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HOW TO GET OUR SUPPORT

Firstly, visit our CommunityIf you are not in the North East of England, no problem. We also provide online support groups.

You should definitely request to join our Facebook group. Our Facebook group is a closed group, which means that only members can see what you post, or see that you are in the group. It is an always-online active support group, where you can get support and chat with others going through what you are, absolutely any time of the day or night.

If you haven’t got a community account, we highly recommend signing up so you can join us. Whether it’s discussing helpful books, or putting your name forward for a meeting or one of our courses, our Facebook group makes it all so easy. You will also be able to chat with the owner and discuss/ask any questions you may have regarding  information on the site; for example, how to get started exercising. Someone is always on the other end ready to reply because it is always online.

Free Support Groups

We call our support groups the ‘Let’s Talk Project’. It is all about getting sufferers of anxiety and depression supporting each other.

Talking Therapy

We provide a complete counselling and listening service and its Donation based.

CPD Workshops & Training

We offer all types of CPD and Training Packegs aimed at anyone supporting people with Mental Health here in North East.

Problematic Alcohol Use

We support individuals and families affected by or experiencing problematic alcohol use in North Tyneside.We call this P.A.U.S.E

Victims Of Crime

Being a victim of crime can be distressing. The impact of crime will vary, but many people benefit from receiving some support and information to help them cope and recover.

Grief & Loss Support

When someone close to you dies the shock and grief can feel overwhelming. It is important to take care of yourself we can support you over this difficult time

Art & Crafts

We run a range of programmes that focus on positive mental wellbeing, by enabling people to find and nurture dormant creative interests and hidden talents within themselves.

Friendly Staff

Absolutely genuine. Addressed Issues.

Joanne

Worthwhile

I found it useful, just to talk and through that process. Been to discover more about. I have found the therapy to be worthwhile and would return it if I needed other avenues did not work out.

David

Very helpful

Great experience, I have found it really helpful.

Sarah

Positive experience thanks

Great sessions where I felt safe and able to share real feelings. Essential for me to be able to move on from a really hard time, giving me a “Tool Box” on how to cope going forward.

Joe

Great Counsellor

This has been so helpful, for getting everything out and turning things around.

Rachel

Fast appointment

I have been heard and listened to. I really appreciated how quickly I was assessed and seen.

John

Thank you so much

Has made me more at ease and a relaxed person. Just to say that my counsellor has done an excellent job.

Geoff

great counsellor

Vital-Helpful more than I could have thought. Really Great, awareness of issues, talking.

Craig

Listening and none judgemental

I was extremely anxious. Anxious Minds was recommended to me by a friend who had used the service. From the beginning I was treated with respect and kindness. I found talking in a non judgemental environment helpful and gained valuable strategies in coping with my anxiety.

Don

Thank you so much

Has been such a positive experience, Ive learnt a lot about myself and have been greatly supported. I have felt welcomed, relaxed and listened to. Has been great to work through my difficulties It has had such a positive impact on my life and relationships and I feel more able to cope with challenges going forward. Thank you so much.

Joanne

very helpful

Helped a lot, have definitely improved. Always feel better after a session.

Thomas

Safe Haven

Brilliant Support and Guidance, It is like a safe haven. My counsellor was brilliant kind and gave me just the right amount of support. Thank you.

Jessica

Godsend

I have been able to unload and be listened to which was very helpful. When I first came to Anxious Minds I felt very repressed and unable to express my feelings but with patience off Billy and his ability to not Pre Judge. I have come away feeling lighter in my mind and more able to take back control.

Joan

Sam has been fantastic

Amazing very helpful to me overall has left me in a much better place. Sam has been fantastic helped me so much in understanding myself and I appreciate the time spent with me it has been lovely to have someone to listen and understand.

Brendan

understanding counsellor

Very helpful. Very useful to talk over timings in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere with an understanding counsellor.

Dan

A great service

A very good insight in to myself. I was referred to Anxious Minds by my GP, I wasn’t sure the problem was anything that could be sorted by counselling but Andrea has helped me look at my anxiety issues and look at reasons for the way I feel. A great service.

