What is Safe Space?

The Safe Space Service 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 your 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 to.

Where and when?

Safe Space currently takes place on:

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

Monday, 2pm - 4:30pm at The Wellbeing Centre, Bensham

Tuesday, 1pm - 3pm at North Shields Library

Tuesday, 1pm - 3pm at Mea House, Newcastle

Wednesday, 1pm - 3pm at Hexham Abbey

1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 11:00am - 1:00pm 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 us your details or telephone 0191 477 4545.

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    The service could be for you if you are aged over 18 years old, live in North Tyneside, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside or Northumberland, and feel like you could do with some support because of poor mental health.

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    Any information you give about yourself will be treated in the strictest of confidence and only the staff involved in the services will have access to the information on referral forms.

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Real stories…

  • Mind has helped to build my confidence and supported me to gain a greater understanding of other issues affecting mental health. Thanks to my new found confidence, I've been able to support new members in the Safe Space until they feel comfortable to talk to others.

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