If you live in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Teeside, or Durham (or from anywhere really!), you are very welcome to come along to any of our meetings in Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Our meetings are friendly and informal. They are open to all adults who have had a diagnosis or are in the process of seeking a diagnosis of AD/HD and partners of adults with AD/HD.
The Adult ADHD Service provides an assessment and treatment service for adults who are experiencing difficulty with symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The team is made up of a number of health care professionals. Download the service’s Patient Information Leaflet here.
This web site provides people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance – parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals.
A readable, user friendly leaflet from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, providing accurate information about ADHD in adults.
Alzheimer’s Disease – (see Dementia)
Anxiety Alliance is run by former anxiety sufferers. The co-founders have a combined experience of over fifty years helping, advising and supporting both sufferers of anxiety disorders and their family and friends. The Anxiety Alliance offers: fact sheets; self-help booklets; relaxation audio tapes and CDs; books; both telephone and on-line self-help groups; and on-line forums. The confidential and impartial helpline is available from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday to Friday, with a panic advice line from 10 pm until 10 am every night. Advice and support may be gained by e-mailing the alliance’s volunteers. All calls and e-mails are in the strictest confidence.
ANXIETY UK is a national registered charity and user-led organisation, run by sufferers and ex-sufferers of anxiety disorders supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel. ANXIETY UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy services. The organisation works regularly with external agencies and healthcare professionals to improve the service provision offered in the main to those living with anxiety disorders. ANXIETY UK also campaigns to raise awareness of anxiety disorders through holding events like an annual ‘Anxiety Disorders Awareness Week’. ANXIETY UK can provide support and help if you’ve been diagnosed with, or suspect you may have an anxiety condition. The charity can also help you deal with specific phobias such as fear of spiders, blushing, vomiting, being alone, public speaking, heights – in fact, any fear that’s stopped you from getting on with your life.
Dental Fear Central was started in 2004 in response to a lack of in-depth information on the topic of dental phobia and anxiety from the perspective of people who actually suffer with these fears. The site is non-commercial, non-profit and its target groups include: anyone suffering with dental phobia or specific dental fears; dental professionals and dental students.
The NHS Choices web site explains the condition Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and its treatments in an easy and comprehensive way in words, pictures and video. Top doctors and health professionals share their knowledge and advice while patients give an insight into coping with this particular condition and treatments.
OCD Action is the largest national charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. They provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and frontline healthcare workers and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD.
OCD-UK is a leading national charity, independently working with and for people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Its objective is to make a positive and meaningful difference in the everyday lives of people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by providing accessible and effective support services and by campaigning for improved access and quality treatment and care for people with OCD to ensure that every person affected by OCD receives the quality of treatment and care that they deserve. OCD-UK facilitates a safe environment for people affected by OCD to communicate with each other and provide mutual understanding and support.
This leaflet may be helpful for anyone who finds their anxiety is a problem – but also for any friends and relatives who want to understand more about it.
This leaflet is aimed at: anyone who cares for and supports a person with anxiety and/or phobias (referred to as ‘carers’ in this leaflet); any professional who provides care and treatment for someone with these difficulties.
This leaflet is for anyone who finds shyness a problem, or who suffers from a social phobia. It may also be helpful for friends or family who want to be able to understand and help.
This leaflet may be helpful if you: have been prescribed benzodiazepines; have used benzodiazepines; know someone who has been prescribed benzodiazepines; are worried about addiction and withdrawal effects with these medications.
The Social Anxiety Forums is an online community for people who suffer from social anxiety.
This web site has a number of Social Anxiety Disorder Forums and forums organised by regions, including ‘Social Anxiety UK’. There are also forums devoted to other related disorders such as agoraphobia, depression, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder and avoidant personality disorder.
A discussion forum for people with anxiety disorders and sufferers from panic attacks.
MDF The Bipolar Organisation works to enable people affected by bipolar disorder / manic depression to take control of their lives.
Readable and well-researched information on bipolar disorder for the public from The Royal College of Psychiatrists. Information can be found in leaflets and books.
