• Counselling for Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence and Abuse

    Who is the service for? Men and women over the age of 18 from the Sunderland area, who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual violence, either in childhood or as an adult, and who are looking for support to address the impact of their experiences. We also work with men from South Tyneside and […]

Counselling and Support during the COVID-19 crisis -20th March 2020

Service Update

Our John Street office is now closed for any face to face work due to COVID 19. We are still operating a minimal phone service for incoming calls between the hours of 9:00 and 4:30.

You can email us at: office@sunderlandcounselling.org.uk

COVID-19 Concerns

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 has taken hold, both globally and in the UK, we have entered a period that is unchartered and uncertain. Many people will feel anxiety about catching the virus, the wellbeing of their family, friends and work colleagues. They may also worry about their jobs security, finances, childcare and how they might manage if they are required to self-isolate.

For some people who have existing mental health problems these very real concerns may feel much worse and might exasperate existing symptoms.

The World Health Organisation has provided some welcome guidelines for managing distress during this difficult time:


  • Avoid listening to, watching or reading the news if it causes you to feel anxious or distressed.
  • Seek information only to help you to take positive actions to prepare and protect yourself and loved ones
  • Seek information updates at specific times, maybe once or twice during the day

Take positive actions to look after your own wellbeing, don’t ignore your anxiety but try and do something that you can control:

  • Stay connected with the people you care about
  • Catch up with things you have been meaning to do in the house or garden
  • Read a book, watch a boxed set, listen to music, cook
  • Practice Mindfulness, this can help you stay connected to the ‘Here and now’ rather than catastrophizing. – There are apps you can download onto your phone (For example: Headspace, Calm)

Mind recommends:


  • Paying attention to your diet and hydration levels
  • Exercise – currently a brisk walk or cycle at a distance from others is still an option
  • Continue to access sunlight and nature, get out in your garden or yard, if possible.

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