Self-care: staying healthy and well

Drinking alcohol to manage or cope with difficult emotions

Many people will be finding the current situation stressful and some people will be drinking alcohol more often or more heavily. However, when this becomes a pattern it can be harmful, both to our mental and physical health.

Daily routines will have changed, which also might make it hard to keep on top of how much we’re drinking.  If you’re worried about your drinking getting out of hand, there are tools available to help you keep track, please click here. If you think you may be at risk of withdrawal symptoms, please click here

Accessing drug and alcohol services

North Tyneside Recovery Partnership (NTRP) is our local Drug and Alcohol treatment service. NTRP provide essential support to people who may be misusing, or be dependent on, drugs or alcohol.

People who misuse or are dependent on drugs and/or alcohol may be at increased risk of becoming infected with coronavirus and infecting others.  They may also be more vulnerable to the impact of infection with the virus due to underlying health conditions.

During the pandemic NTRP are continuing to provide a service to existing clients, new referrals are still being accepted and, in accordance with national guidance, assessments are being carried out via the telephone (although face to face appointments can be offered for high risk clients).

More information can be found here and telephone lines remain open, and the service can be contacted on 0191 240 8122. Operating hours are Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

North Tyneside Sexual Health Services

In line with the latest Government advice to prevent COVID-19 transmission, people should only have sexual contact – including with their regular partner – if they live within the same household. You should stay 2m away from everyone who is not part of your household.

North Tyneside Sexual Health Service is provided by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and offers free and confidential sexual health services for anyone aged 13 and over. More informarion can be found on their website here.

They provide information advice and support on contraception, screening and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), pregnancy decision making called ‘Options’, counselling and education.

They are there to listen, not to tell. They don’t judge, and services are confidential for people of all ages, gender and sexual preference.

Please note: in line with the national guidance they are offering a reduced service. There are no walk-in services available. Telephone lines remain open during operating hours (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm) where a triage service is available.

Our One to One Centres at Shiremoor and Morpeth will operate Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm only (there will be no Saturday clinics). Outreach clinics are closed until further notice.

Telephone number: 0191 297 0441