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Welcome to Wellbeing info Directory

This online guide was designed to give advice and information about how to keep your mind and body healthy and where to find help if you have a problem. There are two aspects of wellbeing; feeling good and functioning well, both of these are an important part of being healthy.

The development of this online directory follows the publication of Wellbeing Guides for Sunderland, South Tyneside and Gateshead offering self-help tips, general information and a guide to local services. The online version enables the reader to access more comprehensive service information and access links to other websites for more detailed information about areas of interest.

Whether you have a health concern yourself, are helping a friend or simply curious about emotional health and wellbeing we hope that you find the guides useful. We appreciate your feedback about the site and you can send any comments or suggestions to: admin@wellbeinginfo.org or call Washington Mind on 0191 417 8043.


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The aim of this new section of the website is just to bring a smile to your face!

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The Gateshead aspect of this site is no longer funded, therefore the information was correct as of 31st March 2014 but will not be updated. Information about Gateshead and wellbeing services can be found at ourgateshead.org

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Keeping vulnerable people in Sunderland safe
Press release from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue...
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Free Grow Wild Kits
Sunderland City Council has teamed up with Grow Wild to share thousands of free seed kits...
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Budget Consultation 2015/2016
Inivation from Vince Taylor, Head of Strategy and Performance from Sunderland City Council...
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Pre-Bookable Respite Care in South Tyneside
South Tyneside Council have commissioned three Residential and Nursing Homes within the Borough to provide pre bookable respite beds....
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ONS Personal Wellbeing in the UK 2013/14 report
On the 24 September the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published a report which concludes that people in the UK are more satisfied with their lives than at any time since 2011...
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Sunderland Fit Mamas!
Groundwork North East are currently delivering a postnatal fitness programme called Fit Mamas...
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Relaxed Performance of The Sunderland Empire Pantomime
Specifically catered for families and individuals with learning and behavioural disorders such as ASD, ADHD or Dementia...
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Giving Tuesday
On 2nd December the UK will celebrate GivingTuesday...
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Brand New Domestic Abuse Page on wellbeinginfo.org
The lastest addition to www.wellbeinginfo.org is a Domestic Abuse page! ...
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Northern Children's Book Festival
Sunderland are hosting the 31st Northern Children's Book Festival on 22 November with a Gala Day Pop up Festival at the City Library & Arts Centre and the Museum and Winter Gardens...
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Rainbows and Rollercoasters
A book about young carers, by young carers, for young carers...
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Event taking place to lean about volunteering
Local people interested in finding out more about volunteering to support people with drug and alcohol problems are invited to come along to a free event this Thursday....
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Sunderland City Council Rough Sleeper Estimate 2014
In 2010 the Government widened the definition of rough sleeping ...
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Local People Reaping Benefits of a Self-Help Scheme
Local people are reaping the benefits of a self-help scheme that supports mental health and wellbeing....
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12 Step Recovery Groups
Over the next couple of weeks, Achieve with NERAF in collaboration with Clean Sober Living will be delivering group sessions in Sunderland...
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Working Together to Improve Services
Have Your Say! - Organisations in South Tyneside are working together to improve services. ...
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Police Officers, Police Staff and Volunteers Wanted
Northumbria Police want to encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds with a broad range of life experiences to apply for voluntary, and paid, police officer and police staff, roles....
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Make Your Mark
A Day in the Life
An online project calling on people living with a mental health difficulty to blog about their lives....
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Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service – Industrial Action 2014
The Fire Brigade Union have announced their intention for further strike action...
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Sunderland Recovery College Prospectus
Prospectus Free Courses Autumn/Winter Guide: November - December 2014...
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Cycle for Life Taster Sessions
FREE taster sessions are being held which offer cycling tips and information as well as lots of fun ideas to make a bike trip even more enjoyable....
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Be Alert to the Signs and Symptoms of Bladder and Kidney Cancers
Local people are encouraged to be alert to the signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers...
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Local Agencies Join Forces to Promote Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing
Local agencies across South Tyneside came together to support a campaign aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues....
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Halifax Giving Extra Awards are back!
For the second year running, Halifax is recognising and rewarding those who give extra in their community....
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Cancer Awareness Project
Did you know that 42% of all deaths in South Tyneside in people under 75 years of age is due to cancer?...
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Bipolar Support in Sunderland
Bipolar UK support groups offer: Regular meetings (usually monthly), a friendly, confidential and accepting environment, peer support through group discussion, useful information , education and social activities....
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Get Growing for Movember
The Movember Foundation challenges men to bring the moustache back during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programmes....
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Flu Pilot begins in South Tyneside Primary Schools
A programme to protect around 11,000 South Tyneside primary school children from flu begins in South Shields this week....
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Funk Your Ribbon
For World AIDS Day - 1st December 2014...
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Surviving Suicide
Washington Mind is currently developing ‘Surviving Suicide’ a group approach that will allow survivors of suicide...
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120m Boost for Mental Health Care Waiting Time Targets
Nick Clegg will seek to end the second class treatment of mental illness in the NHS by announcing the coalition will set new waiting time targets for those afflicted by common mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety....
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Exciting News Form Time to Change
