Mental Health Support

MHNE’s latest bulletin **New**

Please find attached MHNE’s latest bulletin packed as usual with up to date information on a wide range of issues. Hope you all have a great long weekend.

Best Wishes Lyn Lyn Boyd CEO Mental Health North East 
Mental Health North East Birtley CDC Drum Park Drum Lane Industrial Estate Chester-le-Street Co Durham DH2 1AE

NSUN Bulletin Monday 16 April 2018 **New**

Welcome to the 16 April edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.


Improving Access to Mental Health Services Improving Access to Psychological Therapies – (IAPT) 

Have you or a family member had an experience of psychological therapies e.g. counselling or CBT? We talked to people in 2017 about how we could improve mental health services and we would now like to discuss with you our plans for the new service. 

Please come along to our focus group on 
Tuesday 27th March 1.30 – 3pm at North Road Methodist Church DH1 4SG and give us your views and suggestions. 

For more information or to confirm your attendance please contact North Durham CCG on 0191 389 8617 or email

NSUN Bulletin Monday 6 November - special edition: Mental Health Act review **Current**

The Mental Health Act review The Prime Minister has announced plans for an independent review of the Mental Health Act. Our '' feature contains links to the the government's announcement and the policy paper ('terms of reference'). The terms of reference state that the review should closely involve service users and carers (both current and past) in all aspects of its work.

More Information

MHNE Bulletin Autumn, Winter 2017 **Current**

Please find MHNE’s latest bulletin packed with information on latest funds, news, new and old members, events etc. MHNE will be collating information on services which will be accessible and other help available for people suffering mental distress during the festive period.

If you know of any organisation offering support over this period, please send details to Liz on

Your August Mental Health First Aid newsletter **Current**

Welcome to your Mental Health First Aid England newsletter for August. This month we have lots of exciting news from the mental health sector, including results from our recent MHFA delegate survey, an update on the Youth MHFA in Schools programme and a roundup of calendar events between now and October.

MHNE Bulletin**Current**

Hello everyone, and welcome to the latest addition of MHNE’s packed, in-formative and entertaining (we hope!) bulletin. We’re sorry that you haven’t heard from us for some time but that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening: there has been much activity lately for this all–volunteer organisation: some people have gained paid employment, and there’s also been a happy event for Victoria and Gareth (mother and baby Freya are doing well).

Number of University Dropouts Due to Mental Health Problems Trebles **Current**

The number of students to drop out of university with mental health problems has more than trebled in recent years, official figures show. Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) revealed that a record 1,180 students who experienced mental health problems left university early in 2014-15, the most recent year in which data was available. It represents a 210% increase from 380 in 2009-10. 

The figures have prompted charities, counsellors and health experts to urge higher education institutions to ensure the right support is in place.

Support & Recovery North / South and Community Floating Support **Current**

In-House Provider for Durham County Council


Previously Support & Recovery North / South and Community Floating Support had office accommodation based in Spectrum 8 Seaham, Coulson Street Spennymoor and Station Road Chester–le Street.


We have consolidated the three teams into one to enable countywide access to the whole team skill base, although Community Floating Support (CFS) are still only commissioned to cover Chester-le-Street, Durham, Sedgefield and The Dales.

All 3 staff teams moved into premises at Finchale in December 2016.

We are pleased to inform you that Support & Recovery now operate as one team, (with CFS remaining as a locality-based service for primary care only) this will enable the service to work more efficiently and productively.   This change came into effect on 1st April 2017.

New Office Base Address and Contact Details:

Support & Recovery

Finchale Training College

Pity Me



Tel:    Support & Recovery 03000262147 Community Floating Support   03000269071

Fax No: Support & Recovery  0191 3898194 Community Floating Support  0191 3898235

Jackie Ball / Diane Worthington - Area Managers         

Mental Health and Suicide Awareness/Prevention **Current**

The Derwent Valley Partnership is working with If U Care Share Foundation to deliver mental health awareness related sessions for all local youth groups to access free of charge.
We are also offering STOP courses to groups, organisations and sports clubs (and their employees) to help raise awareness of suicide prevention and offer skills training to those who may work with vulnerable adults and/or young people in particular, again, these courses are being offered free of charge on a first come, first served basis.
If you or your organisation would like to take part in these courses, please contact If U Care Share directly using the contact details provided on the publicity, equally, if you know any organisations who you feel would benefit from the training, please forward these details to them.

Dancing in the rain with Pooky- my new weekly podcast **Current**

I’ve recently started producing a weekly podcast. The aim is to take an informal yet informative look at the world of mental health.

It combines a range of the latest ideas and research that might help you in your role as parent, teacher or other adult supporting a child as well as talking to people of interest (authors, educators, parents, policy makers etc) who I come across in my work in interviews which aim to go a little beyond the norm and draw on personal ideas and experience. I also share ideas from my daughters, Lyra and Ellie and draw on my personal experience as I'm currently battling anorexia, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts and feelings.