John

I have learned so many techniques to help

Calm, welcoming and safe environment. Appreciate everything that has been done to help and support me and my Mental Health. I have learned so many techniques to help me afterwards.

Joanne

Glad I went

After talking about my issues was given strategies to manage and talk further about them. Because of various reasons meds, motivation etc. Have not fully put into action strategies suggested yet. No reflection on the counsellor just me needing to adopt a little more to my current situation + use the tools I have been given.

Sheila

Ive been able to discover more about me

I found it useful, just to talk and through that process Ive been able to discover more about me. I have found the therapy to be worth while and would return to it. If I needed it and other avenues, did not work out.

David

Learnt a lot

Learnt a lot of how things are in my mind. How to deal with problems. What to do when feel anxious.

Doreen

A useful service

A useful service would use again if needed, lovely friendly easy to access helped a lot to talk about things in a more released enviroment.

Jenifer

someone I can talk to and trust

When I’m talking to your counsellors I don’t feel like your a counsellor, I feel like your someone I can talk to and trust.

Lesley

Helped a lot

Defo would use again if needed to talk, Lovely friendly people and very easy to access helped a lot.

Jenny

Just to say that my life has changed because of your support

Just to say that my councillor has done a excellent job.

Gorge

fast appointment

I was heard and listened to. I really appreciated how quickly I was assessed and seen

GS

Outstanding

Simply outstanding

Rebecca

Feeling a lot better

Great experience I have found it really helpful and feeling a lot better

Sarah

Great sessions!

Great sessions where I felt safe and able to share real feelings. Essential for me to be able to move on from a really hard time. Giving me a tool box an how to cope going forward.

CG

so helpful

This has been so helpful, for getting everything out and turning things around.

DB

Anxious Minds

Brilliant support + guidance. It is like a safe haven. My counsellor was brilliant they were kind and gave me just the right amount of support.

Thank you!

ES

Counselling

Absolutely Genuine. Addressed all my Issues.

DW

An opportunity to open up in a relaxed environment

I felt comfortable to open up and express my concerns and issues. The service was professional very reliable and in a safe environment I highly recommend

Linda

Staff are supportive, caring and pleasant to talk to

My experience of Anxious Minds was very pleasant and positive, I was helped to organise my chaotic thoughts into a more positive outcome

Graham

Very positive

All aspects of my experience have been great fun the first phone call I made to the receptionist who was super helpful and reassuring. The man that runs the centre created me at the door and made me feel much more at ease my counsellor was a total gem. The meetings we had were personal and helped me reflect on how to move forward, I don’t know what I would’ve done without this fantastic service

Rachel

Amazing

My whole experience from start to finish was amazing, lovely staff great advice brilliant service

Debbie

Couldn’t do enough

What a great service, I had to pay a donation but I fully understand after speaking to the chief officer, they receive little to no funding which is a shame because of the number of people waiting for mental health services, a lot more charities can learn from their example, a great charity that I will be supporting from now on.

Anonymous

Godsend

I don’t know what I would’ve done without them, thank you so much for being there for me x

Anonymous

Amazing Support Group

I have been in and out of mental health services for years, with little to no progression in understanding my mental health condition, I came across Anxious Minds on the Internet and applied for some support within two days I joined a support group 6 months later and I now understand how to manage my condition.

Emma

Great Place

Great counsellor, a lovely place, I highly recommend

Martin

They gave me hope

I was really struggling with depression and had tried several times to get support from the NHS through my GP total waste of time just kept getting promised for the phone call until  I came across Anxious Minds and within a week I was in counselling and I am in a much better place now thanks to there excellent friendly staff.

GD

I finally understand how to manage my condition

I have been suffering from anxiety since the age of 18 it is only now at the age of 43, I finally understand how to manage my condition thanks to Anxious Minds.    I highly recommend

SS

Outstanding service

I cannot recommend highly enough how good the services was, I am very satisfied

Anonymous

It was really helpful

Really made me feel at ease and openly talk about how I was feeling

SK

Great opportunity to unload feelings of guilt, shame and anxiety.

I felt very comfortable in the setting for my sessions. my counsellor was a most caring and understanding person.overthe weeks i have felt more positive in my attitude to life and family and mostly have felt as though a great burden has been lifted.