Time to Change share some exciting news as they release new data showing how much of an impact all of our work is making....
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College boosts Christmas staff recruitment
Sunderland College is working with businesses in the region to find and train potential employees as the demand for Christmas staff intensifies. ...
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Sunderland Young Achievers Awards 2015
Do you know a young person or a group of young people aged 8 to 20 years who have achieved something great this year?...
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2014 Stoptober Campaign Launched
Less smoking, more joking...
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Who Cares - Where next for women offender services
a Clinks report providing a snapshot into the experience of community based women offender services over the last 18 months....
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Data on Child Poverty
The North East Child Poverty Commission have created a facility on their website that brings together data on child poverty...
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Alcohol Awareness Week 2014
From 17th to the 23rd November...
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Community Lunch Club
The Sulgrave Centre in Washington have launched their new community lunch club which is open every Monday from 10.30am for coffee and a 2 course hot lunch will be served at 12 noon....
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Sunderland College boosts Christmas staff recruitment
Sunderland College is working with businesses in the region to find and train potential employees as the demand for Christmas staff intensifies. ...
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Damning Report on Health Inequalities
We have lived with a North-South health divide in England for a long time....
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Parkinson's, it's all in the genes
Scientists the Parkinson’s UK fund have discovered changes in 3 genes that may affect brain function...
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New Adult Dyslexia Support Sunderland
Meet the 1st Tuesday of each month 6.30-7.30 pm at the old Job Centre building in Pallion in Sunderland...
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Can You Help?
Washington Mind work in partnership with Sunderland Mind and Sunderland Counselling services to provide counselling for people across the City. Alongside our own bases we use GP surgeries to offer this free service for our local community....
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Smoking Can Damage Your Eyes!
Smoking can cause damage to the back of the eye....
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Hopewood Transport Service
Some patients from the South Tyneside area will now be receiving their care and treatment from Hopewood Park....
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Blood Test for Depression
Blood test for depression developed after scientists discover the condition causes a spike in certain chemicals...
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Stressed? Walking to work calms you down
Walking to work reduces stress and improves brain power, researchers say....
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Free APP Offering Help to People Considering Suicide
As part of World Suicide Prevention Day PHE has supported the launch of Stay Alive...
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Cost Of Dementia Care In UK Soars To 26bn
The cost of dementia to the UK has soared to 26bn a year - enough to pay the energy bills of every household in the country, according to the Alzheimer's Society....
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Students Missing out on Education because of Mental Illness
Time to Change have released new figures which show that three quarters of young people (77%) with mental health problems have missed out on education....
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Raising Awareness of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
As part of a national campaign to help parents better understand the risks of FASD...
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Adolescent Health Update 2014 published
AYPH's Adolescent Health Update 2014 has been published, giving a snapshot of the state of young people's health....
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Young People and Urgent Care Services
Health Watch South Tyneside are looking for young people in the age range 18-25yrs, to Complete a South Tyneside Urgent Care Survey and would the young people please be willing to fill it in. Completing it will take only a small amount of time. It’s imp...
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Mental Health Problems in Professional Sport
Mind publish report on mental health problems in professional sport...
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New BME Women's project in South Shields
Have you been in the UK for less than 10 years, on a spouse visa or indefinite leave?...
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Health Chiefs reverse their decision to close RVI Eating Disorder Service
NTW have responded to the concerns of service-users over closure of the Richardson Eating Disorder Service (REDS) at Newcastle RVI....
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The Innocent Big Knit
Every Year across the UK and Ireland, people just like you give their time - and wool - to knit little hats!...
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Changing Futures
See a range of courses for adults starting in September 2014...
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Transport to Local Super Markets
If you live in the Sunderland Coalfield area you can benfit from this scheme ...
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South Tyneside's Role Model
A diabetes sufferer who campaigns tirelessly for better treatment for people in South Tyneside has been named Role Model of the year....
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A Diabetes One Stop Shop
A medical support group is hoping people in South Tyneside will log on to help establish a “one stop” diabetes shop....
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The Government Publishes Regulations on Standard Cigarette Packs
Laws requiring standardised (“plain”) packaging of cigarettes in the UK must be in place by the next election, health and medical organisations have warned....
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Do You Have Any Books Gathering Dust?
Back on the Map in Hendon can put them to good use!...
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Potential Placement Employers Wanted
Could you host a 16-18 year old for 13 weeks for up to 20 hours per week ?...
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The Social Benefits of Sports Participation
Two reports from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) provide new evidence of the social impacts of engagement in sport and culture....
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A New Perspective on ADHD?
Deeper understanding is required to help children with ‘ADHD’ rather than listing the symptoms associated with this disease....
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E-Cigarettes poison warning
E-Cigarettes contain a liquid nicotine solution which can be very poisonous...
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Free IT support for disabled people
Reliable access to computers and the internet can change the lives of disabled people. Some people need specialist equipment but many use standard computer equipment, or new technology such as tablets and mobile phones. Some need help to choose the right ...
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Furniture Appeal
Your unwanted furniture could help a family in need...
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Do You Have an Alcohol Policy in Place at Work
Alcohol costs the UK economy £6.4 bn a year. It's the major cause of absenteeism, inability to work and premature death....
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