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


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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.

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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.


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Marathon man

Phill runs Edinburgh Marathon in support of North East charity Anxious Minds

“‘I chose to fundraise for Anxious Minds because I feel there is a distinct lack of services for people suffering with their mental health and a fantastic charity like this could be a lifeline for many people.'”

Raising a total of £1282.41 to date This is money will go towards opening the Buddies well-being Centre

A massive thank you to Phill For all his support

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In memory of James Arthur Dean

A kind donation of £145 was made to the charity by the family of James Artur Dean (Jim), who sadly passed away on the 28th of March 2019.

The donation will go towards the opening of the Recover Centre in Wallsend supporting over 55’s with mental health issues as this project was not funded

The charity is hoping to open the center by the end of 2019

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Anxious Minds launches radio station to raise awareness about North East Mental Health

North East mental health charity Anxious Minds launches community radio station project to raise awareness and talk about self help tools and facts about mental health issues.

You can Listen to AM Radio North East 24 hours a day via our website

​You can download our app from the Google Play store and Amazon store on
various devices including mobile phones, tablet’s, android boxes and
kindle. Search AM Radio North East.

​If you have an Alexa device, you can listen to Nova Radio by simply saying
“Alexa, play Nova Radio NE through TuneIn” and enjoy the content.

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Gemma wins the double!

Congratulations and a big THANK YOU to Gemma Alibi for winning both student of the year and fundraiser of the year with Anxious Minds. Gemma came onboard with us earlier this year and from the beginning has shown great enthusiasm in raising both awareness and funds for the charity. 

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Our Kirsty wins Volunteer of the Year 2018

Congratulations and a HUGE THANK YOU to Kirsty Adams for all the help and support she has given to Anxious Minds over the past year. Kirsty is an asset to the running of the office and without her Eddie wouldn’t be able to find ANYTHING!

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The Purple Ladies Starts Young Anxious Minds

Saturday saw us visit the Anxious Minds offices. An amazingly tranquil calming environment upon entry We were given coffee & cake too :o)

We were shown around the offices & saw the treatment rooms as well as an amazing radio tech room which we hope to be involved within 2019.

We gladly presented our donation of £2,000, in memory of Jay Lennon,

Towards an underfunded but invaluable service meeting a range of my needs! Thank you, Eddie & Gemma, for a very warm welcome. Heres to the future !!

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gold star award

Anxious Minds is delighted to receive the Health Watch Star Award in recognition of the hard work of our team of volunteers.

Anxious Minds is the highest rated mental health service in North Tyneside.

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