Kia

Helpful.

Understood more about the triggers which helps me cope with my problems effectively.

Wiolete

I have found it very helpful.

It has helped me to have a better understanding of my feelings.

Michelle

Enlightening. Opened my mind.

A comprehensive explanation of anxiety, causes and treatments.

Deejay

Enabled a better understanding of anxiety and stress related conditions.

The presentation highlighted how beliefs and patterns negatively effect individuals and their daily lives.

Ellen

It has been good to talk things through with an impartial person.

Im glad to have had the opportunity to talk about issues ive been facing, and feel i have come a long way and learned new coping strategies.

Kyle

Really informative and supportive.

It was good to meet new people. I enjoyed the supportive, informative type of presentation.

Lisa

Interesting,thought provoking.

Friendly, engaging staff.

Lizzie

Friendly and welcoming.

Came with a high anxiety, getting here was a big step. Staff made me very welcome and feel at home.

Paul

Life changing

Having had 6 x sessions of CBT with the nhs(which wasnt helpful) i found the person centered approach very beneficial.

Andrew

Helpful for reflection and realisation

4months of counselling that significantly improved my mood.

Claire

Helpful,positive built my confidence and self esteem, changed my outlook.

Ihave really enjoyed working with lorraine and attending anxious minds, its helped me to have a different outlook on my life to not think of everything in a negative way. Since working with lorraine i have been able to control my anxiety and not worry as much as i used to.

Abigail

I have struggled to understand certain things i have been dealing with at work and its been extremely helpful to realise its the situation and not me.

I have realised i need to think of myself and not others ,realise it is not me who is stupid or useless but the situation i have been in that has made me feel this way. It is actions and words of others that is not factual but due to their inability to handle certain situations well.

Samantha

Helpful and enlightening.

Feel that it has helped me understand my feelings and given me ways to manage, some strategies i need to be more familiar with, others have been more immediatlyhelpful and insightful. Thank heavens the service is here as an almost immediate option for people like myself who need it.

Kay

Thought provoking

I am now seeing things from a new perspective.

Jenny

Quick response.

I have been on the nhs waiting list for over a year , I contacted anxious minds and was booked in for an assessment the same week.

Mark

Extremely helpful.

Ivefound the service incredibly efficient. it has been very practical and useful in helping recovery.

Bryony

At the meadowell community center hoping to meet new members.

I prefer anxious minds now.

Mandy

Theraputic.

Friendly environment, useful and helpful.

Colin

Student placement.

I came here as a student on a placementformy degree course. A fantastic caring and professional organization.

Dan

Fantastic and reassuring.

Came here after doctors referal and was initially apprehensive about attending after just my first session, my opinion had changed and became alot more open and was willing to take on the support that was definatley needed.

Carl

Good experience ,friendly staff only problem is the cancellations due to funding.

I have learned new things ,its nice to get a different view on things and to know your not alone and that others feel this way too.

Dave

Amazing experience that has benefited me greatly…..THANK YOU!

I have had mental health problems and experiences that have caused me to become much worse, Anxious minds has really helped me and ihave benefited greatly from talking about my issues and felt valued and listened to,  thank you so much for everything.

Phil

Highly recomended.

Outstanding.

Paul

Understanding

Understanding/venting.

Liam

Great service.

Got on with counsellor, brought out the fear and taught me to teach myself how to cope with my anxieties.

Leigh

Very helpful.

Would recommend this service.

Karen

Helped so much.

Helped me deal with alot of issues.

Audrey

Helpful, Relaxing, Confidential.

Had very helpful comments made by counsellor which made me think things through differently and it has helped me make better choices.

Kyle

Beneficial service.

This service has helped me to cope with my grief.

Sarah

Wonderful service, Staff are good listeners and this is an enjoyable experience.

Anyone who needs help i would recommend anxious minds without hesitation.

Valerie

Brilliant service, good support when needed.

Struggled with overthinking issues causing anxiety, especially in work-life balance, all resolved.

Zoe

Helpful,great service and support.

I feel that due to the number of issues i have had to look at and work through, the 18 sessions has not been enough. however,i have been moved into long-term therapy with the psychotherapist team at anxious minds,great!

Anon

Very supportive environment.

