NONE of us are immune from suffering mental health issues - and figures show people are suffering more and more.


Today is World Mental Health Day and that is why The Northern Echo is releasing a list of all the ways people in our region can get help.

From right across County Durham, Darlington, Teesside and North Yorkshire, we've scoured some of the main places you, or someone you know, can access.

The list includes charities and organisations for those dealing with different forms of mental health and where possible, we have added the times they are available to you.

Although the services listed are free, waiting times to access each service can vary drastically depending on the provider and location.


GPs - they should be able to refer you to other services and may be a useful first port of call, but you can contact the following organisations straight away too.

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 5.30pm)


CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35

Phone: 0800 585858 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Men's Health Forum

24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email

Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities


Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm)

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm) 

OCD Action

Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources

Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 5pm)


A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments

Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm)


Young suicide prevention society

Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon to Fri, 10am to 5pm & 7 to 10pm. Weekends 2pm to 5pm)

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 4pm)


Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)


Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30 to 10.30pm)


Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals

Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 4pm)

If U Care Share

A mental health charity based in Chester-le-Street, County Durham providing support for everyone.

Call 0191 387 5661, or access its 24/7 confidential 'crisis messenger' chat by texting IUCS to 85258 or visit


More locally, there are a number of avenues that you can pursue to help get you the help needed, they are: 

Talking Changes

Delivers counselling services across County Durham and Darlington

Call 0191 333 3300 or visit (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, Thursdays, 9am - 8pm)

First Contact/Social Care Direct provided by Durham County Council 

Call 03000 267 979 or email (Monday to Thursday, 8.30am - 5pm, Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm)

Community Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Darlington 

Call 01325 406 111 (Monday to Wednesday, 8.30am to 4.45pm, Thursday, 9.30am to 4.45pm and Friday, 8.30am to 4.15pm)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in County Durham

Call 0300 123 9296 or email (Monday to Thursday 9am - 7pm, Friday 9am - 5pm)


Starfish Health and Wellbeing Teesside

Call 01642 672 987 (opening times not clarified at time of publication)

The Lighthouse Centre (Stockton self-referral service)

Call 01642 647 086 (opening times not clarified at time of publication)

Crisis Resolution and Intensive Home Treatment Team

24 hour support via the following telephone numbers:

Hartlepool 01429 286 858

Stockton 01642 524 714

Middlesbrough 01642 680 706

Redcar and Cleveland 01642 838 300 

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Teesside

Call 0300 123 9296 or email (Monday to Thursday, 9am - 7pm and Friday, 9am - 5pm)


North Yorkshire mental health helpline provided by North Yorkshire County Council 

Call 0800 561 0076 or visit (Monday to Thursday, 5pm - 8.30am, Friday 4.30pm and 24 hours on a weekend)

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies - North Yorkshire

Provides talking therapies to patients registered with a GP in select areas.

Northallerton office 01609 768 890, Harrogate office 01423 852 137, Whitby and Scarborough office 01947 899 270.



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