There is little doubt that mental well being in young people is essential. Our society relies on the healthy development of young people for its future. If we are to prosper then we need to address the concerns of young people as a matter of priority.  With this in mind we have created Squirrels, a moving live drama that focuses on a group of young women who support one another in times of crisis.

Squirrels is at the heart of a half day workshop we are offering to schools and other organisations where young people meet. The performance kicks off the session and with the support of a highly experienced clinician, the participants are asked to examine their own feelings and coping mechanisms when things get tough. As well as exploring ways of improving  resilience and finding the appropriate support in times of crisis, the workshop is an excellent way to begin an honest and open conversation with young people about the everyday steps towards improved mental health.

The response to Squirrels so far has been extremely positive and we look forward to engaging with more young people in the Autumn

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Here are a few of the responses to Squirrels:

“Mental Health should be the 4th Emergency Service. And it needs to be available at weekends.”
Audience member

“I worked as Health Care Professional in large institutions and one of the things overlooked is how children can become Squirrels, looking after themselves. That is their therapy. We need to involve them from the start” – Audience member

“It is about building links, developing coping strategies that work for them” – Audience member

A very powerful message…thank you…

Here are a few useful links for those who may have been affected by any of the issues in Squirrels. These are some of the organisations that can offer help and support for those who are dealing with mental health issues or are seeking to support someone else. Mental Illness affects not just the sufferer but friends and family and it is important to seek support.

We will keep updating the page and, as always, welcome your feedback. It is important to spread the word that there is help out there, so feel free to bookmark or link to this page.

• Mind (
• Young Minds (
• Rethink Mental Illness (
• Mental Health Foundation (
• SANE (
• Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (

Other Organisations that can help

ASK Helpline
Free text service aimed at young carers aged 14 -25 years across County Durham.
• Text ASK (followed by your question) to 80800. Open Monday-Friday 10am-9pm and Sundays 3pm-5pm

National Self Harm Network
• Self Harm Support
• 0800 6226000

Anxiety UK
• Anxiety disorder information/links
• 0844 4775774

• Confidential Young Suicide Prevention Advice for young people.
• HOPELineUK: 0800 068 41 41
• email:
• Text support: 07786 209697

• Preventing suicide in young males
• 0800 585858 (7 days a week, 5pm until midnight)
• Textline: 07537 404717

If U Care Share Foundation
• Suicide Prevention and Support for those bereaved by suicide – based in Chester-le-Street.
• 0191 3875661
• email:

Cruse Bereavement Care / RD4U
• Advice, information and support to anyone bereaved, whenever or however the death occurred.
• Freephone helpline: 0808 808 1677
• email:

Mental health and emotional support for young people.
• Young Minds Parent helpline – 0808 802 5544

• Confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
• Telephone: 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours a day)
• Email:

Mind Infoline
• Confidential mental health information service.
• Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)
• Text: 86463 (open from 11am-4pm)
• Email:

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line
• Expert advice and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems and those who care for them.
• Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (10am-2pm Monday to Friday)
• Email:

• Emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems
• Telephone: 0845 767 8000 (6pm-11pm)

• Newcastle-based free, friendly, confidential advice and support service for young people aged 13-25yrs also offer online counselling.