The counselling service here at Children North East has been running since 2014 and is funded through Newcastle Gateshead NHS, the Northumbria Police Crime Commissioner and Players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The service’s main base is from our young people’s drop-in centre in Elswick, however over 50% of counselling takes place in community venues chosen by the young people.  This enables them to get the right support at the right place and the right time.  The service has provided support to 230 young people during the last six months, who suffer with depression, anxiety or isolation.  The team of qualified Counsellors provide individualised support to each young person, ensuring they receive the mental health support they need.

Lynn Renwick, Young PeopleLynn Renwick, Young People’s Service Manager, said: “We’re very grateful for the support provided by our funders and Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, which has enabled this essential service to continue and grow. The service we are able to provide is extremely innovative, creative and responsive to the individual needs of young people. Although at times we have had a waiting list generally young people are seen within 4 weeks. This has proved a lifeline for many vulnerable young people who would otherwise have to wait a long time for stretched services provided by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).”

One mother, whose child attended the service, said:

I have been bringing my daughter here for counselling and found the service to be professional, the support has been excellent for her. She received invaluable help and I am so grateful for the advice she has been given.

One young man, who had received counselling through the service, highlighted:

I never once felt judged by anyone at any point, I was always given multiple options when it came to making change and everything was tailored to me at my own pace.

A young woman, who received counselling through the service, said:

I felt that I had a place where I could talk freely about my thoughts and worries without being judged or restricted. It was somewhere I could freely discuss how I was feeling and know the person listening cared and was there to help me.