Where to access mental health support in Sunderland

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, organised by Samaritans, who gather communities and organisations across the world to spread awareness and information on how we can create a society where fewer people die from suicide.

It's ok not to be ok, and accessing the right support can be key to help anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts. Thanks to Sunderland Mind, we’ve listed below some important mental health organisations based in the Sunderland Area that you can contact if you’re in need of support:

  • GP – Call your GP and tell them how you or the person is feeling. They may be able to offer support or notify an agency who can.
  • Community Psychiatric Nurse – If you have a Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) you could contact them and tell them how you are feeling.
  • NHS Direct – 111 has psychiatric nurses on the switchboard who can offer advice.
  • Samaritans – 116 123 this is a free confidential helpline if you feel you need to talk.
  • Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line – 0300 5000 927 10am – 2pm Monday – Friday
  • Sunderland City Council – Contact Adult Services on 0191 520 5552. This is the number of the Call Handling Team who will take basic contact details before referring to the Advice & Assessment Team or one of the Complex Teams for social care needs.
  • Sunderland Initial Response Team (IRT) – The service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, throughout the year and can be contacted on 0303 123 1145. The Initial Response Team provides practical advice, emotional support from qualified nursing staff and when appropriate, routing to the right service. The team is made up of a clinical lead, qualified mental health clinicians and experienced support staff.
  • Shout Crisis Textline - If you need immediate support, you can text SHOUT to 85258 and chat by text to one of their trained volunteers.
  • Sunderland Mind's WASP - WASP (Wellbeing Action Support Project) is Sunderland Mind’s young people’s project. They provide support to young people across the city. Find out more here. 
  • CALM - Calm is the Campaign Against Living Miserably for men aged 15 to 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Most of this information has been taken from the Sunderland Mind website.