Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust is not responsible for the accuracy of any information or advice provided by these organisations. 

If you are a family member or care for someone with a mental health problem or learning disability, you might like to access our support for familes and carers page,   

Alcohol misuse

  • Alcohol Concern  The national agency on alcohol misuse campaigning for effective alcohol policy and improved services for people whose lives are affected by alcohol-related problems.


  • Anxiety UK (formerly National Phobics Society)  Provides information on anxiety, phobias and OCD. 
  • Triumph over Phobia  Information on anxiety, panic and OCD.  



  • Carers UK Information and advice on all aspects of caring
    • Carers UK Adviceline, telephone 0808 808 7777 or email adviceline@carersuk.org, provides free and confidential expert advice on:  benefits and tax credits, carers employment rights, carers' assessments, the service available for carers, and how to complain effectively and challenging decisions.
    • Looking after someone is Carers UK's guide to carers' rights and benefits.  Carers can order a free copy by calling 0808 808 7777 or visiting www.carersuk.org.
  • Carers Direct  The NHS Choices website online resource for carers, including guidance on the different stages of caring, claiming benefits, help for young carers and advice for keeping fit and healthy.
  • Carers Federation  Supports carers and the people for whom they care by providing a wide range of services and useful information.
  • The Children's Society  Information about young carers' projects around the UK and the Include programme, supporting young carers and their families. 
  • Department for Children, Schools and Families  Responsible for children's services, families, schools, 14-19 education and the Respect Taskforce.  
  • Department of Health  Providing health and social care policy, guidance and publications for NHS and social care professionals.  
  • Directgov  An excellent online source of information on benefits and pensions.
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission  The Equality Act 2010 that came into force in October 2010 means that employers and providers of goods and services must not treat carers less favourably than those without caring responsibilities.    
  • Parental mental illness: support for children  Information from the Royal College of Psychiatrists for parents, carers and anyone who works with young people. 
  • Rethink carer support  Offers a number of specialist services across the country for carers of people with severe mental illness. They also provide more than 138 groups which meet regularly to give carers and people with severe mental illness a support network in their local area.
  • The Princess Royal Trust for Carers  The largest provider of comprehensive support services in the UK, providing quality information, advice and support services.  
  • Who cares?  Information and support for carers of people with dementia  This Department of Health booklet for carers gives information about dementia, caring for someone with dementia and the help available to carers.  The 2007 version is currently being revised and is out of print but is available to download on the Department of Health website.  
  • YCnet  The Princess Royal Trust for Carers site for young carers.

Children and young people

Debt and mental health

  • No debt problems are unsolvable. It mightn't be easy or quick, but there's always a route. When mental health problems are involved, some special solutions apply. A free, 40-page booklet, supported by Mind, Rethink, CAPUK and others is available for people with mental ill health, their families and carers. It covers how to handle debts when unwell, work with banks, free debt counselling, specific tips for bipolar or depression sufferers, whether to declare a condition and more. Click here to read the 'Mental Health and Debt' booklet on the Money Saving Expert website.


  • Alzheimer's Research UK    Information on the different types of dementia, their symptoms and the treatments available.  This includes the latest understanding on how dementia is caused as well as advice on reducing the risk of developing dementia, living with dementia and caring for someone with dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s Society  The UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia and those who care for them.
  • Lewy Body Society The only charity in Europe exclusively concerned with dementia with Lewy bodies. Their website provides support and information to those who suffer from the disease, their carers and families.
  • Supporting someone living with dementia  This booklet, produced by NHS Choices, Social Care and Alzheimer's Society, provides some useful background information about dementia, advice on what to expect and some practical tips on how to help.   


Dual diagnosis

  • Progress  This website was developed by the National Consortium of Consultant Nurses in Dual Diagnosis and Substance Misuse.  It aims to provide good quality information for individuals who have a dual diagnosis, their families and carers, and health and social care workers providing support and treatment. 

