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Mentally Sound Radio Show on Spice FM

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Award Winning Mental Health Radio! Broadcast Tuesdays at 1pm

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.

Mentally Sound: Life in Lockdown runs each Tuesday from 1pm-2pm, then repeated Saturdays at 3pm.   Over 50 Life in Lockdown shows have been recorded since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 Spotify, Clyp, Pocket Casts, 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.