Berwick Spirituality and Recovery Group

This group, from Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust explores how spirituality can help recovery from mental health issues. The sessions are for people of all faiths and none.

The sessions take place at Northern Soul Cafe in Berwick upon Tweed, on the following Mondays between 2.00pm and 4.00pm:

28 October, 4, 11, 18 and 25 November

Attendance is free but please book a place in advance by calling: 01289 301301.




Dementia Friends Cramlington

Dementia Friends are helping Cramlington become a dementia friendly town with their Dementia Friends monthly coffee mornings.

During this year’s Dementia Action Week the Cramlington dementia working group and Manor Walks Shopping Centre joined forces and created a Thought Wall. Having reviewed all the comments received the group came up with the idea of a meeting place for carers, support workers, dementia friends and people living with the condition.

Coffee mornings will take place on the first Thursday of every month at Nando’s in Cramlington. It’s a great opportunity to meet people, find support and advice on living with dementia and also to discuss ideas to support the town in becoming dementia friendly.

Dementia Friends are on hand to give information and help suggest other available support services  – these things can make a huge difference when you or someone you know has dementia. The coffee morning aims to provide a safe and supportive place for you to:

  • Discuss your own dementia diagnosis, or someone else’s, and think about what it means for the future.
  • Speak to  Dementia Friends and discuss how to help make Cramlington a dementia friendly town.
  • Meet and learn from other people in similar situations.
  • Keep active, make new friends and feel more confident.

You can join in at Nando’s, Cramlington from 10.00am to12.00pm on the first Thursday of the month and everyone is welcome.

Find out more about support with dementia at our Dementia Page

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We had a 35% increase in responses to our annual survey this year; thank you for taking part. We had responses from all area of the county apart from just one or two postcodes. 64% of people said that overall, their experience of care services in the past 12 months had been good or excellent, whilst 13% described their experience as poor – a similar figure to last year. The main themes to emerge are:

  • GPs – many favourable comments but appointments are still a concern, in terms of availability rather than the process of getting them.
  • Communication within and between services causes concern across all services
  • Fewer concerns reported about Patient Transport than last year
  • GP services and mental health services remain a priority for people
  • Some concerns around access to services

A full report will be available soon.

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Shout: New Text Service Launched

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A new text service has been launched today which supports people who need advice in a difficult moment. Shout is the UK’s first free 24 hour text service for anyone in crisis.  It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

Trained volunteers provide help when it is most needed to take people from crisis to calm and to then finder longer term support.

As this is a text service, it is both private and silent, meaning it can be used at any time, anywhere – at home, at school, on the bus.

This new service was launched by the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex as a legacy of the Heads Together Foundation.

Watch what he has to say here.


You can find more mental health information and our mental health webpage


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Mental Health Crisis and Emergency Care

Have you used the emergency care department at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital when you or the person you care for has experienced a mental health crisis? If so, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust would like to hear from you.
They hope to better understand what it feels like to be a patient attending emergency care in a crisis.

If you feel there is something to be learnt from your experience that may improve patient care, please get in touch with the Patient Experience Team – all feedback is welcome – good or bad, big or small, and will remain confidential.

Get in Touch

Contact Faye Gates, Senior Patient Experience Coordinator at: or call: 0191 293 4360 or 0191 293 4326.

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NHS Trust launches Winter Wellness Campaign

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, (NTW), which provides mental health and disability services and support across the North East, has a launched a winter wellness campaign to address loneliness and distress this Christmas.

The trust is aiming to reach young men who might not otherwise be aware of where they can go for help, and wants to spread the word to everyone that no matter how negative a situation may seem, help is at hand. The trust is sending information leaflets and posters to locations across the North East, including GP surgeries, libraries, universities, job centres and sports clubs.

In the UK men remain three times more likely to take their own lives than women, and in 2017 there were 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The North East is the region with the highest suicide rate in the UK.

Karen O’Rourke, NTW’s Patient Information Manager said: “Christmas and New Year can be one of the most fun times of year but for many this can also be a lonely, stressful or worrying time. We want to send the message that people don’t have to feel like this, and we hope that our publicity campaign will make it easier for people to seek out the help and support which is available.”

Speaking to someone about how you feel can help. Psychological Wellbeing Services are for adults finding it difficult to cope, feel low, anxious, stressed, worried or are not sleeping. You can call direct in Northumberland on: 0300 3030 700.

If you need urgent help with your mental health or learning disability you can get in touch with the Initial Response service. This is open for anyone to call, 24 hours a day: 0303 123 1146.

If you or another person have been harmed or are at immediate risk you may require an emergency response – call 999.

The Samaritans are there to listen 24 hours a day on: 116 123.

NTW also has a selection of self-help guides that are available online in a range of formats, including British Sign Language. The guides are available at, or can be requested in a printed format by calling the Patient Information Centre on 0191 246 7288 or emailing

For more information on mental health support visit our mental health page.

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Insight Report – Young People’s Mental Health Services

This report shares the insights from Healthwatch Northumberland’s on-going work to understand the different mental health services available for young people and the barriers they may face in using them.

Using the combined evidence from young people themselves and professionals in the statutory and voluntary sectors our aim is to highlight good practice and promote positive solutions to the commissioners and providers.

Read the full report here.

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Tell us your story about mental health during pregnancy

We want to know more about you or your partner’s experience of mental health support when planning to get pregnant, during pregnancy, at the birth of your child and afterwards.

Share your views

Did you know?

As many as one in five pregnant women and new mums experience some form of mental health challenge. Partners can also be affected, with one charity estimating that 1 in 3 new dads are concerned about their mental health.