Eating disorders

Learning disabilities

  • Down’s Syndrome Association  Aims to help people with Down's syndrome to live full and rewarding lives. 
  • About learning disabilities for information and advice. 
  • British Institute for People with Learning Disabilities is a national organisation providing consultancy, training and action research.
  • Care Quality Commission is the government body responsible for regulating health and social care services.
  • Challenging Behaviour Foundation produces information and training resources, raises awareness of and promotes the interests of people whose behaviour challenges services. 
  • Clear offers training and consultancy in making information easy to understand.  Clear is a social firm which employs people with learning disabilities and speech and language therapists.
  • Department of Health for information on learning disability policy documents and consultations about proposed legislation which affect people with learning disabilities.
  • Easyhealth has lots of excellent and accessible information resources, including pictures.
  • Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities provides information, publications, workshops, conferences and funds research. 
  • Hands off my plan! is the website of a self organised group of people with learning disabilities who explain how it feels to be on the receiving end. 
  • Learning Disability Coalition is a group of organisations who campaign about funding and other related things which affect people with learning disabilities and their families.
  • Mencap is a national voluntary organisation which promotes the interests of people with learning disabilities and their families.
  • National Autistic Society promotes the interests of people with autism.
  • National forum for people with learning disabilities is the national user group of people with learning disabilities which was set up by government when the Valuing People policy was introduced in 2001.
  • Norah Fry Research Centre, based at Bristol University, undertakes research on social and health policy which affects people with learning disability.
  • Phoebe Caldwell is an author and consultant who specialises in issues around communication with people who don't use words and are hard to reach. 
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists includes information on learning disabilities.  
  • Valuing People Now is the Government's three-year strategy (big plan) to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families.
  • It covers all aspects of life, including health, housing, getting a paid job, personalisation, transition, advocacy, hate crime and relationships.

Mental health  

  • Mental Health Foundation  The website of the Mental Health Foundation outlines the charity’s work in research, policy, service development and service user involvement. The website offers information and publications to download on research, good practice in services and on mental health problems and key issues.
  • Mental Health Research Network helps researchers recruit people willing to take part in trials and studies through NHS services. It also works to involve people with experience of mental health problems, their family members and mental health professionals as advisors on research projects.
  • Mind  The leading mental health charity in England and Wales working to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress.  
  • NHS Choices  Conditions and treatments by subject. 
  • NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence)  Mental health and behavioural conditions information.  
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists  Mental health information, including information in 14 languages.  
  • Rethink  Specialist advisers deal with enquiries from people affected by severe mental illness, including friends, families and carers.  They provide a wide range of advice covering medication, treatment, legal rights, debt issues, welfare benefits, housing and community care.  National Information and Advice Service telephone 0845 456 0455.    
  • SANE  A national mental health charity that provides information and emotional support to anyone affected by mental illness via the helpline, SANEline and by email, SANEmail.  

Older people

  • Age UK  Aims to improve later life for everyone through information and advice, campaigns, products, training and research.   


  • Am I normal?  Hearing voices or feeling paranoid?  Early intervention in psychosis website for information and help.  
  • Hearing Voices Network  Offers information and support to people who hear voices, as well as friends, relatives and carers.
  • Mental health care  New website for family, friends and carers of people with psychosis, launched by the Institute of Psychiatry, South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust and Rethink.  It explains mental health terms, provides information about medication and other treatments and sets out how mental health services work. 

Substance misuse

  • Talk to Frank  Confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day. 


Survivors of abuse

  • NAPAC  The National Association for People Abused in Childhood is a registered charity providing support and information for people abused in childhood.
  • Survivors UK  The UK's only charity providing information, support and counselling to survivors of male sexual abuse. 
  • Women’s Aid  National domestic violence charity that co-ordinates and supports over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country.


  • Hearing voices network  Information, support and understanding to people who hear voices and those who support them.
  • Broken Rainbow UK  Confidential support to all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities, their family and friends. 
  • NSPCC  Provide ChildLine, as well as the NSPCC helpline service for adults.
  • Victim support  Free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales.
  • Women's Aid  A network of over 350 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK.

Work and mental h ealth

  • The Work and Mental Health website, launched by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, offers information and guidance about returning to work after a period of mental ill-health.   The online resource is divided into four main parts, and is aimed at workers, carers, employers and clinicians.


  • Choice and Medication  Offers people information about medications used in the mental health setting to help them make informed decisions. 
  • Citizens Advice  Provide free, confidential and independent advice on a wide range of subjects, including benefits and debt advice.  Find your local branch via the website.       
  • Cruse Bereavement Care  Where bereavement has been a particular problem Cruse can offer a counselling and befriending service.  
  • Department of Health  Providing health and social care policy, guidance and publications for NHS and social care professionals.    
  • Directgov  The official government website for citizens providing easy access to public services and information. 
  • The Handbook to the NHS Constitution for England.  This handbook is designed to give NHS staff and patients all the information they need about the NHS Constitution for England. It outlines the roles we all have to play in protecting and developing the NHS and will help you understand our rights, pledges, values and responsibilities. A summary of the handbook is also available.  
  • Health Information Resources (formerly National Library for Health) aims to be the 'best, most trusted health related knowledge service in the world'.    
  • Multikulti  Accessible, accurately translated information in community languages in the following areas:  debt, employment, health, education, immigration, racism and discrimination.  
  • Samaritans  Provides confidential, non judgemental emotional support 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.