MHNE Feature in ITV News Report - Men's Mental Health

MHNE volunteer and creator of Cornerstone Sensory Garden, Ernie Malt has appeared on the regional ITV news last night ahead of World Mental Health Day to talk about men's mental health:

Ernie Malt on ITV - Men's Mental Health

The short report by Kris Jepson highlights the some of the stark statistics in the North East, being well above the national average for male suicide - and the great work that peer support groups such as ManHealth have been doing to get men talking about their mental health.

NCVS Canary in the Mine Report

This report published at the end of last month provides the most recent and comprehensive health check available of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Gateshead and Newcastle. It includes survey responses from 118 local organisations.  

Amongst the feedback and concerns raised, the report found most strikingly the normalisation of poverty, the acceptance of foodbanks and the role of charities and communities organisations in trying to step in to those areas where the state no longer provides support. NCVS say “this is not sustainable and the cracks are obvious”.

“The retraction of the state, particularly in mental health and social services, is getting worse as authorities revert to providing ‘only statutory services’. More time is now spent in advocating for public services for people who should receive them.”

If you haven’t read it yet, there’s plenty to digest—view the full report here.

Your Invitation to Workshops on Crisis Care

In the next few years there will be increased investment in Mental Health Crisis Care across the country to provide new services and improve existing ones. In this region North East together have been asked by The North East Clinical Network to organise and run a series of workshops to find out what matters to people with lived experience of mental health conditions when it comes to Crisis Care. The discussions at the workshops will help influence the provision of future crisis services.

There are three workshops organised so far which are as follows

Newcastle- Monday 19th August 1pm to 4pm at ReCoCo, Anderson House, Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6XA, telephone 0191 2610948

Durham- Wednesday 28th August 1pm to 4pm at The Waddington Street Centre, 3 Waddington Street, Durham, DH1 4BG, telephone 0191 3860702

Middlesbrough- Thursday 5th September 1pm to 4pm at St Marys Centre, 90 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2RW, telephone 01642 249456

All three workshops will have the same format so if you would like to attend please pick whichever venue is most convenient for you.

At the workshops lunch and refreshments will be provided as will reasonable travel expense.

If you have any questions or wish to give apologies please contact Mish Loraine at North East together - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07902 403630.

New Report : Views of Mental Health Services in County Durham

Over the past year, Healthwatch County Durham have been gathering experiences and opinions from people using mental health services and those who work for them. The final report based on this feedback is now available on their website.

The report contains a number of recommendations that could improve mental health services for those who need them most. It also includes many anonymised case studies that demonstrate where people feel services are working and where they need to change. Healthwatch would like to everyone who took the time to complete a survey or contact them directly about often difficult experiences.

Read the report here:

Newcastle Healthwatch Report

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Newcastle Healthwatch has published a report on the information GP practices in Newcastle gave about their procedures for compliments, comments and complaints, how clear that information was and how easy it was to find. Click on the link to view GP_Report.pdf

Dementia 2014: A North East Perspective - report published

dementia reportThis report by the North East Dementia Alliance (produced for the Northern Rock Foundation by Debbie Smith and Peter Otter) summarises the present position across the North East in regards to the provision of dementia care by statutory, voluntary and academic organisations in support of dementia sufferers and their carers. It highlights progress made and gaps in service development and provision.

Report Published July 2014 - Click HERE for a downloadable copy


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NIWE: Research report available

niweThis report contains the results, analysis and interpretation of Trapeze Consulting's research, funded by a Northern Rock Foundation grant, to evaluate the effectiveness, quality, impact and value of NIWE's group therapy on women with eating disorders. Data and information were collected from women who used NIWE between 2011 and 2013 and from professionals who have a working relationship with the organisation.

A copy of the full report is available on the home page of the NIWE website at, or go directly to the report at

Dementia Challenge North

dementiaHealth and Social Care Reform and Govtoday are delighted to announce The Dementia Challenge North; due to the huge success of this event in London in April this year, this conference now moves to the North of England. The Dementia Challenge North - Continuing the Fight Back conference is for those that live with, work with or are affected by dementia. This delegate focused event devotes maximum plenary time to the issues that really matter with updates on the latest developments in the fight against this most devastating condition.

Register your place

View full details of the programme

Discounts for Group Bookings Available