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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 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. It 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. Many people find that talking their problems over with someone is helpful.

Get your mental health action plan

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.

Support online

Five ways to wellbeing on the NHS website (opens new window)  - the five steps you need to take to improve your emotional wellbeing.

NHS Mental health (opens new window)  - find information and support for your mental health.

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

Young Minds (opens new window)  - 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 (opens new window)  - a peer support group for men which meets every Monday at 7pm at the Elgin Centre, Gateshead 

Gateshead Older People's Assembly (opens new window)  - support and opportunities for over 50s in Gateshead

Gateshead Talking Therapies (opens new window)  - a free and confidential NHS service for people aged 16 and over

Northumberland and Tyneside Mind (opens new window)  - Northumberland and Tyneside Mind Telephone Support line, available 7 Days a Week, 8am-10pm

Our Gateshead (opens new window)  - an online directory of mental health and wellbeing services in Gateshead

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

Kooth - mental wellbeing community (opens new window)  - online mental wellbeing community for young people aged 11-18 

QE Gateshead Community Mental Health (opens new window)  - Community Mental Health for older people

Tyneside Women's Health (opens new window)  - 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

Leisure and culture activities available across Gateshead 

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 (opens new window)
  • a self-help group
  • try any of the support groups mentioned above
  • Gateshead Talking Therapies (opens new window) 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