to 25 years with a disability) living in Newcastle. The mentoring is based around goals that the young person identifies, and they are matched with a volunteer peer mentor aged 18-25 years.

Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse

SomeOne Cares Free Counselling provision for anyone whose lives have been affected by any kind of abuse. Specialising in counselling victims of childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault. We also provide counselling for survivors family members and supporters.

Women’s Aid in partnership with Refuge help thousands of women and children every year by providing a 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline offering a range of online services including the Survivors’ Forum and The Hideout

Refuge supports more than 6,000 clients, helping them rebuild their lives and overcome many different forms of violence and abuse; including domestic violence, sexual violence, so-called ‘honour’-based violence, human trafficking and modern slavery, and female genital mutilation.

Rape Crisis offer a free and confidential service for women and girls aged 13 and over who have experienced adult rape/sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse who live, work or study in Tyneside and Northumberland

Galop – LGBT Domestic Abuse can support you if you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse.  They also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

Eating Disorders

Beat is the UK’s leading charity supporting those affected by eating disorders and campaigning on their behalf

Further & Higher Education

Emoodji App is aimed at students Y13+ focused on student life such as exam stress or being away from home for the first time.

Homelessness

Shelter North East helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support and legal services. They campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to them for help.

Kindness

Action for Happiness is a movement committed to building a happier and more caring society.  They campaign for a fundamentally different way of life where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others

LGBTQ+

Stonewall work with partner organisations to create real change for the better. They have laid deep foundations across Britain so the community can continue to find ways to flourish, and individuals can reach their full potential. They are there to support those who can’t yet be themselves.

Galop – LGBT Domestic Abuse can support you if you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse.  They also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

The Proud Trust is a life saving and life enhancing organisation that helps young people empower themselves to make a positive change for themselves and their communities. We do this through youth groups, peer support delivering of training and events, campaigns, and undertaking research and creating resources.

The Albert Kennedy Trust works with 16-25 year olds in the UK who identify as LGBTQ+ and are experiencing homelessness or struggling with their housing situation

Mens Health

The Men’s Health Forum is a charity supporting men’s health in England, Wales and Scotland.  They work to ensure that all men and boys – particularly those in the most disadvantaged areas and communities – will have the information, services and treatments they need to live healthier, longer and more fulfilling lives.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) for men is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK

Mental Health

ThinkNinja is a mental health and emotional wellbeing app available to all 10-18 year olds,  free during the coronavirus crisis.

Talking Therapies Gateshead are a team of experienced workers offering a free, confidential service for people aged over 16 and registered with a GP in Gateshead.  The provide a range of psychological therapies to help you feel better if you’re anxious, depressed, stressed or worried.

Talking Changes Durham provides a service to those aged 16+ who are experiencing a common mental health problem such as; depression, generalized anxiety, specific phobias, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder and who are not already accessing adult mental health services.

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Young Minds can help whether you want to know more about how you’re feeling, get information about a mental health condition or want know what support is available to you

No Panic helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders including those people who are trying to give up Tranquillizers.  They also provide support for the carers of people who suffer from anxiety disorders

Saneline work to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s charity for everyone’s mental health. With prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems.

Rethink provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems. They give people clear relevant information on everything from treatment and care to benefits and employment rights.

On My Mind aims to empower young people to make informed choices about the mental health support they want, the treatments they receive and the outcomes they desire. The site contains information, advice and resources to help young people support their own mental health, including signposting to sources of support in times of crisis and tools to help young people manage their own wellbeing.

The Hub of Hope is a mental health database bringing grassroots and national mental health services together in one place.  It allows anyone to find the nearest source of support for any mental health issue from depression and anxiety to PTSD and suicidal thoughts.  It also provides a “talk now” button connecting users directly to the Samaritans

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust offers support for young people to manage their mental health. Also provides quiz nights as well as daily challenges through their twitter feed.

Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma work to reduce suicides, self-harm and stigma by improving and enhancing mental health support and information for young people, their families and educators

A Time to Change is a movement aimed at changing attitudes to mental health

MIND provides a range of services to support, help make choices about treatment, understand right and reach out to other sources of support.

Rethink Mental Illness improves the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through a network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning with the goal of ensuring everyone affected by severe mental illness has a good quality of life.

Stem 4 supports positive mental health for teenagers

Mental Health Foundation finds solutions for individuals, those at risk and for society in order to improve everyone’s mental wellbeing.

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults.

SANE is provides services and support to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness

Mindfulness

Smiling Mind App provides daily mindfulness and meditation guides

Superbetter App builds resilience, the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic in the face of change and difficult challenges.

OCD

OCD Action provide support and strategies to anyone suffering from OCD

Relationships

Relate can help you if you’re single or in a relationship, straight or gay, young or old. Whatever your circumstances they are dedicated to helping you get the most out of your relationships, no matter how big or small the issue. Services include relationship counselling for individuals and couples, family counselling, counselling for children and young people.

Family Lives offer support to help parents deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. including child development, issues with schools and parenting/relationship support. They also respond when life becomes complicated and provide support around family breakdown, aggression in the home, bullying, risky teenage behaviour and mental health concerns of both parents and their children.

Self Help

Get Self Help is a directory of support and self help services for a range of conditions and disorders.

Victims of Crime

Victim Support help anyone affected by crime, not only those who experience it directly, but also their friends, family and any other people involved. It doesn’t matter when the crime took place – you can get out support at any time, and for however long you need it 24 hours a day 365 days a year – regardless of whether you have reported the crime to the police.