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Five-a-day for health and happiness

Building small actions into your daily life can make you feel good,and feeling good is an important part of being healthy. There are 5 ways to wellbeing that are proven to make a real difference to you.

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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 from the Sunderland and South Tyneside areas 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: or call Washington Mind on 0191 417 8043.

The recent events over the last few days have been causing a lot of anxiety in us adults so imagine how scary a time this is for children and young people. We saw the below video and thought it was a good example of how a great dad can help his son understand. 

If you need any help to talk about the recent events, please click here to see a fab article containing advice on what to do if you are upset by things you read in the news.

French father and son have the most precious conversation in i...

A father and son have the most precious conversation during an interview by french media at the scene of the Bataclan attacks. I saw that it hadn't been subtitled in english yet, so I made a quick edit to show the rest of the world how freakin awesome some of our citizens are. They're my heros. I feel better too now! #paris #bataclan #parisattacksImages and interview are a courtesy of Le Petit Journal . Thank you so much to the LPJ team for this interview and a very touching segment yesterday! Also, thank you for letting this video be accessed by all and not putting it down. Thank you to Angel Le (father) and Brandon (son) for brightening up our day. <3 Original Segment: Video (without subtitles):

Posted by Jerome Isaac Rousseau on Monday, November 16, 2015
NE Boiler Scheme
Heating up for Vulnerable people...
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The Sunderland Move to Improve Programme
A prescribed exercise programme to improve long term conditions and prevent deterioration!...
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Millions find it difficult to admit to being lonely
even to friends and family...
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Air Quality Survey
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) has launched a survey on air quality to find out the effects air pollution has on our supporters and their views on the issue. ...
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Sunderland Recovery College Prospectus Jan 2016
Free recovery focused educational courses for people with lived mental health experience, their friends and family ...
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Sunderland Young Achievers 2016
If you know a young person or a group aged 8-20 in Sunderland who has achieved something great this year why not nominate them for a Young Achiever’s Award. ...
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Five Year Forward View Mental Health Taskforce
The 'Mental Health Five Year Forward View' will clearly set out how national bodies will work together between now and 2021 ...
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Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice
An LGB&T Briefing...
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LGB&T People and Mental Health
Resources for practitioners and service users...
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NHS England Commissioning Intentions
NHS England publishes its commissioning intentions for specialised services 2016/17...
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Avoidable GP Appointments
One in four GP appointments potentially avoidable As part of the work NHS England...
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Children Seeking Mental Health Advice On Internet
Children in England are turning to the internet for advice on mental health instead of talking to their school nurse or GP, it is claimed. ...
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It's Over2You
Over2You is looking for volunteers who will receive accredited training and develop skills to be able to hold Information & Advocacy Sessions to people accessing services. ...
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Uncomfortable Talking about Mental Health
New Time to Change survey has revealed that nearly a third of people in England (28%) would feel uncomfortable asking someone close to them about their mental health problem. ...
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New Bridge Over the Wear
The new bridge will cross the River Wear between Wessington Way in Castletown and European Way in Pallion. ...
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North East has Biggest Drop in Smoking in the Country
“Model for the rest of the country” says Public Health England...
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Do I have postnatal depression?
Causes, symptoms and treatments with Closer Magazine...
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Smoking in cars with children is now banned
Experiment reveals that even with a window open, children are exposed to levels of dangerous chemicals more than a hundred times higher than recommended safety guidelines...
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World Suicide Prevention Conference 2015 News
On 10th September 2015 Washington Mind hosted a ‘Men….it’s time to talk’ World Suicide Prevention Day Conference at the Quay Side Exchange in Sunderland's East End. ...
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MS Society Launch New Campaign
MS Society launched a campaign focussing on ‘Early Treatment’...
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Sunderland Learning Disability Partnership Board
The Partnership Board would like to hear from people with Learning Disabilities and Family Carers. ...
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Calling all Smokers in South Tyneside
Smokers in South Tyneside are being warned that they could be increasing their chances of developing the most common form of sight loss among the elderly sooner, unless they quit....
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Sunderland Literature Festival 2015
