On this page catch up on all the latest news on MHNE's activities,


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.


‘Naturally Connected is a new project being developed by SHAID, Durham Wildlife Trust and Mental Health North East. It’s aim is to tackle loneliness within our community by harnessing the skills and enthusiasm of local people to support one another. The outdoors and local greenspaces is the common bond bringing together people who feel lonely or disconnected from community activity. We would like to hear your views on how best to take this idea forward. Please complete the survey using this link 

Greening the Gap Gets Going

The first session of the Greening the Gap project started on Monday 18th February ’17 at Muddy Boots Ltd, Causey with a session on how important trees were for the environment and in particular for humans and other animals. This was followed by a walk in the dene to identify trees from their twigs and then an actual tree planting sessions. Participants were kept warm with hot chocolate, broth and sandwiches and did an excellent job in creating a hedgerow. The session met the project’s aims of improving well being and knowledge at the same time.

Despite the wind it was a thoroughly enjoyable session, the next session is fully booked but anyone wanting information or to book a place on future sessions should contact Rose at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This project is funded by Awards for All , Big Lottery Fund and is a joint venture between Mental Health North East and Muddy Boots. Trees were provided by The Woodland Trust

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Mentally Sound Radio Show podcasts

Podcasts 1-15 of our award winning Mentally Sound Radio Show are available to listen to here:

Mentally Sound is a fantastically lively, informative, challenging, engaging and entertaining show featuring a variety of interviews, news, features, debate, comedy, poetry, discussion, drama and music around the theme of mental health with contributors from all walks of life.

MSound7a ItunesArchive (also available to subscribe on iTunes):

PODCAST OF SHOW 1 (March 2015) AT:

PODCAST OF SHOW 2 (April 2015) AT:

PODCAST OF SHOW 3 (May 2015) AT:

PODCAST OF SHOW 4 (June 2015) AT:

PODCAST OF SHOW 5 (July 2015) AT:

PODCAST OF SHOW 6 (August 2015) AT:

PODCAST OF SHOW 7 (September 2015) AT:

PODCAST OF SHOW 8 (October 2015) AT:

PODCAST OF SHOW 9 (November 2015) AT:

PODCAST OF SHOW 10 (December 2015) AT:

PODCAST OF SHOW 11 (January 2016) AT :

Mentally Sound is part of the Mental Health North East / MHM project "Service Users in Action", supported by Launchpad, and North East Together, and funded by Comic Relief.  The show won a Mind Marsh Award for Excellence in Peer Support 2015, and shortlisted for the National Service User Awards 2016.

We have a facebook group here :
Twitter: @_mentallysound

For more information or to get involved in the show in any way contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.