Talking Therapies

Updated on 11th February 2020 at 5:37 pm

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North Tyneside Talking Therapies provides psychological assessment and treatment to adults who live in North Tyneside who are suffering from common mental health problems. The Talking Therapies service is available in the community at GP practices and health centres in the borough. 


Below is information about some of the common symptoms you may be experiencing which Talking Therapies could help with. We provide evidence based psychological treatment for anyone experiencing a common mental health condition that impacts on their daily life.

 

Depression

Depression is characterised by feeling sad, hopeless and a loss of interest in things you used to enjoy. People with depression find their symptoms can persist for weeks or months and can interfere with work, social and family life.

Symptoms include:

 

  • Continuous low mood or sadness
  • Feeling hopeless and helpless
  • Having low self-esteem
  • Feeling tearful
  • Feeling irritable and intolerant of others
  • Having no motivation or interest in things
  • Finding it hard to make decisions
  • Not getting any enjoyment out of life
  • Having suicidal thoughts or feelings of harming yourself
  • Disturbed sleep (struggling to get off to or stay asleep, or sleeping too much)
  • Changes in weight and/or appetite
  • Feeling anxious

Your symptoms may cause you to withdraw from other people including your family and friends. You may also find going to work difficult and stressful and may take time off sick. As a result you may feel worse about yourself and lower in mood or self-esteem.

Anxiety and excessive worry

We all get anxious. Anxiety has an important role to play. It prepares our body for ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ from something we perceive as threatening or dangerous to us.  Modern life has its own triggers which can cause anxiety e.g. public speaking, whether or not we have time to do all the things we have to do, or even fear itself. There are lots of different types of anxiety including fears and phobias, panic, obsessions and compulsions, health anxiety, worry and post-traumatic stress.

Shyness and social anxiety

Being shy is not necessarily a problem. Most people can feel a little shy and nervous in social situations at some point. However, some people struggle with this more than others. You may find that it starts to have an impact on the way you would like to live your life. For example, avoiding situations or cancelling plans, worrying excessively about what other people think of you.

Post traumatic stress disorder

Going through a traumatic experience can take its toll on the mind as well as the body. You may experience feelings of fear, guilt, anxiety and low mood. It is entirely normal to be affected by something that has been traumatic, particularly if you felt your life, or the life of someone close to you was under threat. Some people experience their memories of the traumatic even as if it were happening again known as flashbacks, and may have nightmares about what happened. For most people these symptoms will gradually reduce over time. However some people will continue to experience flashbacks and nightmares.

Other problems Talking Therapies can support you with

  • Specific phobias
  • Panic disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Health anxiety
  • Problems related to childhood trauma

Am I eligible?

 

Please note if you have been supported by any of the following mental health services within the time frames stated below, or are still supported by them, please do not continue with this referral. Instead contact that service. 

  • Mental Health Crisis Team and/or Emergency department at your local hospital  (within one month)
  • Drug and Alcohol Services (within 6 months)
  • Community Treatment Team or Community Mental Health Team (within 12 months)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (within 6 months)

How do I refer myself?

 

If you are 16 + and registered with a North Tyneside GP you can be referred to North Tyneside Talking Therapies either by your GP,  or you can refer yourself by completing our online referral and assessment form by simply clicking here. Alternatively you can contact Talking Therapies directly to self-refer on 0191 2952775. The administrators will ask you a few questions which can take up to 15 minutes. You can also ask your GP or any other healthcare professional to refer you.

Self help leaflets

 

There is a range of self help leaflets available to help with a number of common difficulties such as low mood, anxiety and stress.  The leaflets are meant as an introduction to self help techniques designed to help you.

Click here to view the self help leaflets. They are available in several formats including as a pdf, audio versions, videos including British Sign Language and they can also be shared by email.  To view the videos you will need access to Adobe Flash Player which can be downloaded for free when you click on any leaflet.

Need help now?

 

Please note that Talking Therapies is not a crisis service if you need urgent medical or mental health help.  In an emergency please contact:

  • Your GP
  • Emergency Department at your local hospital
  • Mental Health Crisis Team 0303 123 1146
  • Samaritans 116 123
  • NHS Direct 111

 

Contact 

 

Wallsend Health Centre

The Green

Wallsend

NE28 7PD

Tel: 0191 295 2775

The office is open Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm. We offer appointments Monday to Thursday between 7.45am and 7.30pm and between 7.45am and 5pm on Fridays.