Washington Mind Young People’s Project offer 1-1 counselling and groupwork for 11-25 year olds who live within the City of Sunderland.

Washington Mind’s Young Peoples service

Counselling is offered in a variety of venues across the City of Sunderland including, The Life House, PopRecs, and some schools and other community settings.

If you would like to arrange counselling please make contact with us via telephone, text or email.

When you contact us, we will arrange a suitable time to speak with you directly via telephone. During our phone call we we’ll check out what’s going on for you. If we agree that counselling may help with your situation we then add you to our waiting list to arrange an appointment.

Sometimes while you are waiting for counselling it can be helpful to access other services that offer support:

  • Childlineis here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.
  • Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counsellingand emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop …
  • YoungMinds – We’re the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and youngpeople’s mental health. We will make sure all young people get the best possible mental health.

At the first appointment that we make sure that counselling is the best way forward.  Often it is helpful if a parent can attend this with you, but we always check this with you when you arrive. We also agree further support and arrange for this to happen.

Appointments are confidential unless you tell us that you, or someone else is in an unsafe situation.  We may then have to share information to prevent someone from being harmed.  If we felt that we had to pass on information without your permission, we would always speak to you first about the need to do this and we would explain what would happen next.

Our service continues to adapt, and is influenced primarily by the opinions and needs of young people. All of our best ideas come from them, such as; StrangeThings? Zine, our app Reasons2, the Young People’s area of our online directory (wellbeinginfo.org) and our LGBTQI support group. Young people are currently working as co-creators on a project focusing on loneliness and particularly what can help combat this, this is a 3 year project funded by Kavlifondet.

The service we offer continues to evolve, and we use a participatory approach to engage with young people as advisors. This enables us to develop new ways of engaging with our community to reduce the stigma around mental health and enable people to access support at the most appropriate time.

Useful Links

Underground Neighborhood

A group for young people aged 17-19 Tuesdays at The Life House, Grasmere Terrace, Columbia, Washington, NE387LP from 5:30pm-7pm

First Tuesday of the month Board Games
Second Tuesday of the month Arts, crafts and mindful colouring in
Third Tuesday of the month Movie Afternoons
Fourth Tuesday of the month Cooking and baking
Fifth Tuesday of the month Talks and Presentations on different topics (e.g. housing, money management, further education,
employment, etc.)

£1 recommended donation per session for food, snacks and drinks during the group

Interested? Get in touch to book your place:

Click here to download our poster.

Underground Neighborhood

In place to raise awareness in Washington around self-harm for young people, parents and professionals. To find out more about Self-Harm please click here.

LGBTQI Youth Group

Washington Mind’s LGBTQI youth group takes place weekly and is suitable for young people aged 13-25. Please join us on Tuesday evenings if you would like to be part of the group.

Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to come along, please text on 07507 330 995 or contact us at [email protected]org.uk

Click here to download our poster

Wellbeinginfo for young people

We have a dedicated Young People’s section of of wellbeinginfo.org where you can find out about different topics such as mental health, self-harm and wellbeing. Click here to visit the area now.



If you would like to talk to somebody about counselling or any of our services, you or somebody you trust, can text your name to 07507 330995 and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Alternatively, we can be contacted by email at: [email protected] or phone on: 0191 417 8043.