• Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Award

    Anne-Marie Ianzito, Coordinator of Blue Light at Tyneside and Northumberland Mind, attended the Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Awards 2017 event in London as representing Tyneside and Northumberland Mind's workplace wellbeing work:

    "This was a very exciting evening in which radio, entertainment, journalism/student journalism, drama, publications, news/current affairs, soaps, films, digital champions, and documentaries were celebrated in terms of their accurate, sensitive, and anti-stigmatising portrayal of mental health in the media. The event also celebrated inspiring people with lived experience, such as Bryony Gordon (author of Mad World) who challenge the status quo and bring their own mental health struggles out into the open. Highlights of the evening were listening to Paul Farmer, Mind CEO, Stephen Fry and Fearne Cotton, Mind Ambassadors, and Prince Harry who has recently has influenced millions with sharing of his own mental health struggles in the Heads Together campaign."

    Prince Harry presented the Speaking Out Award at the event celebrating the very best reporting and portrayals of mental health in the media. To know more about the award winners, click HERE.

  • The Great North Run 2017
    The Great North Swim 2017

    We have been lucky enough to buy more places in the Great North Run and the Great North Swim this year giving us a much bigger team than in previous years. If you want to secure your place, please download and complete the forms below for the event of your choice and return it by Friday 1st December.

    If you participate to these events, we will provide you with:

    • A fundraising and training pack.
    • A running vest/t-shirt and iron on name letters.
    • A personal online sponsorship page with which can be e-mailed to colleagues, friends and family.
    • Fundraising support from Tyneside and Northumberland Mind community fundraising team.
    • Publicity, support and advice from Tyneside and Northumberland Mind.
    • Cheers from all the Tyneside and Northumberland Mind supporters along the way!

    I want to participate to the Great North Run

    The Great North Run is the country’s largest half marathon and this is your opportunity to take part in it and support the UK’s leading mental health charity. It will take place on 9th September 2018.

    We’ve got 25 places for this amazing event. If you want to secure a place for the Great North Run, please download this application form:
    Great North Run application form

    I want to participate to the Great North Swim

    The Great North Swim will take place on 8-10 June 2018 at Brockhole on Windermere for a fantastic weekend of open water swimming in the stunning Lake District.

    We’ve got 5 places for the 1 mile distance. If you want to secure a place for the Great North Swim, please download this application form:
    Great North Swim application form

    If you have any questions about these events, please feel free to contact us:

  • Paul Heeley

    Paul Heeley, Headteacher at Amble Links First School, has kindly accepted to share with you his view on the Northumberland Supporting Families Project:

    “I am writing in praise of the support that has been provided to families at my school by Tyneside and Northumberland Mind. At a point where, as a school, we were a little lost as to what further help we could offer families requiring support through Early Help Services having been stepped down from Children's Services Involvement, Tyneside and Northumberland Mind was recommended as an option.

    Following a very simple referral, we were put in touch with a worker who quickly took on cases, built strong relationships with parents and children and was able to make regular visits to homes in order to support families in areas where it was most needed. Targeting the areas of family life that were often the root cause of issues presented in school proved beneficial in supporting improvements for the children in question through improved attendance, better liaison between home and school and signposting to other available services where necessary. The detailed assessment made by the worker proved valuable in supporting future referrals to other services.

    Parents who have worked with Tyneside and Northumberland Mind have been seen to improve their engagement levels with school and have been more confident to discuss home issues that are affecting their children in school, allowing for more relevant interventions to be put in place.

    This service has been invaluable to us in providing an insight into home life that a school does not readily have access to as well as whole family support service that deals with the impact of mental health issues on all involved.”

