Where can I go to for support?


Kooth Support Statement: Covid-19

Click hear to see  how to sign up – NEW Kooth Sign Up

As schools across the country begin to contingency plan in the event of closures this week, I wished to make contact to highlight the support Kooth.com is able to provide at this difficult time.

Kooth will continue to provide online mental health and wellbeing support to young people aged 11-18 years and up to 25 years for care leavers in Sunderland via any internet accessible device. Kooth provides an opportunity to interact in a supportive way with other young people as well as receive support from a qualified counsellor.

We would like to ensure that young people are signposted to a safe environment where information, advice and guidance is accessible through age appropriate, pre-moderated articles, forums in an aim to reduce some of those anxieties surrounding Covid-19.
Young people can also chat in confidence with qualified counsellors, who are online from 12-noon until 10pm on weekdays and from 6pm until 10pm, 365 days a year.


Click below to read the Primary Kooth Supporting Letter including the ‘Online Statement, Page 2’ which includes the Kooth video link:

  Primary Kooth Supporting Letter.PDF

Click below to read the Secondary Kooth Supporting Letter including the ‘Online Statement, Page 2’ which includes the Kooth video link

  Secondary Kooth Supporting Letter.PDF

Click below to read the supporting letter for parents/carers:

  Parent/Carer Supporting Letter.PDF

Kooth letter to parents – May 2020 Sunderland.PDF

5 Steps to Well-being – Interactive Activities – Click Here to read more 

Kooth Video Links For Young People – Click Here to see the links 

 Kooth Magazine  a Guide to Signposting – Click Here 

COVID-19 – (Coronavirus)

Anna Freud have forwarded a link of resources to help support our children and Young People’s Mental Health during these unsettled times.




Click Clever Click Safe Campaign




Brook Group and 1:1 Support For Boys and Young Men In Sunderland

You can read more about the Brook Group and what support they can offer by clicking on the PDF link below:

  Information on the Brook Group – PDF


You can read more about what Cannabis is and the effects by clicking on the PDF link below:

  Information about Cannabis – PDF

Forced Marriage

You can read more about forced marriage by clicking on the PDF link below:

  Information on Forced Marriage – PDF

Self Harm

For further advice on self harm and where you can get help click on the PDF link below:

  Advice around self harm – PDF


Tel: 0800 1111 or visit the website www.childline.org.uk

 Childline Posters. PDF

Legal Highs 

For more information and advice on Legal Highs and the effects please click on the PDF link below:

  Legal Highs and the effects – PDF

Know The Score

Do you have a question about drugs?

   Know The Score – PDF

Tel: 0800 587 587 9 or visit the website www.knowthescore.info 

LGBTQ: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Questioning

For safe anonymous advice and support around LGBT please click on the PDF link below or 

visit www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/forum


Young Carers 

Do you help look after someone in your family with an illness or disability? For more information on whether or not you are eligible for a young carers card please click on the PDF link below:

  Young Carers Information – PDF

 FGM – Female Genetil Mutilation 

For further information about FGM please click on the PDF link below:

  FGM information and advice – PDF

 Runaway Helpline 

Do you need to talk to someone? Call or text 116 000 or visit www.runawayhelpline.org.uk

For more information about the runaway helpline please click on the PDF link below:

  Runaway Helpline Information – PDF

Mental Health and Wellbeing 



Tel: 08001111 www.childline.org.uk

Hideout Interactive

Website designed to support children and young people experiencing domestic violence. The address can be hidden from the history log of your computer.


Kidscape Bullying and child abuse preventions


NSPCC Leading charity offering support to children and young people

NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000


Talk to Frank

Information and advice about drug misuse.

Tel: 0300123 6600 Text: 82111


Young Minds

Excellent interactive website designed directly for children and young people on topics relevant to you.

Young Minds parent helpline: 0808 802 5544


Click CEOP – Internet Safety


Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people




We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We’re here to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone: www.mind.org.uk 


Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777
Email: caroline.granton@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777
Email: anita.blakeman@schools.sunderland.gov.uk