Counselling referrals through Occupational Health:

All colleagues can refer themselves to our counselling service. If preferred, colleagues can also ask their manager to make a referral on their behalf.

Referrals at Gateshead Health are triaged, with some directed towards our internal psychological support capacity and some passed on to the NENC ICS Staff Wellbeing Hub team.

Talking therapies are for anyone who is going through a tough time or who has emotional problems that they need help with. Sessions provide you with the opportunity to talk about what is bothering you, look at your problems in a different way and an expert who will respect you.

Counselling can be helpful in many scenarios, but particularly for those who experience depression, anxiety, eating disorders, phobias and addiction. These services may also be useful after traumatic events such as bereavement or personal issues.

To make a referral, please complete the form below and send to [email protected].


Confidential 1:1 support – NENC ICS Staff Wellbeing Hub:

Colleagues who would prefer to access confidential support may wish to instead access the support offered by the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System’s (NENC ICS) Staff Wellbeing Hub.

As well as a confidential helpline, accessible on 0191 223 2030, colleagues can complete their dedicated online referral form to request support. Referrals can also be made on behalf of a colleague where agreed. Please note that referrals to the NENC ICS Staff Wellbeing Hub are only picked up Monday – Friday (excluding any bank holidays), between 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Those in need of immediate support are advised to contact a GP or local crisis service.


Doctors in Distress

Doctors in Distress is an independent charity dedicated to providing mental health support and stopping suicide in health workers. The charity provides free peer-to-peer confidential and facilitated support groups for all health workers in the UK.

Groups provide spaces for healthcare workers to come together to share experiences and discuss the emotional impact of their work – to prevent the worsening of mental health before burnout. The approach is a proven and effective reflective practice, and support groups are completley free to participate in.

Also available from Doctors in Distress is their Creativity Project, providing healthcare colleagues with a place to find creativity, contemplation. To find out more about the offer, click below.

MECC Gateshead Making every Contact Count

Local mental health support services

Crafted by Making Every Contact Count across Gateshead, a regularly updated guide to Mental Health support services available in Gateshead can be downloaded via the button below.