I feel supported here and feel the time given to me is invaluable. The training opportunities are extensive and are of great use to me.

Gemma

Excellent service.

Really helpful, Excellent.

David

Excellent service.

Jan and Dan have been absolutley fantastic! Highly proffesional,very understanding and caring. I am now in a totally different place .THANKS TO ANXIOUS MINDS.

Norman

Really enjoy my time spent in these sessions and couldnt ask for a better counsellor.

Love working with my counsellor,she has and always makes me feel at ease. She is great at what she does and is always very supportive. Love coming everytime and have never in the past had anything as good and helpful as this.

Calum

Safe calm and helpful being able to disclose private info comfortably.

Anxiety regarding family matters ,very helpful.

Helen

Very happy.

The counsellor gave good advice and i always felt alotbetter after my session. Provided handouts which i took home to read and put them on my fridge so i can refer back and try to put things into a better perspective when situations happen.

Sarah

Student volunteer.

I came to anxious minds as astudenton a university placemen, I attended various different support groups and observed how they work. I think that they are extremely helpful and i felt as though i was part of a warm and welcoming community. I COULDNT RECOMEND ANXIOUS MINDS ENOUGH!

Charlie

Extremely helpful with anxiety and socializing.

Since i have started volunteering i have gained confidence when talking to people, especially when talking about mental health. I have thoroughly enjoyed the group and think its an amazing project, which makes a real difference to everyone who attends.

Aiste

Very helpful indeed, helped me to understand my own thought process and feelings.

I arrived feeling very anxious and depressed , I have been suffering far longer than i had realised. I now have the ability to recognise triggers that will affect my mood and am now better equipedto deal with the anxiety.

D Nellis

It is really relaxing and friendly, good way to get out of how you are feeling.

Met new people and have fun with painting.

Charlie

I would highly recomend this service.

A great service the staff are all lovely and friendly, I have gained alotwhilst being here.

Joe

Feeling calmer and able to deal with issues.

Feel calmer and alotmore confident to deal with issues.

Amanda

Helped me see things alot clearer.

A lovely calming and caring atmosphere, So helpful to me.

Andrea

Worthwhile

Good to talk about feelings in depth, with someone whos not involved in past incidents. I.E close family and friends.

Mark

Counselling

I was able to work through my problem effectively with this service, I am my ‘old’ self with happiness in my heart, I would recomend this service to anyone, Group counselling has helped too.

N Flackland

It has been very good and left me feeling motivated and positive, i feel i can handle things alot better.

I came to weekly appointments and i noted a positive improvement on my attitude towards day to day life and the things i would usually struggle with,i have a clearer mind and focused goal to work towards.

Leigh

It really helps.

The experience with them helped me to take steps to get better and to realise what my issues actually are.

Phillip

Brilliant service,so helpful…does what it says it does.

This is a worthwhile and good service. For anyone like me suffering with anxiety and so many problems.

V Rendall

Wonderful service,really helped.

Incredible service

N beckinham

Very good and excellent care.

I was very depressed and have spent several months under the care of shaunand his therapy dog minnie, In such a brighter place now thanks to a wonderful therapist.

Joan

Art Group

had a very good experience with the art and support group and the staff and volunteers have been brilliant and amazing.

phillip

Outstanding Service

Words cannot express how good this service was and how much it has helped me get through my problems I will forever be grateful

DD

Very good and excellent care

I was very low and depressed and have spent several months under the care of Shaun and his therapy dog Minnie!
In a much brighter place now thanks to a wonderful therapist.

Joan

Brilliant service .So helpful ,Does what it says it does

This is a worthwhile and good service for anyone like me suffering with anxiety and so many problems. 5 STARS

Mrs Rendall

It Helped

The experience helped me take steps to get better and to also realise what my issue was.

Philip

It has been very good and left me feeling more motivated and positive about things

I came to weekly appointments and noticed a positive improvement to my attitude towards day to day life and the things that I usually struggle with.I have a clearer mind and a focused goal to work towards.

anonnymous

Counselling

I was able to work through my problem effectively with this service.I am my old self with happiness in my heart,I would recommend this service to anyone.Group counselling helped too.

annonymous

Worthwhile

Good to talk about my feelings in depth with someone not involved with past incidents.

