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Mental health and wellbeing

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If someone you know is at immediate risk of suicide, self-harm or injury call 999.

Feeling good mentally is just as important as feeling good physically. Emotional health plays a huge role in how we all think, feel and behave.

Poor emotional health and wellbeing can lead to stress, anxiety, depression and panic attacks, and can make it difficult for you to feel positive about your daily life and maintain good relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

Having access to advice about your emotional health can be valuable, and many people find that talking their problems over with someone is extremely helpful.

How are you feeling?

We can all feel low, anxious or panicky from time to time. Your Mind Plan helps you build a practical plan you can use to help maintain and improve your mental health and wellbeing. By answering this short quiz, the Every Mind Matters widget gives you five actions that can help you feel more in control, deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood and improve your sleep.

Where to start?

Five ways to wellbeing on the NHS website - the five steps you need to take to improve your emotional wellbeing.

NHS Mental health - find information and support for your mental health.

Time to change - tackling the stigma of Mental Health - changing the way people think and act about mental health problems.

Rethink - access a range of national mental health resources, from advocacy and carer support to crisis services.

Young Minds - the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Support in Gateshead

Andy's Man Club - a peer support group for men which meets every Monday at 7pm at the Elgin Centre, Gateshead 

Gateshead Older People's Assembly - support and opportunities for over 50s in Gateshead

Gateshead Talking Therapies - a free and confidential NHS service for people aged 16 and over

Northumberland and Tyneside Mind - Northumberland and Tyneside Mind Telephone Support line, available 7 Days a Week, 8am-10pm

Our Gateshead - an online directory of mental health and wellbeing services in Gateshead

Peer Talk - a volunteer led peer support group which meets every Monday,  7.30 - 8.30pm at Bensham Grove Community Centre 

Kooth - mental wellbeing community - online mental wellbeing community for young people aged 11-18 

QE Gateshead Community Mental Health - Community Mental Health for older people

Qwell - mental wellbeing support - online mental wellbeing support for people 18+

Signpost NENC - a community hub of mental health and wellbeing services and resources

Stop suicide NENC - look after yourself, look out for others, get help early 

Togetherall - mental health support - online mental health support for people 16+

Tyneside Women's Health - a wide range of services including open access services, support groups, and courses

North East Counselling Service Parent Support Line - 0333 358 3040, available Monday - Friday, 10am - 2pm for parents / carers 

Additional Mental Health Support (PDF) [1MB]

More help from your GP

If you experience symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression, make an appointment with your local GP.

It is important to do this if your symptoms don't improve, if your mood affects your work or relationships, or you are considering suicide or self-harm.

Your GP will ask you lots of questions and may suggest:

  • Social Prescribing lead in the practice
  • exercise, visit Better Health Get Active
  • a self-help group
  • try any of the support groups mentioned above
  • Gateshead Talking Therapies are a team of experienced workers who support people to enable them to overcome their problems when they feel anxious, depressed or stressed. Gateshead Talking Therapies offer a free and confidential NHS service for people aged 16 and over. You can self-refer by telephone 0191 283 2541
  • antidepressants or CBT
  • referring you to a mental health team