The annual celebration of the writen word...
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Sunderland Health Champions New Dates
The Health Champion programme aims to develop community leadership skills with FREE courses, so that passionate individuals can make a difference to health in their work, community and social networks....
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Brand New Community Learning Opportunities
Are you over the age of 19 years, experiencing mild to moderate depression and living in Sunderland?...
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Suicide Risk Behaviour Patterns Identified
Depressed people who display "risky behaviour", agitation and impulsivity are at least 50% more likely to attempt suicide, a study has found. ...
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A LIFE Worth Living is reaching out to Men
The Matt Palmer Trust has kindly funded Washington Mind to deliver A LIFE Worth Living suicide prevention training to reach out to the men in our community. ...
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NEW Active Sunderland 3-2-1 Routes
The Active Sunderland 3-2-1 routes are circular routes of varying distances which you can either walk, jog or run....
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Are you a Veteran?
Have you experienced symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? ...
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Parkrun Needs Your Time!
Volunteers needed!...
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Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England 2014
NatCen Social Research (NatCen) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) carried out the survey on behalf of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). ...
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How Do You Tell Your Loved Ones You Have Depression
One in four Britons experiences a mental-health problem each year...
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Sunderland Recovery College New Prospectus
Prospectus Free Courses Autumn/Winter Guide...
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NHS Annual Report
The 2014 - 2015 Annual Report has been published....
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Time to Change Latest Survey
Public are less likely to discriminate against people with mental health problems....
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YoungMinds Parents Say
YoungMinds is working with NHS England to support the participation of parents and carers in improving mental health services for children and young people....
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Talk Cancer Training Bursary
Enabling People to attend one Talk Cancer TRaining Workshop without the need to pay the normal attendance fee...
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Committed to Pupils and Staff Health and Wellbeing
Local schools and workplaces are recognised for their commitment to promoting health and wellbeing....
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E.ONs Best Energy Package for People 60 and Over
A message from Carly Connolly at Age UK Sunderland...
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Right here, right now
A national report looking at peoples experiences of help, care and support during mental health crisis....
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Early Care Can Prevent a Mental Health Crisis
Following on from the Care Quality Commission report on crisis care for people with mental health problems...
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Postnatal Depression in New Dads
Extra emotional and financial responsibility coupled with a lack of sleep and more to do at home all affect new parent’s mental wellbeing, the National Childbirth Trust said....
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Campaign for Sensory Crossing in South Tyneside
Service user Ronnie Miller, is leading a campaign which he hopes will result in the eventual installation of sensory triggers across South Tyneside....
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The Men's Shed at Bede's World is now open for business!
The Men's Shed scheme has been put in place for men over the age of 55 to come and meet up in a safe environment where they can share and develop their skills and hobbies. ...
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Staff Wellbeing in the Voluntary and Public Sectors
The Guardian has published a survey exploring the mental and physical wellbeing of the public and voluntary sector's workforce. ...
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Change 4 Life South Tyneside Training
First Contact Clinical is working in partnership with South Tyneside Council as the commissioned training provider for the Change 4 Life programme. ...
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Substance Misuse and Addiction Anti-Stigma Campaign for Carers
Sunderland Carers’ Centre has launched a new Substance Misuse and Addiction Anti-Stigma Campaign for Carers. ...
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Support 4 Separated Parents - Freephone helpline
This service is being piloted in the Northumberland and Tyne and Wear area....
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New App for Depression Sufferers
The NHS is launching phone apps to help people cope with depression...
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Healthwatch Sunderland Dementia Report - positive developments
Healthwatch Sunderland are pleased to feed back that our report around Dementia, Hospital Discharge and Elderly Hospital Care has been picked up by Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group with a very positive and active response. ...
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Companies More Proactive Around Mental Wellbeing
More than half (52%) of UK HR professionals now regularly engage with their staff to gain an insight into their mental wellbeing...
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Have you experienced the loss of a baby?
New support group...
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