    We need you to maintain the Northumberland Supporting Families Project in 2018. You can help us to win a fund by voting on the Aviva Community Fund website:

    Vote now


    If you need any help to vote for us, please download this quick guide (link to our project included):
    4 steps guide to vote on Aviva Community Fund website

  • Northumberland County Council
    Caption: Partner of the Northumberland Supporting Families Project

    Helen Lancaster, Supporting Families Operations Coordinator, Northumberland County Council, gives you some insights about the Northumberland Supporting Families Project and why you should vote for us with the Aviva Community Fund.

    “Tyneside and Northumberland Mind specialise in working with families where there are mental health issues; they provide a whole family package of support, undertaking a detailed assessment and coordinating services to deliver a whole family plan. They work with families with a range of different issues including school attendance, financial exclusion and domestic violence to name a few. In each case they are able to evidence a good level of engagement and evidence improvement around mental health issues, and this was supported by the data available to us as commissioners.

    They have continued to show a commitment to providing quality family support, as well as providing specialist advice to colleagues across the North area of the county. In addition, we have seen evidence of creative work to engage families and meet their individual needs, including involving family members in other projects they run.

    Based on the commitment and performance of this organisation I would have no hesitation in supporting them in this Aviva Community Fund campaign and would encourage people to support this worthy project.”


    Vote now


    If you need any help to vote for us, please download this quick guide (link to our project included): 
    4 steps guide to vote on Aviva Community Fund website

  • If there was one word to sum up how it felt to complete Boot the Blues 2017, it would be this one... PROUD. Other words that spring to mind are elated, relieved, contented, and buzzing. Boot the Blues was a labour of love and passion for me as the main organiser, and the event was a long time in the planning stages before it was ready to become a charity fundraising reality.

    Being completely new to event organising and fundraising volunteering for Tyneside and Northumberland Mind, I didn’t really fully know what to expect, and truthfully questioned myself at times, pondering exactly what I’d taken on and whether or not I’d achieve it. But every challenge, obstacle, or change of plan while organising this event was well worth it. Why? Because of the thrill of meeting the new hikers at the beginning of each day; because of the smile that would form on my face every time a kind stranger approached our group and thoughtfully added coins and notes in the donation pots we carried, because of the adrenaline/euphoria/endorphin cocktail that exploded in my brain every time we climbed up and reached the top of a hill and were rewarded with those stunning views, because of the laughs we had; the way we supported and encouraged each other throughout, and because of the warm glow I had, and still have, reflecting on everything team Boot the Blues has achieved!

    Hiking, or any kind of physical exercise, is very much a mind/body thing. The physical act of moving our bodies wakes our brains up, stimulating the happy hormones in our brains. I found that when walking, I felt near to tears a lot of the time, but it definitely wasn’t because I wasn’t enjoying it. Quite the opposite. I LOVED it! But I believe the hike was so beneficial for me and my mental health in giving me the time and space to process difficult feelings I was harbouring at that time. The physical activity of the hike seemed to free up my emotions, allowing me the space to rejiggle all the mixed up jigsaw pieces of my thoughts, memories and feelings, so life began to make sense again. Not that long before the hike, I suffered a relapse with my own mental health and there was a time where, due to my vulnerability, I wondered if I’d be well enough to take part, but with support, I did it! and I’m so proud that I did it, because I felt so empowered and strong afterwards for having beaten my inner demons. It’s my belief that nothing easy is worth doing, and all the most rewarding things in life require effort. All our efforts definitely paid off financially, and we were fortunate enough to raise 89% of our JustGiving target, which so far stands at £2216.74! All in aid of Alnwick Safe Space group.

    Boot the Blues, as the name suggests, was a hike for positive mental health; good for us, and good for the mental health of the people Tyneside and Northumberland Mind is here to support. And that is exactly why we want Boot the Blues to continue in 2018 and beyond. We have already planned in provisional dates for Boot the Blues 2018, so to support Tyneside and Northumberland Mind and apply for your fundraising/hike registration pack please contact me, Imani Summer (Fundraising volunteer & Boot the Blues event organiser) on

    If you would like to donate, our Just Giving page is linked here.

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