Mental Health Support



County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network

Hope you are well. Please find presentation attached from the last meeting and details below for the next County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network taking place on Thursday 13th June 2019.

Important News:

Investing in Children will now be taking over the coordination of the Network Meetings and E-Network. Please book via the link below or contact Chris Affleck This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up to the new E-Network. Due to data protection I cannot forward your email address so if you would like to stay involved and be kept up to date with children and young people’s mental health news in County Durham please ensure you sign up.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to you all for being part the Network so far, I have thoroughly enjoyed developing and coordinating the work alongside you. The meetings have always been full of passion and energy from people who want to make a difference in children’s mental health and I look forward to seeing the work continue to grow.

Hopefully I will get to see you at a future meeting or in some forum linked to children and young people’s mental health

Many thanks 

Wendy Minhinnett

Roller Coaster Family Support

MH Provider Forum 29.3.19

Please find attached agenda and embedded papers from the MH provider forum on Friday 29th March

Also attached are the Draft Notes

Mental Health in Schools Children, Young People and Family Engagement Event

Please find flyer attached for a children, young people and family engagement event taking place on Saturday 13th April at Durham County Cricket Ground. Please share with any families you think may be interested in getting involved.

New Resource-Anna Freud Centre

Supporting Schools to Engage with Parents and Carers Booklet attached. The booklet has been developed by teachers, clinicians and parents & carers

Feedback needed on Mental Health Problems in Children and Young People-Guidance for parents and carers publication

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust are looking for some feedback on the attached guidance for parents publication-it takes less than 1 minute to complete and they would really appreciate your views to help make any improvements needed

Time to Change Focus Group

Please see information regarding a focus group Time To Change are facilitating in April. Please note spaces are limited so if you would like to attend please book sooner rather than later.

Time To Change are running a focus group to discuss and explore the day-to-day experiences and priorities of those of us with lived experience of mental health problems, in order to help Time to Change to plan the activities of the campaign over the next few years. 

The informal discussion should take around 1.5-2 hours, and in return for coming along and sharing your views we will pay each participant £25 plus travel expenses up to £15.  This is a great opportunity to help shape the future of Time to Change!

12 April from 1pm to 3pm
Waddington Street Centre, 3 Waddington Street, Durham

Any questions please contact Hannah on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

To register:


Small Talk Saves Lives video to share

The Samaritan’s campaign “Small Talk Saves Lives” has been running for  some time. I met with Rosemary the Durham Brand director today about their capacity for running some information sharing seasons for the public who live or work in and around the immediate area as we discussed at the meeting a few weeks ago. Rosemary  is very keen to be involved  in the Chester-Le-Street Community. She referred to some video content in our discussion and I have added the link to this email, a brilliantly made hard hitting vide that is right on message for what we want to be happening at Chester-le-Street train station and in the wider community. I would like to see this shared widely in the community so I was stating with you both! Thanks as always for your ongoing support.

Mental Health Provider Forum notes of last meeting

Please find attached the notes of the last meeting for your information.

The next meeting will be held on the 29th March 2019, 9am

MHNE Bulletin

Please find MHNE’s latest bulletin packed with news and information on organisations, services, training opportunities etc from different venues in the North East of England.

Mental Health North East has received highly positive evaluations following our recent training sessions and is working to improve and protect mental health services in the region.  MHNE Training tackles stigma by helping employers, managers and work colleagues understand more about mental health problems and the realities of living with them.

