Helpful Resources

Useful resources while you wait for counselling

When you aren’t able to get started with your counselling immediately, or the demand for services means that waiting times stretch out, this can be a difficult time.  Below is a list of resources which you may find helpful.

Grounding Techniques

Grounding exercises are helpful for many situations where you find yourself becoming overwhelmed or distracted by distressing memories, thoughts or feelings. If you find yourself getting caught up in strong emotions like anxiety or anger, or if you catch yourself engaging in stressful circling thoughts, or if you experience a strong painful memory or a flashback Grounding can help bring you back down to earth.  Download our sheet on grounding techniques here.

Mental Health Apps

For people who are dealing with common mental health conditions, such as low-level anxiety and milder forms of depression, engaging with apps can be a great resource for support. Knowing where to start can be overwhelming as there are so many available; therefore, we suggest beginning with the NHS Apps Library, where you will find a wide range of NHS approved and assessed apps.  You can find these here.

Free Resources from

Calm has selected a number of meditations, stories, music, talks and more, all hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness; all of these resources are completely free of charge, if you find them useful recommend them to a friend.  You can find them here.

Mental Health Crisis Service

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust has set up a 24 hour Mental Health Crisis Service. You can find more information here.  The phone number is 0300 0200317  

The Recovery College Online

Specific help with Corona virus worries​

There is information about how to avoid catching/spreading the virus, what immediate feelings you may have and common reactions, managing your mental health at this time, managing isolation and social distancing, self-care, supporting children and young people and some accessible information.

The course is free to access for everyone.  You can find it by following this link.