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Greening the Gap 2 - Summer 2018 update

Glorious weather has contributed to the successful delivery of Greening the Gap 2 by Mental Health North East and Muddy Boots, in partnership with the Stanley Area Action Partnership and Durham County Council Wellbeing team in Stanley. The scope of sessions offered to local people has been expanded and participants have been able to discover the fun of trying new activities.

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The 46 participants who have joined us over the last four weeks have been able to access holistic therapy, well-being activities, and guided walks through the countryside. The installation of a large polytunnel has enabled participants to plant and care for a range of plants, including cucamelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and aubergines. As these crop, participants will be able to harvest the crops they have cared for. Participants have also planted vegetables in large outdoor pots which can be taken home for harvesting later in the year.
In preparation for our 2019 programme an outdoor area has been cleared to create a wild flower meadow which we look forward to seeing in full bloom next spring and summer. This is particularly important to provide a natural environment for insects.
Participants have been able to make raised beds and work on creation of a strawberry mountain. Completion of these activities will be part of the exciting programme on offer later in the summer. 

Please contact us for more information.

Autumn/Winter Edition of our Bulletin

Welcome to the Autumn/Winter Edition of the MHNE Bulletin with its usual exciting
blend of news, articles and announcements. Thanks for the editing of this issue go to
Gareth Cooper as our previous voluntary editor Beth Boyd has been successful in obtaining
full-time work and, although continuing to volunteer with MHNE in a reduced
capacity, she will have to stand down from this role. So, many thanks and congratulations
to Beth, and thanks again to Gareth for agreeing to step in.

MHNE e-bulletin Autumn-November 2017


The team at Mental Health North East would like to give a big vote of thanks to the students of St Chads, Durham University for choosing to support MHNE as their charity of the year. The students organised a well-attended launch event which looked at how mental ill health affects us all and in particular young people. Following the launch a spectacular fashion show – all organised and executed by the students themselves – was held to raise further funds. Our representatives at the show were particularly impressed by the professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment of the students.

A special thanks to Izzy, Hetty and Philippa for heading the event and for the courtesy shown to the MHNE team throughout.

Service Users in Action project now recruiting volunteers

MHNE's Service Users in Action project is funded by Comic Relief, and over two years will recruit mental health service user participants across the North East who will develop and lead local campaigns.  

Volunteers will be recruited from people who use mental health services in order to help them engage with and influence decision-makers, hold them to account, work to combat discrimination, and provide a collective voice for people who are often excluded from decision-making processes. The project hopes to add value to existing service user groups by training users to engage with local decision-makers and representatives of local democracy.

They will be offered training to campaign, research the opinions of other users, work collaboratively, and learn how to influence and challenge decisions. This will empower participants and enable them to become 'opinion formers' and 'opinion communicators’. The volunteers will operate as a unit of 24 to provide a collective voice for mental health issues, gathering intelligence and information as to what is really happening at a local level, acting as a hub for issues of mental health related concern that can be communicated to power-brokers.

This will be of benefit to the local statutory sector as the volunteers will seek to engage with hard-to-reach groups, motivate others to engage and help to build community assets. It will also help to focus on the wider determinants of mental health such as employment and housing.

The training aspect of SUIA overlaps with another current MHNE project, “Speaking Up” a free 6-week course covering many of the areas described above – a flyer for Speaking Up can be found here.

We are currently recruiting for both projects - so if you or someone you know may be interested to find out more about Service Users in Action, or Speaking Up, please contact project co-ordinator Gareth Cooper, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 0191 4111962.

Service Users in Action is a joint project between MHNE, MHM, Launchpad and North East Together.

MNHE Young People's Group Reach Out Magazine Issue 3 (September 2014)

RONE 3 CoverIssue 3 of Reach Out North East (September 2014), our young people and mental health magazine, is out now!

Inside you will find real stories and articles written by MHNE youth team members, all young people in the region.

Along with features about anxiety, eating disorders and dementia in the family, there are tips on having good mental health and signposts to advice, help and support.

To sign up to receive future copies, to include an article in the next edition or to find out more contact Nav at MHNE: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0191 4928235.

Previous issues: If you missed them, here are Issue 1 and Issue 2 of Reach Out North East.