Mental Health


Your child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health. Their mental health impacts how they feel inside and how they behave.

It can affect their ability to:

  • Follow instructions
  • study
  • do the things you need to do or the things they might want to do
  • get along with others

Talking about their feelings and mental health can help.

If you are concerned about how your child might be feeling, there are lots of services that can help.

Support Available

School Nursing Team

A key aspect of 0-19 service is to work closely with all partner agencies to ensure every child in South Tyneside is safe and has the best start in life.

The 0-19 team in South Tyneside monitor, assess, promote and support the health and wellbeing of all children and young people between 0-19 years. They work in partnership with parents/carers and other agencies to ensure every child has the Best Start in Life.

0-5 Years – Every child that lives in the borough has a named health visitor from pre-birth to school entry. There is no referral pathway into the service as this is automatic at either birth or upon transferring into the borough. All 0-5 contacts are offered either in the family home, a clinic, nursery or a Family Hub setting.

5-19 Years – All school age children have access to the School Nursing service and Young People aged between 11-19 years old also have access to a confidential text messaging service called CHATHealth which is staffed by the School Nursing Team. School nursing contacts include height & weight measurements in reception and year 6, vision screening in reception, targeted public health sessions in secondary schools which cover a wide range of health promotion topics.

Healthy Minds and Lifecycle

Healthy Minds is a supportive team of professionals who work with children as an early intervention to prevent stress and improve mental health outcomes.

This is a free NHS service available for school/collage pupils and their families to develop skills and promote positive wellbeing.

Healthy Minds aim to ensure children and young people enjoy life and can establish coping strategies to manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. They offer evidence-based treatments, including individual and group work to support a variety of common mental health issues including Low Mood and Depression, Bullying, Self-Harming Behaviours and more.

Escape Intervention Services

The organisation promotes the emotional, social, educational and vocational competence of children and young people and support to their parents.


3 Waverley
Market Dock
Long Row
South Shields
NE33 1LE
Tyne and Wear
United Kingdom

Contact number: 0191 427 6353 / 07599 307481

Who we are – Escape Intervention  

Online Support

Solihull Approach

Free online courses for all parents, carers, grandparents and teens on a range of topics for all residents living in South Tyneside. All courses support emotional health and wellbeing and cover topics including:

  • Antenatal and postnatal bonding
  • Understanding your child or young person
  • Your child or young person with additional needs
  • Teenagers feelings and brain development

To access the online courses, follow this link and use the ‘ForEveryFamily’ as the access code.


Whatever you’re feeling, we’re here to help.

Get free, safe and anonymous support, for ages 10-25 here.


Information about support for health and wellbeing in education for children and young people with SEND including the support available, and much more can be found here.