• The Golden Guide is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! The first edition was launched in 2006 in every corner of Northumberland by our four MPs and was a smash hit from day one!

    Chunky, handy, very readable and FREE the guide is packed with local information on Leisure, Health, Money, Care and Your Home. Updated every year it helps over 50s find practical support with health, financial or safety issues, as well as how to stay active, keep fit and keep in touch. It lists activities from computers, woodwork, writing or fitness groups to befriending schemes, support for carers and help at home. This year there are 6000 copies, special features inside and a brand new easy- to- use online version too.
    Editor Heather Alabaster says: ‘We’re delighted to have reached such a milestone! It’s a massive fundraising task to produce it every year— so I’d like to say a great big Thanks to everyone for reading it, using it and supporting it. And this is a very special issue— look out for extra features on Socialising, Staying Healthy, and Looking After Your Money—three topics the Golden Guide does best!’
    To get a copy, ring Age UK Northumberland’s Advice Line on 01670 784821 and they will post one out to you free. Copies are also being distributed by
    Northumbria Healthcare Trust Care teams, Library Branches, GP surgeries, Carers’ Northumberland, Citizens Advice Bureaux, Healthwatch, Royal Voluntary Service Centres, Wansbeck CVS, selected branches of Boots Pharmacies and many other outlets.

    For all enquiries please contact either: Heather Alabaster, 0191-386 5918, or email

  • 15 January 2015

    You're not alone

    The annual youth index survey from the Prince's Trust has found that more than 1 in 10 adolescents are suffering from severe anxiety.

    Results of the survey report that 13% of 16-25 year olds often feel too anxious to go outside, and unemployed young people in particular were more than twice as likely to be affected.

    Many young people will grow up with anxiety and not know how to manage the condition or who to turn to for help. The lack of support and understanding regarding mental health issues means that this problem will continue until there is a change in how sufferers are perceived and treated.

    Social anxiety is particularly apparent in young people but it is important to remember that anxiety can affect people in a variety of ways, for example through fear of own safety or losing a loved one. Some may be afraid to leave the house because they need to look after a parent, others may worry about things like paying bills and having enough food to eat.

    This recent survey reinforces the impact that a mental illness such as anxiety can have on a persons life, and Tyneside Mind will continue to support and spread awareness on mental health so that over time these staggering figures will be brought down. We believe this will happen once there is a wide spread understanding of mental illness and better care provided to those that are suffering in silence.

    If you think you may be suffering from anxiety or another mental health condition, do not hesitate to speak to Tyneside Mind, we will always be here to provide advice and support.

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