Promoting Mental Health & Wellbeing
for Children and Young People


CAMHS Service

The Community CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) Counselling Service is provided at Community CAMHS bases in Southwick, Hendon and Washington.

It is part of an integrated CAMHS team offering support to children and young people aged 5 to 18, who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health throughout the Sunderland area.


The service is staffed by qualified counsellors who provide time limited therapy for children and young people who need some support. Common themes are issues with anger, relationships, bullying, low self-esteem, identity, bereavement and loss.

The counselling can be accessed via a referral from someone in the health, education or social services fields. Unfortunately we are unable to accept self or parental referrals.

Community CAMHS Counselling adheres to City of Sunderland Council safeguarding policies and procedures, and the service is accredited with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

The Community CAMHS Counselling service is available from 9.00 to 5.00 from Monday to Friday. We may be able to offer some appointments slightly earlier or later than these times if necessary.

Tel: 01912831656

Schools Based Service

Sunderland Counselling Service has contracts with schools throughout the Sunderland area to offer counselling support to pupils. These schools are across a range of primary, secondary and special schools.

The service is staffed by qualified counsellors who provide time limited therapy for pupils who need some support. The counsellors discuss with the schools their specific needs and can offer a flexible range of one-to-one counselling and therapeutic groups for children and young people as well as advice to staff.

The aim is for the service to become an integrated part of the school provision.
Common themes explored are issues with transitions, stress, anger, relationships, friendships, bullying, low self-esteem, identity, bereavement and loss.

Referrals can come from school staff, parents as well as the children themselves. However, for younger pupils there needs to be parental consent.

For further information about this please contact Caroline Gardner on 0191 2831153

Good Vibes

This is a new initiative working in youth centres and community venues across Sunderland to provide mental health counselling support to children and young people aged 10-19. This is in direct response to requests by the young people and their desire for easily accessible counselling support.

The service is for young people who are currently accessing the youth provision offered. Referrals to the service can be by youth worker, parent or self referrals. However those aged 13 and under will require parental consent.

The fully trained counsellors work in conjunction with the youth provision and young people to be responsive to the needs of the area and can offer a mix of counselling and therapeutic groups.

Northern Mental Help

The aim of Northern Mental Help is to help any individual or family struggling with issues of social isolation, particularly as we all struggle with the coronavirus pandemic.

"The counsellor has a high impact on student wellbeing"

Acting head teacher