A new, more integrated approach to helping people in South Tyneside with mental health problems has been launched.
The ‘ageless’ Lifecycle service has been introduced by NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
It will offer a single point of access to primary care mental health services, extending the existing talking therapies provision for adults, youngsters and families.
It is being provided by South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust staff six days a week.
The new service is for those experiencing mild to moderate problems, such as depression, anxiety, behavioural issues and difficulties at school.
Its main base is at Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, South Shields, but appointments are also offered at Flagg Court, South Shields, and Monkton Hall, Jarrow, as well as other venues across the borough, including schools, Children’s Centres and GP practices.
Trust chief executive Steve Williamson said: “Mental health and wellbeing affects and influences the lives not only of individuals but also of their families and communities so we are delighted to have been given this opportunity to provide such an important service for all ages in South Tyneside.
“Our highly-trained therapists have vast experience in a wide range of support, which has been proven to be effective in helping people to take greater control of their lives and improve their confidence.”
Adults and young people over 16 years old can refer themselves to the Lifecycle service, and adults can refer their children, by contacting 0191 283 2937.