Find out more:

Mental health resources worth sharing

In addition to my regular roundup below, I’ve also drawn together a pick and mix menu for INSET training.  It’s very flexible, but I suggest you pick three topics, one that’s delivered as a whole school session and two that are delivered as workshops for relevant staff.  Take a look and drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you’d like me to come and deliver INSET at your school. I’m happy to travel and the sessions always go down very well (that sounds big headed, but it happens to be true!)
New Videos:
Autism & Me - Gareth Morewood (SEND expert) interviews Pooky
Engaging parents – 100 ideas for teachers book Review
Self-Harm Question - 'why would someone with a happy life self-harm?'
EMDR: 3 things I wish I'd known before I started trauma therapy
Self-Harm Questions - 'What should schools do?'
Self-Harm Questions - 'Is drug and alcohol abuse self-harm?'
Self-Harm Questions - 'what does deliberate self-harm mean?'
Listening Skills: How to listen so young people feel supported
You might also like these playlists which bring together useful videos:
School mental health leads– videos for new or aspiring mental health or wellbeing leads
Myths and misconceptions– short videos which explore common mental health myths
Parents – ideas for supporting your child– does what it says on the tin! 

Emotional Wellbeing Network 

Hope you are well. The next Emotional Wellbeing Network will take place on Thursday 28th February 2019 12.30-3pm at Durham Leadership Centre. Agenda to follow.

In the meantime please find information attached and below which may be useful

How to write an effective mental health policy
How to Run Effective & Engaging Parent Workshops
Promoting wellbeing in the workplace - practical strategies for line managers
Supporting the Siblings of a Young Person with a Mental Health Issue

Resource Collection: promoting school staff wellbeing
Resource: Mental Health Myths Video Series
New Suicide Safety Plan Tool / Site
Resource: Help is at Hand - Support after suicide

If you would like to sign up to Pooky’s newsletters  please visit

TEWV Introduction to Leadership Programme for Service Users, Carers and Advocates

Are you a service user, carer or advocate interested in developing your leadership skills?  This programme could be for you.

The Introduction to Leadership Programme aims to:

  • Support users, carers and advocates with career and personal development
  • Work together to develop leadership skills - to share ideas and experiences and learn from each other
  • Support and encourage users, carers and advocates to be effective in influencing and contributing to service improvements
  • Empower users, carers and advocates within their own local services
  • Encourage participants to create and sustain a self-supporting network

When? The programme runs from May to December with one session per month.  The days start at 10am and finish at 4pm.

A taster event will be held in April to find out more about the programme.  If you would be interested in the programme, you must commit to attending all 7 days if possible 

Where? The 2019 programme is being held at: Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, County Durham, TS21 2EH

Interested? To request an application form or further information please contact Kaye Coles on (01642) 451665 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing Date for application forms is Friday 15th March 2019

Mental Health Provider Forum

Please note that the provider forum planned for 28th January has now been moved to Thursday 31st January at 1.30pm in the indoor bowling centre, apologies for inconvenience.

If you have any items you would like added to the agenda please let me know on this email address. PA Job Share This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Minutes of previous meeting

Community Floating Support - for adults with mental health issues

We offer services for people with mental health issues, over the age of 18 years, who do not have the support of a social worker or care coordinator. We also provide short term supported accommodation in the county in partnership with Auckland Home Solutions.

Apply for support for adults with mental health issues

What can we help with?

We can help to improve your mental wellbeing by supporting you with:

  • money matters
  • general life skills (such as building your confidence, time management and helping you find work)
  • housing issues
  • household skills
  • keeping healthy
  • social skills

We can also:

  • help you access counselling or therapy
  • signpost to other services which may be able to help you
  • provide supported accommodation if you are homeless or about to become homeless

Our recovery workers will agree a plan with you, which will be based upon your needs.

How do I get help?

You can be referred to us by health services, your doctor, housing departments, or voluntary agencies. You can also refer yourself byThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Children and Young People’s Mental Health

Please find attached and below some useful links and resources around children and young people’s mental Health:

Leaflets attached:

Self-care resources for young people:

Range of resources and leaflets from Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

Mental Health in Schools Toolkit

Healthy London Partnership has developed an online toolkit to provide further support for schools and commissioners.  It has been developed in partnership with the Greater London Authority. We encourage school leaders and staff, health care professionals and commissioners to use the toolkit for a wide range of information and guidance on how to promote emotional wellbeing and mental health within schools.

