Survivors of Domestic Violence


Two women each week are killed by a current or former partner in England and almost one in three women will experience Domestic Abuse in their lifetime. The North East has the highest recorded rate of domestic abuse with an average of 253 incidents every day! Domestic abuse has increased globally by 20% during the lockdown, many women being trapped at home with their abusers with no escape.

The Empowerment Project by Anxious Minds will provide an early intervention support service and essential education support and legal advice to victims of abuse providing them with the tools to recognise the signs of domestic abuse. The project will offer a wide range of support services from drop-in services, support groups, presentations in schools and colleges and legal advice to victims of abuse. We need your help to offer support to the many victims of abuse here in the North East.

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Mental Health Support for Veterans

Every year British military sufferers of post traumatic stress disorder have died in suspected suicides. This year it has been extremely more difficult for the veteran community as suicide rates rise. Please do not let us forget about the thousands of veterans and their families that are not physically injured on the battlefield but still hold the scars that struggle daily with mental health, alcohol and other addiction issues.

Veterans Families, the veteran support project of the mental health charity Anxious Minds does not just support the veteran in crisis. It supports the family complete, providing support for both adults and children.

We provide much needed mental health services to veterans and their families and with your support, Veteran Families can provide even more counselling and psychotherapy services to both adults and children from the veteran community as well as support for alcohol and addiction recovery.

With local communities support, we can make sure North East veteran families get the support they need.

Please help us bring them home.

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Suicide Prevention & Addiction

Suicide Prevention

  • In 2018, there were 6,507 suicides registered in the UK, an age-standardised rate of 11.2 deaths per 100,000 population; the latest rate is significantly higher than that in 2017 and
  • represents the first increase since 2013.
  • Three-quarters of registered deaths in 2018 were among men (4,903 deaths), which has been the case since the mid-1990s.
  • The UK male suicide rate of 17.2 deaths per 100,000 represents a significant increase from the rate in 2017; for females, the UK rate was 5.4 deaths per 100,000, consistent with the rates over the past 10 years.
  • Scotland had the highest suicide rate in GB with 16.1 deaths per 100,000 persons (784 deaths), followed by Wales with a rate of 12.8 per 100,000 (349 deaths) and England the lowest with 10.3 deaths per 100,000 (5,021 deaths); figures for Northern Ireland will be published later this year by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
  • Males aged 45 to 49 years had the highest age-specific suicide rate (27.1 deaths per 100,000 males); for females, the age group with the highest rate was also 45 to 49 years, at 9.2 deaths per 100,000.
  • Despite having a low number of deaths overall, rates among the under 25s have generally increased in recent years, particularly 10 to 24-year-old females where the rate has increased significantly since 2012 to its highest level with 3.3 deaths per 100,000 females in 2018.
  • As seen in previous years, the most common method of suicide in the UK was hanging, accounting for 59.4% of all suicides among males and 45.0% of all suicides among females.

Feeling helpless, worthless or hopeless are common feelings associated with feeling suicidal. Often these thoughts can be overwhelming and prevent you from feeling anything else. Sharing or expressing these feelings can be helpful and talking to a trained provisional can save a life.

How we help

We want to provide more Drop-in Centres where people can visit and have trained workers they can trust and talk to. We help them build their confidence and get to the root of their difficulties. We work closely with them until they are feeling stronger. We also stay in close contact with other professionals giving the best support possible.


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Mental Health Support For Children


Spending on children’s mental health services – such as school counsellors and drop-in centres has fallen in real terms in more than a third of areas in England, a report shows.

The study, by the Children’s Commissioner, found spending had risen by 17% overall but many children faced a “postcode lottery” of provision.

Anne Longfield said the figures were “extremely worrying”.

Officials said investing in these services was a priority.

‘Before crisis point’

The report looked at spending on so-called “low level” mental health services – designed to prevent or treat problems such as depression, eating disorders or anxiety – preventing the need for intensive, specialist intervention.

In general, half the funding comes from the NHS and half from local authorities. The report found that very high-spending areas were masking a larger proportion of low-spending areas, and that wide variation existed across the country.

According to the report:

  • Around £226m was spent on low-level children’s mental health services in 2018-19 – an increase of 17% in real terms (taking inflation into account) on the previous year
  • While the top quarter of local areas spent £1.1m or more over the financial year, the bottom 25% spent £177,000 or less
  • 58% of areas reported a real-term increase in spending between 2018-19
  • But 37% saw a real-term fall – often driven by a reduction in local authority spending
  • In London, local authority spending was £17.88 per child compared with £5.32 in the East of England

Ms Longfield said: “This report reveals for the first time the postcode lottery facing the increasing number of children suffering from low-level mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.

“The children I speak to who are suffering from conditions like anxiety or depression aren’t asking for intensive inpatient therapeutic treatment, they just want to be able to talk to a counsellor about their worries and to be offered advice on how to stop their problems turning into a crisis.”

We support children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing

We know that one in ten children have a diagnosable mental health condition – that’s roughly three children in every classroom.

It can be tough growing up. Many thousands of young people go through periods of mental ill-health. When this happens, it can be difficult for them to make and keep friends, manage at school and feel good about themselves. It can also be bewildering for their families.

Many children may not be diagnosed as having mental health issues, but lack confidence and feel unhappy much of the time.

No child should be left to cope with mental ill-health alone. We are here for children and young people when they need us to listen to them, support them, counsel them, guide them and nurture them.

How we help

Anxious Minds believe in early intervention, before a child or young persons mental health becomes a problem. We run many services supporting young people’s emotional health and wellbeing, from one-to-one counselling to group work.

We have centres where children and young people can visit and have trained workers they can trust and talk to. We help them build their confidence and get to the root of their difficulties. We work closely with children and young people’s parents – making sure they feel supported too. We also stay in close contact with other professionals giving the best support possible.

With your support, we can do more

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