MG

Helped me realise things clearly

A lovely calming atmosphere .,welcoming and caring ,helpful to me.

Andrea

Feeling calmer and able to deal with issue

Feeling calmer and able to deal with issue

Amanda

I would highly recommend this service!

A great service ,the staff are all lovely and friendly .I have gained a lot with them.

Anonymous

Very helpful indeed. Helped me understand my own thought process and feelings

I arrived feeling very anxious and depressed.I have been suffering far longer than I realised. I now have the ability to recognise triggers that will effect my mood and am now better equipped to deal with anxiety.

Dean

It has been good to talk things through with an impartial person

Im glad to have had the opportunity to talk about issues Ive been facing and feel I have come away with more coping strategies.

anonymous

Excellent Really Helpful

Excellent Really Helpful

David

Friendly + welcoming

came with high anxiety. getting here was a big step. The staff made me very welcome and made me feel at at home.

annonymous

Life changing

Having had 6+ sessions of CBT with the NHS (which was not helpful) I found the person centred approach very beneficial.

anonymous

Thought provoking

I am now seeing things from a new perspective

Jenny

Quick response

I have been on the NHS waiting list for over a year. I contacted anxious minds and was booked in for assessment the same week.

M

Helpful and enlightening

Feel that it has helped me understand my feelings and give me ways to manage them. Some of the strategies I need to become more familiar with ,Thank heavens the service is here as an almost immediate option for people like myself who need it.

anonymous

Helpful ,Great Service + Support

I feel that due to the number of issues I have had to look at and work through , the 18 sessions has not been enough however I have been moved in to long term therapy with the psychotherapist team at anxious minds. Great

Anon

Worthwhile

Good to talk about feelings in depth with someone not involved with past incidents ie .family ,close friends

anonymous

Really relaxing and friendly

Met new people and have fun with painting.

Charlie

Very happy

The counsellor gave good advice and I always felt a lot better after my session. Provided handouts which I took home to read and put them on my fridge so I can refer back and try to put things into better perspective when situations happen.

anonnymous

Safe Calm Helpful – Being able to disclose private info comfortably

Had anxiety regarding family matters ,VERY HELPFUL!

Helen

Really enjoyed my time spent in these sessions

Love working with Steph, she has and still always makes me feel at ease. Steph is great and what she does is so supportive.

Calum

Excellent Service!

Dan and Jan have been absolutely fantastic. Highly professional ,very understanding and caring. I am now in a totally different place . Thanks to Dan and Jan.

Norman

Brilliant service – Good support when needed

Struggled with over thinking issues causing anxiety ,especially work life balance .All resolved

Zoe

Helped me deal with a lot of issues

Helped me deal with a lot of issues

anonymous

VERY HELPFUL

Would recommend!

K.E

I benefited greatly thankyou!

I have mental health problems and had experiences that have caused me to become much worse and the person I met at anxious minds has really helped me and I have benefitted greatly from talking about my issues and felt valued and listened to .Thank you very much for everything.

Philip

Good and personal

Got on with counsellor ,brought out the fear and taught me how to teach myself how to cope with my anxieties.

Leigh

Fantastic and Reassuring

Came here after a doctors referral and was initially apprehensive about attending.
After just my first session my opinion had changed and I became a lot more open and was willing to take on the support that was definitely needed!

Carl

Therapeutic

Friendly enviroment ,useful and helpful.

Colin

Extremely helpful

I found the service incredibly efficient. It has been very practical and useful in helping my recovery

B.R

Cant recommend them enough!

I went to Anxious Minds for ten months in total, the counsellor helped me in all areas of my life. I’d recommend the service to anyone who feels they need it, and would not hesitate to go back should I need to in the future. My therapist was Jan, an incredibly open-minded, understanding and empathetic person who made me feel that I could talk about anything. She really helped me to see things as they actually are, and not as I thought they were. I will be forever grateful.

Kelly

Great charity

After 11 months waiting to see an NHS counsellor I came across Anxious Minds and within days of contacting them I had my first counselling session. I can’t thank them enough for their kind support and I’m now finally at a place where I can cope.

anonymous
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