Date for the diary: The next County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network meeting will take place on Thursday 28th February 2019 12.30-3.00pm, an agenda will follow nearer the time

Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and best wishes for 2019-remember to look after your own well-being this festive season

Wendy Minhinnett

Roller Coaster Family Support

MHNE Latest Bulletin

Please find attached MHNE latest bulletin – if you would like to publicise your organisation, events, news etc in the bulletin please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Best Wishes Lyn Kind regards Lyn Lyn Boyd CEO Mental Health North East Mental Health North East Birtley CDC Drum Park Drum Lane Industrial Estate Chester-le-Street Co Durham DH2 1AE

0191 4111 962 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fire Service Film is public

Just to let you know that as agreed the film we have created with County Durham Fire & Rescue Service has gone out through our Social Media this morning, this is the link to the film on You Tube

Please do go on to our Facebook & Twitter and like and share the film and help get it out in advance of World Mental Health Day .

As a reminder our Facebook Page is @StampOutStigmaInDurham and our Twitter is @_StampOutStigma Look forward to seeing you at the Stamp It Out meeting tomorrow afternoon.

Best Wishes, Chris Project Officer We have moved office please amend your records: Sjvoll Centre, Front Street, Pity Me, Durham, DH15BZ Telephone: 0191 3077030| Mobile: 07453 058986 Visit us at:

Mental Health - Better Together VCS Policy Forum Report 

You may have participated in, or been aware of the Policy Forum about Mental Health, which was convened on Friday 6th July. This was the first in series of Policy Forums which are being coordinated via the Better Together Forum. Better Together is an informal network of county wide and specialist VCS organisations which provide services for communities across County Durham.

The Forum attracted a broad cross section of stakeholders with an interest and in-depth understanding about how mental health support is being provided in the County. Delegates included elected members, VCS service providers, commissioners, NHS Foundation Trust managers and CCG representatives. The content provided an overview about how governance and commissioning is emerging and developing across both health and social care sectors, how services are provided via TEWV, and the challenges and opportunities which VCS providers of mental health support services are working with. The underlying theme was one of cross sector partnership working, which is why we are keen to share messages from the delegates who took part.

We’re pleased to be able to circulate the attached report, which summarises the presentations from the morning and the ensuing discussions. I’d like to draw your attention to the next steps we agreed as a result, and which are detailed at the end of the four page report. If you have any queries or would like any additional information, please do contact me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Ian Hunter Smart This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , who is supporting the Better Together Network.

All best wishes, Jo Joanna Laverick Executive Director, Durham Community Action

County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network 

The County Durham Children and Young Peoples Emotional Wellbeing Network took place on : Thursday 27th September 2018 12.30-3pm Leadership Centre Spennymoor

Please find agenda attached and the presentations from the previous meeting.

There is a few links below to some useful resources and an important notice regarding contact emails

Information Sharing:

Webinars Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Please find a link to free webinars from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust about the mental health of children and young people.

Self-Harm Discussion Starter Activity

Know Before You Go is an e-resource for Year 12-13 students as they transition from school/college to university

Mentally Healthy Schools-Suicidal feelings and thoughts

Important Notice Success (North East) the organisation who previously coordinated County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network closed on 31st August 2018. The network will continue to be coordinated by myself as an independent consultant (trading as Rollercoaster Family Support) in partnership with Durham County Council. This is the last email I will send to the group via the Success mailing group. My new email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision

We are pleased to let you know that “Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper” has now been published.

You can read the full green paper here and respond to the consultation here

The consultation will be open for 13 weeks to allow for the Christmas break, and closes at 12 noon on Friday 2 March 2018. We will be setting up and taking part in a range of consultation events in the new year, including for children and young people. Further details will be available in due course. The headline proposals in the Green Paper are: • New measures which signal a fundamental shift in mental health support, with over £300 million funding available • Training for senior designated mental health leads in schools and colleges to improve prevention work • Earlier access to services through the creation of new Mental Health Support Teams working directly with schools and colleges • New four week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted Under the plans every school and college in England will be incentivised to appoint a designated senior lead for mental health to co-ordinate existing school-based support as well as helping children to access specialist therapies and other NHS treatments if they need them. Supported by a training package of £15m-£20m a year until all schools have had the opportunity to train leads, the senior leads will also be responsible for developing a “whole school approach” to mental health and wellbeing – including making sure pastoral support is available for all pupils and that strong policies are in place to reduce bullying and other behaviours that can cause mental distress.

