Newcastle Hiking (Group) 3 peak challenge

A massive well done to everybody who took part in Newcastle hiking groups 3 peak challenge, they raised over £1000 that will go towards the veteran project, providing early intervention and long term support for veterans with mental health and addiction issues.

Read more

Fusiliers run 300 miles covered, in 72hrs

Mental Health is a big issue, particularly within the veteran community. By donating to our event you will be assisting both The Fusilier Aid Society and Anxious Minds charities. These charities support serving soldiers and veterans that are struggling.

The event will start on 24th September 2021 and will comprise of six soldiers from A Coy Fifth Fusiliers running from the First Fusiliers Headquarters in Tidworth, Wiltshire, to the Fifth Fusiliers Headquarters in Newcastle Upon-Tyne. A total distance of 300 miles covered, in 72 hours. Each pair of runners will cover approx. 33 miles a day, for 3 days.

As the event unfolds, please look out for updates on the Fusiliers Facebook page, as we plan to conduct live feeds of the event, as well as interactive meetings, where you can speak to the runners, during the event.

Read more

World Bantamweight Boxing Champion Walks For Children


  • Rates of probable mental disorders have increased since 2017
  • In 2020, one in six (16.0%) children aged 5 to 16 years were identified as having a probable mental disorder
  • increasing from one in nine (10.8%) in 2017. The increase was evident in both boys and girls
Commonwealth, British and World Bantamweight Boxing Champion Stuart Hall with friends john Howard and graham walker. Walks 100 miles for North East Children in support of Anxious Minds in our save the children fundraiser campaign.
Read more

Anxious Minds Announce Partnership

Anxious Minds announce partnership with REED in Partnership and the Learning Curve Group after Winning Two National Awards and being Shortlisted on a Third.

Leading Mental Health charity, Anxious Minds has just announced a new partnership with REED in Partnership and The Learning Curve Group, who are providing back to work support and courses to people going back into employment.

Anxious Minds has had a presence in the North-East since 2014. It has been a registered charity since October 2015. However, the development of its two new centres in Newcastle and Northumberland has increased its support, across the North East.

The New Centres will provide support for Veteran Families and Women in Crisis. Allowing fast access to addiction, mental health, support into employment and education.

The Charity’s CEO (Edward Dean) has been shortlisted on this years Soldiering On Awards under the health and rehabilitation category.

The veteran families project provides addiction support, counselling, support into housing, access to welfare and employability support to ex-military and their families, empowering them to regain their independence, recover and thrive and contribute in our communities.

Edward Dean, CEO of Anxious Minds, commented,

“Anxious Minds is delighted to announce the partnership with REED in Partnership and the Learning Curve Group. Collaboration is one of our key values and it is vital that organisations work together to provide the best possible services for all the families we support. I am delighted to be shortlisted on the soldiering on awards, veteran families will be a priority as we move forward and we are already working with some of the leading North East Veteran Charities including All Call Signs, Veterans in Crisis, East Durham Veterans Trust, AFV Launchpad, The Fusilier Association and NHS VTILS Service along with others”






Read more

Garys Fund

It was lovely to see Kerry Fuller and Steven Dowse on Friday, they have raised over £5,000 after the recent passing of a loved one, Gary Akenclose, they feel passionate about raising awareness of mental health particularly for men in our local area. On behalf of myself and the Board of Trustees we thank you both so much for your support.

This money will be used to support men in crisis and our deepest sympathy to your family and friends.

If you would like to get involved and make a donation to raise more money for suicide prevention. Please see the link below:


garys fund
Read more

Anxious Minds Launches Veteran Project


We’re here to help NORTH EAST Veteran Families

Behind every Soldier or Veteran, there is a loving supportive family or partner, we call this the Armed Forces Community.  It can be very difficult for families leaving the services to find support for themselves and their children, and when one person in the family is struggling with mental health or addiction issues, it can affect the whole family.

We at Veteran Families provide mental health support for adults and children, and advice services on making claims and support back into work.



Read more

Anxious Minds Launches Mental Health Lottery

For Better North East Mental Health


The Mental Health Lottery was founded to support mental health charity Anxious Minds a multi-award winning charity founded by an Ex Veteran Edward Dean.

Eddie used his war pension to set up the charity Anxious Minds in 2015 were he still works as a volunteer Chief Officer. He struggled for over 2 years to get any support for his Mental Health after retiring from the Armed Forces (Army infantry) on completion of 22 years service.

This is what the Prime Minister Theresa May had to say about Edward:

You have shown remarkable dedication in ensuring veterans can access mental health support with your charity Anxious Minds. You know from first-hand experience what a difference this help can make and now, thanks to your hard work, veterans living in the North East can also benefit from this same support. I want to thank you for your inspiring commitment to supporting men and women, like yourself, who have risked their lives to serve our country.

Edward says: Finding mental health support before the outbreak of COVID-19 was next to impossible with ever-growing waiting lists of over a year for some adults and a lot longer for children with mental health services in some areas.

Millions of pounds in donations go into supporting some of the larger mental health charities across the UK but we see very little change when trying to access professional mental health services such as counselling and psychotherapy.

The Mental Health Lottery was set up to raise funds for Anxious Minds, who provide counselling and psychotherapy, and support for alcohol reduction like a lot of other smaller charities they get very little in funding and support a large number of people from some of the most deprived and hard-hit areas of the North East.

We simply cannot afford to run television and radio ads and go, door-to-door finding supporters, as we barely have enough funds to keep the lights on. Like a lot of the smaller charities, we are run mainly by volunteers like myself, who simply want to provide the support that’s needed when needed to the people we serve.

So when you play The Mental Health Lottery you’re playing to support all the volunteers in them smaller charities that go in day after day and ask for nothing in return except for the chance to keep our centres open and allow us to do so.

The Mental Health Lottery supports Anxious Minds to grow its services across the North East and in return, my guarantee to you is that 100% of money raised will go on proving more support to people we serve, people struggling from mental health across the North East.

Every mind matters.


Chief Officer

Anxious Minds


Read more

Wallsend Drop in Centre Officially Open!

Officially opened by the Mayor of North Tyneside on Friday 23rd August.

Drop in centre and educational support on self help based in Wallsend North Tyneside dedicated to supporting peoples mental wellbeing.

Come along, say hello and join our community.

Read more

Trey Gordon joins the team

Trey Gordon. is set to start a U.K. tour July 15th, and becomes Anxious Minds third Patron

For many years Trey has suffered with mental illness, and as a team we have decided it would be a perfect time to incorporate it into his tour, as we know there are many other individuals that go through the exact same thing. 

Trey is set to start his tour July 15th, going up and down the U.K. hitting a large number of radio stations, youth clubs and schools, speaking on subjects such as self belief, cyclothymia (which he has been diagnosed with) and the dangers and consequences with getting involved with drugs.

Followed by where he is at right now, his plans for the future and a live performance of his debut single at the end.

We have come to the conclusion that it would be amazing to work with Anxious Minds and raise awareness on where support can be found within the city.

The youth may want to reach out, but not know the first place to go, and Trey wants to be the voice to guide them as he feels strongly about information not being delivered to the younger generation as much as it could be.


Read more