Black and Ethnic Minorities
CMHA provides a diverse range of services with the aim of serving Chinese people who suffer from mental health related issues and problems. They also provide support for their carers who may not be familiar with all the nuances of traditional Chinese culture. As different people have a variety of needs, the services cater to all ages and socio-economic demographics. CMHA are actively involved in providing direct services, increasing mental health awareness, representing Chinese mental health issues in the public forum and raising its profile in the Chinese community.
JAMI was founded in 1989 by parents, relatives and friends of people with mental ill health. JAMI provides a range of culturally specific services for Jewish people who have a severe and enduring mental illness. JAMI is recovery orientated and committed to working alongside statutory services to provide a high quality community-based service which enables people to maximise their potential and take control of their own recovery.
Vietnamese Mental Health Services (VMHS) provides services for Vietnamese people with mental health difficulties and their families living in London and beyond (The service covers England and Wales). VMHS’ aims are to increase access to adequate and appropriate health and social care for all Vietnamese people who have mental health difficulties and for their carers; and to provide a quality, culturally sensitive service to these people.
You may find this leaflet helpful if: you have experienced delirium; you know someone with delirium; you are looking after someone with delirium.
The Age UK Group works to improve later life for everyone by providing life-enhancing services and vital support. Age UK has a vision of a world in which older people flourish. It aims to improve later life for everyone through its information and advice, campaigns, products, training and research.
Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) is the umbrella organisation of Alzheimer associations around the world. ADI aims to help establish and strengthen Alzheimer associations throughout the world, and to raise global awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and all other causes of dementia.
Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many of the 25,000 members have personal experience of dementia, as carers, health professionals or people with dementia themselves, and their experiences help to inform the work of the organisation.
The mission of Dementia UK is to improve quality of life for all people affected by dementia. It aims to: promote and develop Admiral Nursing – a specialist nursing intervention focused on meeting the needs of carers and families of people with dementia; provide high quality training for professionals working with older people, carers and people with dementia; promote good practice in dementia care; work in partnership with the NHS, social services, other voluntary groups, carers and people with dementia; contribute to national policy on dementia, older people and carers’ issues; and influence practice and policy development.
DemTalk is the online toolkit for effective communication with and for people living with dementia. It offers free advice and shares ideas about how everyone can make communication easier and better. Different versions of the toolkit are tailored for different people.
Readable and well-researched information for the public on Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Readable and well-researched information for the public on memory problems, Alzheimer’s and dementia.
A leaflet which challenges our attitudes towards people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
A web site for people who work with people with dementia in nursing, residential or domiciliary settings. The site has lots of practical tips, tools and activities that will help practitioners with their daily work. Each section has been written by a national dementia expert.
Department of Health
Links from this page describe some of the Department of Health’s policy areas in the field of mental health. Its policies need to focus on outcomes, emphasising identification of what actually happens to the health of the patient as a result of the treatment and care they receive, as well as giving emphasis to the voice of patients and service users.
Founded by his family to commemorate Charlie Waller, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust aims to raise awareness of the nature and dangers of depression, reduce stigma and encourage those who may be depressed to seek help.
Depression Alliance works to relieve and to prevent depression by providing information and support services to those who are affected by it via its publications, and network of self-help groups for people affected by depression. A user-focussed organisation, it has offices in England and a sister charity in Scotland.
A web site providing general information about depression in young people. It is intended that it be used as a resource to help users to recognise the symptoms associated with the condition as well as offering some suggestions about ways to combat these symptoms.
‘Depression UK’ (D-UK) is a national self help organisation that has operated within the United Kingdom ever since it was founded in 1973. It was first registered as a charity in 1979. Depression UK has several hundred members who either suffer from depression or have suffered from it in the past, or who care about such people. Their anonymity is strictly preserved. The charity wishes to help anyone who is troubled by depression and to provide support for their carers. Depression UK issues a newsletter at least four times a year and operates pen friend and phone friend schemes.
FAD FC was set up in 2012 as an internet based information website to try and support footballers who might be at risk of experiencing mental health problems. The project provides professional footballers, managers, coaches, referees and anyone else involved in football with information on mental health. This information is not to diagnose a mental illness but to help spot the signs of it and how it can be treated.
This leaflet is for anyone who wants to know more about antidepressants. It discusses how they work, why they are prescribed, their effects and side-effects, and alternative treatments.
