Mental health, mental illness and emotional distress are all words used to describe someone who is experiencing mental health difficulties. Mental health, like physical health, can involve a wide range of difficulties and complaints, from relatively mild conditions to more severe illnesses.

Good mental health and emotional well-being helps young people to develop into healthy and happy adults. Children and young people are often vulnerable to poor mental health and as many as 1 in 10 children aged 5-16 may be affected by a mental health problem at any one time.

Self-harm affects as many as 1 in 15 young people aged 11-25.

The mental health of children and young people can be affected by many factors, and increases vulnerable situations, including families where neither parent is working, families on low income, and single-parent families.

The Young Minds website offers information about mental health for young people. The site also offers help and advice to professionals and parents and operates a free Parents Helpline to support anyone who's worried about the emotional problems or behaviour of a child or young person. Call 0808 802 5544 free from landlines and mobiles.
 
The Samaritans provide confidential emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. If you're worried about something, feel upset or confused, or you just want to talk to someone call Telephone 08457 90 90 90 or visit the Samaritans website.

 
PAPYRUS is a voluntary organisation committed to the prevention of young suicide and the promotion of mental health and emotional wellbeing. If you are a young person worried about yourself or if you're concerned about someone you know, call HOPElineUK on Freephone 0800 068 4141, Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and 7pm-10pm, Saturday-Sunday 2pm-5pm or visit the PAPYRUS website.


Rethink campaigns to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life. The Rethink website
has lots of resources to help people living with mental illness, including schizophrenia.

Mind is a mental health charity working to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress. The Mind website has a number of useful resources for young people or call the MindinfoLine on Telephone 0845 766 0163.

Mental Health Matters help to promote mental health across the UK and operate helplines across Tyne and Wear offering information about mental health to service users, carers and family and friends. The Mental Health Matters website offers information on everything from employment and housing to community support and psychological services.

Gateshead
Telephone 0800 085 1718 between 5pm-9am daily, available 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays

Newcastle upon Tyne
Telephone 0845 601 2457 between 6pm-6am daily

North Tyneside
Telephone 0845 601 2458 between 6pm-6am daily

Sunderland
Telephone 0800 013 0626 between 5pm-9am daily, available 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays

Winston's Wish helps bereaved children and young people rebuild their lives after a family death.

The Counselling Directory website has a page on self-care which includes helpful advice and resources to help everyone maintain and improve overall their own well-being.