A Message From Our Founder Eddie

Anxious Minds is a multi award winning charity. I Started our charity Anxious Minds in 2015, after struggling to find support for my own mental health, for over two years after leaving the Army with 22 years service. Using my savings and War Pension with the attitude, if you don’t like what is happening, then change it.

I have worked for the last five years as a volunteer, Chief Executive officer with what is now a multi-award winning mental health charity and will continue to work as a volunteer with the charity until people in crisis struggling with mental health both adults and children get the support they need and deserve. Nobody should have to go through what I went through when I couldn’t find the support I needed for my own mental health.

This is what the Prime Minister said about Eddie…

Eddie Dean, from Newcastle, used his army pension to fund his charity ‘Anxious Minds’ and help other veterans struggling with mental health issues. In a personal letter to Eddie, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “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.

Cabinet Member for the Community and Voluntary Sector Covid-19

Dear Eddie I do hope both you and your families are keeping safe during this unprecedented crisis brought about by the global Covid-19 pandemic. I have been so impressed to hear about the fantastic support you have offered to North Tyneside Residents during the Covid 19 lockdown. These has been a really challenging time and I really wanted to say thank you to you and everyone working with your organisation for the way you have responded. I am very proud to be the Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Community and Voluntary Sector and want you pass on my thanks to everyone involved.


I believe charity begins at home and that’s why I will never take a penny for my work as Chief Executive officer of the charity Anxious Minds. Its an honour to support the people we serve and to be a voice for people like me, who are struggling. People in crisis need someone to fight for them to get the support they need and deserve. I waited over 18 months for support and then paid privately to get what I needed for my PTSD and depression.

Millions of pounds each year go into buckets to support mental health across the country, yet we see very little changes when trying to access mental health services and support. Each year waiting lists for people with mental health get bigger and support gets less or reduced. Some charities Chief Executive officers are amongst the highest paid people in the country demanding six-figure salaries for the work they do for charity and the countries suicide rate and self-harm statistics continue to grow.

These Chief Executives use the excuse that if they were running large companies, they could demand this salary and that we are paying for their expertise to develop and grow the charity . The only differences is large companies earn the money they make and pay millions in taxes to support the country and communities. When Charities are given money, from grants, taxes and donations to support the communities they serve under the word charity.

CHARITY: a system of giving money, food, or help free to those who are in need because they are ill, poor, or have no home, or any organization that has the purpose of providing money or helping in this way:

We can’t change this now because it has been accepted by the general public, even though we are all unhappy about it. This will continue to happen no matter what I say. However we do have a choice were we put our donations.

“I personally couldn’t find any free support groups, education classes, or relaxation therapy that was immediately available in the Newcastle area when I was suffering with anxiety, depression and PTSD.”

Your Donation

If you donate and support our causes today you are directly helping us to reach out and influence more vulnerable people here in the North East. Anxious Minds is a Registered Charity Number 1164040. We are staffed mainly by volunteers, so any donations will go directly in to providing more services. Please give generously and we can do more. We put a lot of effort into supporting the people we serve this is because we care. We want to help and with your support, we can do so much more.

Donate in Memory

Raising funds and dominating in memory of a loved one is a very special and positive way to remember them. It can mean a lot during a time of sadness and can provide a tribute that lasts for many years. You can honour and celebrate their life in numerous ways: receiving donations instead of flowers, or simply collecting at a funeral can really help us. You could also make an online donation or create a tribute fund. Funeral directors can also collect donations online.

Joining and bringing together all your friends and family is a positive and lovely way to raise both funds and awareness for mental health charities. By donating, you are helping us to improve our resources and therefore having a positive impact on those who are suffering.
Email us at info@anxiousminds.co.uk or call 0191 262 0305

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