Why we want your views

The NHS is spending more money on maternal mental health support but we want to know if this is making a difference. We want to know whether services are doing everything they can to support people with mental health challenges during or after pregnancy to ensure the whole family is supported. You can help by sharing your experience or encouraging anyone you know who might be affected to complete our short survey.

Take five minutes to share your story – complete the survey. You can also find out more about how Healthwatch plans to tackle mental health over the next few years.

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Tyneside and Northumberland Mind – Safe Space

What is Safe Space?

The Safe Space service from Tyneside and Northumberland Mind will help to improve your mental health and wellbeing by providing you with an opportunity to join a supportive peer group where you can meet others who have mental health issues who may be able to help you from their own experiences. By attending the service you could reduce the time you may spend on our own and build your social confidence by meeting others and develop friendships.

Friendly, supportive staff in the group can offer you one to one support if you need it. You can attend regularly to help lessen loneliness or drop by as and when you feel the need.


Where and when?

Safe Space currently takes place on:


Monday: 2.00pm – 4:30pm at The Wellbeing Centre, Bensham

Tuesday: 1.00pm – 3.00pm at North Shields Library

Tuesday: 1.00pm – 3.00pm at Mea House, Newcastle

Wednesday: 12:30pm – 2:30pm at our Alnwick base (above the Mind charity shop)

Wednesday: 1.00pm – 3.00pm at Hexham Abbey

1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month: 11:30am – 1:30pm at the William Elder building, Berwick upon Tweed

Friday: 11:00am – 1.30pm at the Winlaton Centre, Winlaton


Will it cost me anything?

Safe Space is free; there is just a small charge for tea and coffee.

Nervous about attending?

It’s perfectly natural to feel anxious about joining a new group. There’s no need to be. Staff and clients are very welcoming, supportive and will make sure they help to put you at ease.

I am interested. What next?

If you are aged over 18 years old, live in North Tyneside, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside or Northumberland, and would like to request a referral form for any of our wellbeing projects please send your details or telephone 0191 477 4545

Cygnus Support Camper Van

Join the Campervan for a Cuppa and a Chat

Cygnus Support is a mental health charity supporting people in Northumberland through supportive talking therapies, education and empowerment. They are out and about in the community this month, to find out what it feels like to live in a rural community, and to see how its services can provide support to those who need it near to where they live. The Campervan will be open for a cuppa and a chat as follows:

Mon 16 July: Otterburn, 10am, Rochester, 12pm, Byrness, 2pm, Kirkwhelpington, 4pm

Tue 17 July: Ingram, 10am, Wooler, 12pm, Milfield, 2pm, Kirknewton, 4pm

Wed 18 July: Rothbury, 10am, Harbottle, 12pm, Alwinton, 2pm, Alnham, 4pm

Thu 19 July: West Woodburn, 10am, Bellingham, 12pm, Greenhaugh, 2pm, Falstone, 3pm, Kielder, 4pm

Call Cygnus Support on: 01670 853977 for more information.


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Alzheimers Drop-in Session March

Are you worried about your memory? Come and have an informal chat with a dementia adviser at one of the new monthly drop-ins at Cafe @ Burn Lane at Adapt (NE) in Hexham. The drop-ins take place on the first Monday of the month, between 11.00am and 1.00pm.

For more information call: 01434 607318 or email:

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Alzheimers Drop-in Session February

Are you worried about your memory? Come and have an informal chat with a dementia adviser at one of the new monthly drop-ins at Cafe @ Burn Lane at Adapt (NE) in Hexham. The drop-ins take place on the first Monday of the month, between 11.00am and 1.00pm.

For more information call: 01434 607318 or email:

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Mental Health Day Northumberlandia Walk

Celebrate World Mental Health Day by joining Talking Matters Northumberland’s ‘Being Active Matters‘ walk at Northumberlandia, Cramlington, on 10 October this year.

Numerous studies have shown the beneficial effects of sport and exercise on mental wellbeing. Regular physical activity can improve mood, lift self-esteem and reduce stress. Very often people lack the confidence and motivation to make that first step, and that is where Being Active Matters comes in to offer invaluable support, to help connect volunteers and people who want to get more active.

Everyone is welcome – whether you are interested in volunteering or you would just like to know more about the scheme.

Refreshments are available afterwards at The Parlour, Blagdon.

If you would like to attend please contact: or

For mental health resources and local support please see our Your Health pages.





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Glendale Mental Health Forum

The Glendale Mental Health Forum is a chance to hear from key speakers about emerging issues. Taking place at The Cheviot Centre on Friday 28 September from 5pm – 7pm, speakers for this first meeting will be:

  • Paul Nicol – Nursing and Chief Operating Officer and Patient and Carer Involvement Facilitator (Northumberland and Tyneside) at St George’s hospital in Morpeth
  • Angela Hara  – Development Counsellor for Cygnus Support
  • Stephanie Golder – ReVoc Project Lead and Northumberland Development Worker for Tyneside and Northumberland Mind

For more information please contact Jane Pannell on: 01289 388321 or email:

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Time to Change Champions Event

This event is hosted by Cygnus Support and is a chance to find out more about Time to Change, mental health charity, in Northumberland.


Do you want to make a difference?

Do you believe mental health should have the same importance as physical health?

Can you talk about your own experience?

Do you want to live in a Mentally Healthy Community?

If the answer is yes please come along for an informal chat and find out how.



  • Share what you are doing / going to do to challenge stigma
  • Network and meet like-minded people
  • Share campaigning ideas


Please email: if you would like to attend.

For more information on mental health and local support visit our ‘your health‘ page.