Young People’s Project – WASP

Sunderland Mind are closed from 24/03/2020 at 3pm.

Don’t worry, the WASP team are still busy working from home to provide as much support for our young people as possible.

If you need to contact us, we are available Monday – Friday between 10am and 2pm. Any messages left will be answered as soon as we can.

Our Young People’s phone number is 07984595624

We will also be posting lots across our social media platforms and are keen to see what you are all up to. Make sure you keep in touch with us on:

Facebook & Instagram: sunderlandwasp
Twitter: waspand

If you feel you need urgent help and we are not available please contact Sunderland Initial Response Team (IRT) on 0303 123 1145
The service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, throughout the year.

Further support can be found on our Crisis Help page –  or by contacting

Make sure to stay safe during these difficult times 💫

WASP – Wellbeing Action Support Project

WASP (Wellbeing Action Support Project) is Sunderland Mind’s young people’s project; our aim is to build resilience, confidence and self-esteem with young people across the city. We work with anyone aged from 7 years old to 18 years old, delivering the services outlined below. The information below highlights the support we can currently offer however, we continue to identify services that best support young people, parents and staff. If you would like any further information or would like to discuss the cost of these services please do not hesitate to contact the team on 0191 5657218, 07984595624 or email

What We Do

Junior Session – 7 – 10 year olds:

Our 7-10s group enables us to provide young people of primary school age with an awareness of what mental health is as well as improve their resilience by working with them to better understand their own emotions and general wellbeing. By helping them to better understand how they feel and the impact their feelings might have on their actions we can allow them a greater sense of control and confidence that provides them with the resilience required to make the smoothest possible transition to secondary school and beyond

Thursday 4pm – 5:30pm                   Cost – Free

Youth Session – 11 – 18 year olds:

The number of young people struggling with ill mental health is on the rise. Our 11-18s group provides a safe space for young people where we facilitate honest discussions about what’s going on in their lives and how we can support one another to overcome issues we are currently facing. While the direction of the groups is organic and very much young people-oriented, the facilitators always have an intended outcome for every session, whether that is better understanding how we might experience low mood or anxiety, or simply how to increase our life satisfaction by challenging low self-esteem and confidence.

Ideally, those who engage in the long-term with the group will go on to overcome their biggest challenges and then support their peers who are themselves struggling.

Thursday 5pm – 6:30pm                   Cost – Free

 Just A Minute:

Just A Minute is our new listening ear service. This service offers young people the opportunity to speak to a member of the team in a 1:1 setting where they can share any concerns they may have or talk about things that may be troubling them. This is not a counselling session; it is a safe space place for young people to talk about worries and hopefully deal with them before they become a more serious issue that will require counselling. An appointment can be made by contacting the team on 0191 5657218 or email This service is also available to parents who would like to speak to a member of staff regarding any concerns or struggles they may have.

Cost – Free

Parent Support Group:

Parenting is difficult regardless of anyone’s circumstances. Add to that the difficulties of raising a child with any kind of issue, or the difficulties of a parent with any kind of issue trying to raise a child, and the struggle can be immense. Through our work in other programs, it has become clear how important it is that there is support available to parents that are struggling with their own mental health, their child’s mental health, or both. Our parent support group provides the safe space that is needed for any parent, regardless of whether there is a metal health issue or not, to express their frustrations and struggles with life or to get advice if they need it

Cost Free

School based Activities:

We offer a number of activities within schools across Sunderland, listed below. If you would like more information contact Leigh Ann Thomson on 0191 5657218 or email

Peer Mentor Training

Teacher Training

Parent Training

Lunchtime Drop-in sessions

Just A Minute (Listening Ear Service)

For further information about this project or about joining our team contact Leigh Ann Thomson on 0191 5657218, 07984595624 or