Washington Mind Young People’s Project offer 1-1 counselling and groupwork for young people aged 11+ 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 a counselling appointment please make contact with us via telephone, text or email.

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.

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


is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything.

Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.

Kooth, from XenZone

is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop.


We’re the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. We will make sure all young people get the best possible mental health.

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.

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: ypp@washingtonmind.org.uk or phone on: 0191 417 8043

Useful Links

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 now.

You're Not Alone

You’re not Alone is an online wellbeing resource formed in Sunderland as part of our Young People’s Project. Their purpose is to support and encourage young people in their engagement with creativity as a self-help tool, especially when experiencing loneliness. They want to celebrate the strength of young people by recognising the difficult conditions they are currently experiencing, by acknowledging everyone’s individual experiences of loneliness and showcasing how resourceful they truly are.

In December 2020, we developed a creative self-help booklet. Click here to find out more.

Click here to visit the project’s website now to find out more and get involved.

Mental Health Zine Library (MHZL)

The Mental Health Zine Library will be a mobile pop up library and archive, developed with young people, exclusively for DIY publishing on the theme of mental health and all that includes.

Based at Washington Mind, The Life House, the collection will contain zines and publications from creators across the country who have shared their work with us. A small archive, it will stand as a pop up feature and, when stock grows, will be a mobile stall at events, art spaces, schools and workshops.

There will be a catalogue of the publications on the MHZL website where you can also find info on events, cool additions to the library, features and information on how to submit your own zines to the collection.

Click here to find out more and keep up to date with developments of the project.

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 Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm-6:30pm at The Life House, Grasmere Terrace, Columbia, Washington, NE387LP 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 ypp@washingtonmind.org.uk

Click here to download our poster.

strangethings? Zine

strange things? Zine, is an Sunderland-based Zine (a zine is a small circulation, DIY publications) that encourages people to use creativity as a self care tool which we worked in partnership with young people to develop, to make sure we kept a focus on mental wellbeing, and we’ve produced some collections of creative work over the years such as Closure, Loneliness and Progress (which you can flick through here).

We’ve been making zines and running creative workshops with young people in our area since 2017.

Click here to visit our Twitter page to find out more and keep up to date with the Zine.

Creative Workshops

Are you 11-13 years old and looking for something to do this summer?

We are running free creative workshops in August for you to come along and try some creative activities!

Sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm across August on the following dates:

  • 9th
  • 16th
  • 23rd
  • 30th

Want to know more, or looking to sign up? Click here to download our poster, and to sign up, send an email to: ypp@washingtonmind.org.uk.

Teenage Market

Teenage Market from Washington Mind Young People’s Project and Poprecs

Join Washington Mind’s Young People’s Project and Poprecs for the launch of the Sunderland Teenage Market, a celebration of Sunderland’s young talent.

There will be live music and young entrepeneurs running their own market stalls.

The market will launch on 16th July 2022 from 11am-2pm at Poprecs, 172-175 High Street West, Sunderland, SR11UP, after the launch, the market will run every third Saturday of the month.

There are still stall available for young entrepreneurs to run on the day!

To find out more about the market, or holding a stall, click on our posters above, or visit:
– Sunderland Teenage Market Facebook 
– Sunderland Teenage Market Instagram
– Or send an email to: sunderlandteenagemarket@gmail.com.