A further £209 million will be available to create new Mental Health Support Teams which will improve join-up between schools/colleges and the NHS. The teams will provide a wider range of support and treatments in or near schools and colleges, to improve earlier intervention to so mental health problems can be addressed before they become too serious. Several thousand people are expected to be recruited over the next five years to form these new teams, which could be trained to offer Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments. Supervised by clinicians they will also work closely with educational psychologists, school nurses, counsellors, social workers and others to assess and refer children for other specialist treatments if necessary.

Other measures set out in the Green Paper include: • Ensuring every primary and secondary school in the country is offered mental health awareness training. • Ensuring teaching all pupils about mental health and wellbeing is a focus of our work to improve the quality of relationships education and PSHE. • A new working group to look at mental health support for 16-25 year olds. • Commissioning further research to fill evidence gaps across children’s mental health, including understanding how better to support vulnerable families.

We look forward to your response to the consultation. Matthew Hopkinson on behalf of the Department for Education Catherine Tyack on behalf of the Department of Health Children and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper team”

County Durham Children and Young People’s Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Professional Network 

Aim: To Improve outcomes for children, young people and families by:
• Providing a network meeting and e-network for practitioners who have an interest in promoting mental health & emotional wellbeing of children, young people and families in County Durham.
• Informing the work of the County Durham Children & Young People’s Mental Health, Emotional Wellbeing & Resilience Group.

Format The network was established in June 2014, is funded by Durham County Council Public Health and coordinated by Success (North East). Four two-hour network meetings take place throughout the year (September, December, February and May) as well as regular e-network sharing.

Each meeting includes:
• Guest Speakers focused around emotional & mental health
• An opportunity to share practice, ideas, issues and information about children and young people’s emotional& mental health
• A space for practitioners to support each other

Membership The network is free and open to any practitioner with an interest in promoting emotional wellbeing and positive mental health of children, young people and families in County Durham. We currently have over 600 practitioners from a wide range of organisations registered on the e-network and between 30-50 practitioners attend each meeting.

What members say about the network:
• Love hearing how other groups are getting on and what other services are available from engaging presentations.
• Thank you, as head teacher, I can see how emotional development can be placed in the whole school development plan. Lots of justifications given today. • Really useful to hear from other speakers/agencies about what is available to support emotional well being
• Lots of useful contact numbers sharing ideas becoming aware of other organisations and extra support systems in County Durham
• Very useful for information forum & speakers. A great chance to share ideas and gain a little confidence as a new member – Thank You
• I found the session; Interesting and inspiring, extremely useful, great to chat to others. Thank you!

Getting Involved: If you would like to sign up to the network, attend as a guest speaker or would like any further information please contact Wendy Minhinnett on 07415380040 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mental Health Provider Forum

held on Thursday 27th September 2018 at 9.00am at the Indoor Bowling Centre, Abbey Road, Durham

Minutes & Notes


Date Time Venue
17th January 1.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
15th April 1.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
19th July 9.00am Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
22nd October 9.00am Durham Indoor Bowling Centre


Date Time Venue
28th January 1.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
29th March 9.00am Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
20th May 1.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
26th July 9.00am Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
23rd September 1.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
28th November 9.00am Durham Indoor Bowling Centre

MH Provider Forum 27th July 

Due to annual leave commitments, the number of apologies already received and the potential for more, the decision has been taken to cancel the above meeting. If you were planning on presenting at that forum could you let me know and we will postpone to a future meeting either in September of November.

MH Provider Forum minutes and presentations 24th May 2018 

Please find attached minutes of the above forum and copies of presentations for your information.


St Peters Presentation

WBFL Presentation