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MHNE e-bulletin: November 2019

Here's MHNE's November 2019 e-Bulletin - packed with news and information on organisations, services, training opportunities etc. from around the North East of England.

Please contact MHNE if you would like to advertise your events and activities, or spotlight your organisation.

Please Support Joseph running for MHNE in the Great North Run 2019

Our young runner in this year’s Great North Run introduces himself:

“I am Joseph Hodgetts and I’m 20 years old, I have just finished my A-levels at Gateshead College and hoping to stay and study in Newcastle. Specifically, Newcastle University to sit a 3 year Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Film studies. I help in the running of a pop up store with my friend Jack, we sell vinyl records at vintage venues across the North East. I am wanting to run the Great North run for MHNE as I understand the importance of mental health through personal experiences with myself, family and friends. Conclusively, understanding the impact that it can have on people.”

Joe with Jordan and Jack

This year’s run takes place on Sunday September 8th 2019.

His gofundme page is now open for donations

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any other questions about donations, all funds will go to Mental Health North East.

Planting for the Future— Enjoying a Spell of Summer Wellbeing

Planting for the Future discussionKeen local gardeners met at Muddy Boots again last week as part of the Planting For The Future project in Stanley, supported by Karbon Homes. The sessions are always busy and project lead Yvonne Ritchie said “We need more hours in the day. The gardeners are always busy exchanging ideas and tips about growing and nurturing their plants. A little late, but at the last session there was just enough time to pot on some tomato and cucumber plants, which are now happily living in our gardeners respective gardens.”

The group also work together to help each other with their garden preparation and layout. Karbon Homes will be providing wood to make some raised beds which will be planted up with some late summer vegetables, which all helps to keep the cost of buying fresh produce down.

Potting onAs well as nurturing their plants, the group also has a focus on their wellbeing, lead by MHNE’s own holistic therapist, Sarah Wayt. Sarah encourages the group to explore their health and wellbeing against the backdrop of complementary and alternative medicine. Providing practical take-home tips alongside chats about how holistic understanding can aid everyday life; Sarah’s sessions provide a safe space to nourish mind, body and spirit.

For more information about Planting for the Future, growing your own fruit and veg on a budget, and how to get involved, contact MHNE by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our Facebook page.

MHNE Supports Volunteer Week 2019

Volunteers Week 2019Volunteers' Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.  It takes place 1st-7th June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

MHNE CEO Lyn Boyd said ‘I would like to thank all the many wonderful volunteers who have supported our charity since it’s inception over 14 years ago!’.

‘MHNE is proud of our record of helping volunteers with mental health issues back into employment and education, and of the many achievements of MHNE volunteers over the years’.

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.

Mentally Sound Radio Show on Spice FM

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Award Winning Mental Health Radio! Now broadcast Tuesdays at 11am

Mentally Sound is a weekly radio show and podcast supported by MHNE and Launchpad around the subject of mental health. It features music and conversations with guests from varied backgrounds and organisations hosted on Spice FM 98.8 in Newcastle by Ricky Thamman and Steve Heslewood.

Mentally Sound: Life in Lockdown runs each Tuesday from 11am until noon (Note the new day and time from Sept 2020).

Please contact host Ricky Thamman by email—This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to get in touch with the show or offer to be a guest on a future show.  The show can also be reached on Twitter @_mentallysound and Facebook group mentally sound [radio show]. Please send feedback if you enjoy the show or have a suggestion.

Archive early shows can be downloaded from the usual podcast sources such as iTunes and Mixcloud.

Mentally Sound began as part of the Mental Health North East 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 was shortlisted for the National Service User Awards 2016.

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.