Readable and well-researched information on depression for the public from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Information includes leaflets, books and an audio cassette.
This leaflet is written for people over 65 who have depression. We hope it will also be helpful for relatives, friends and carers. It covers: the symptoms of depression; how it can be helped; some suggestions for further reading.
The Students Against Depression website has over 70 pages of information, resources and real student stories to help students affected by low mood, depression or suicidal thinking. The site deals with suicide, ‘How Depression Works’, ‘Depression in Context’, ‘Strategies For Tackling Depression’ and ‘Getting Support and Help’. The web site is owned by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.
A website and peer support forum created for people living with mental ill health. Here you will find information on the illnesses affecting you, medications and therapies available as well as the support forum where you can meet and talk to others who fully understand living life this way.
The web site of Anna Paterson, a former chronic anorexia sufferer. She shares information about eating disorders and provides a section providing answers to frequently asked questions.
beat is the leading UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. beat is the working name of the Eating Disorders Association.
The National Centre for Eating Disorders, established in 1984, provides counselling solutions for all the eating disorders, including binge eating, yo-yo dieting, bulimia, fear of eating and anorexia. It also provides innovative and practical training courses for health professionals working with eating disorders.
NIWE is an independent initiative started in 1988 by a multi-disciplinary steering group, in response to women asking for support because of problems around food such as not being able to eat, eating and getting rid of food, compulsively eating and other issues.
Readable and well-researched information on eating disorders for the public from The Royal College of Psychiatrists. Information includes leaflets and books.
A service providing support for sufferers of eating disorders in Somerset and surrounding counties. The web site provides information, some in the form of SWEDA’s publications.
YoungMinds is a national charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of all children and young people.
Food and Mood
One self-help strategy is to make changes to what we eat, and there is a growing interest in how food and nutrition can affect emotional and mental health.
This leaflet is for anyone who wants to find out about the medications used to help stabilise unhelpful mood swings and to control mania. It discusses how they work, why they are prescribed, their effects, side-effects and some alternatives.
Manic Depression – (see Bipolar Disorder)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – (see Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders)
Panic Disorders (see Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
About Turn CIC is a social enterprise that aims to improve the lives of ex-service personnel and their families through the development and delivery of wrap around services. As well as running tailored programmes, they also coordinate the implementation and roll-out of Forces for Good Projects for ex-servicemen and women who are unemployed, experiencing homelessness or housing problems, substance misuse problems, mental health and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.
This leaflet may be useful if: you have been through a traumatic experience and want to understand more about how you are feeling; you know someone who has been through a traumatic experience, and want to get a better idea of how they might be feeling.
This is the web site of Andy, a British ex-Bosnia veteran who served 9 years in the British Army. He is not a medical person, just a fellow sufferer who would like to help ex-service personnel.
This group is for people who hear, or who have heard voices. We can share support, strategies for living with voices, and other ideas.
National Perceptions Forum (formerly known as Voices Forum)
The Perceptions Forum is a forum which gives an active voice to people who hear voices in the head, people who have perceptions which the normal people aren’t able to observe, people with schizophrenia, psychosis, paranoia, mental illness, hebephrenia, mania, schizophrenic spectrum disorders, and other forms of madness.
Rethink Mental Illness was founded over 30 years ago (as the National Schizophrenia Fellowship) to give a voice to people affected by severe mental illness. Rethink Mental Illness helps over 48,000 people every year through its services, support groups and by providing information on mental health problems. Rethink Mental Illness carries out research which informs both its own and national mental health policy and actively campaigns for change through greater awareness and understanding. And the organisation is dedicated to creating a world where prejudice and discrimination are eliminated.
This leaflet is for: anyone who has been given a diagnosis of schizophrenia; anyone who thinks they might have schizophrenia; and friends and relatives of someone who has been given this diagnosis.
Started in 1995, Schizophrenia.com is a leading non-profit web community dedicated to providing high quality information, support and education to the family members, caregivers and individuals whose lives have been impacted by schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia – (see Psychosis and Schizophrenia)
Seasonal Affective Disorder
SAD.org.uk are a small UK National Voluntary Organisation dedicated to supporting people who are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder by helping them find support, advice and information on the diagnosis and treatment of SAD.
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