Anxious Minds


Anxious Minds is committed to improving the mental well-being of the people we serve. We work to a strong set of values, and we uphold these at all times.
We believe that people who suffer from anxiety and depression do not receive enough support, and that is why this charity was started. We want to help those who suffer from these crippling disorders. Sufferers can often feel isolated and lonely, believing there is something wrong with them. This is not the case. Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain.

Anxious minds was founded in 2015 stemming from the CEO’s very own personal experiences. We have visions to create a web space for people to share, discuss and offload personal problems, find support and get useful information.
We use technology to connect people, promote mental wellbeing and help prevent suicide.
Anxious minds is open to people over 18.
We are non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit .
Our service is non-judgemental, confidential and anonymous*

The is a website that helps people get help or help themselves, this lets people know that they are not alone and facilitates a safe online community space that allows people to open up and reach out for help.

Anxious minds provides a 3 tiered approach to mental wellbeing:

Information Centre & App Online Facebook Group.

Support Groups & Telephone Calls and Texts, Relaxation Techniques.

Signposting to Facilitated Online Support Group, Structured Support Groups and Online Counselling.

Anxious Minds



New North East Charity Anxious minds has just secured North East

actress and presenter Denise Welch as its patron

“I am proud to be a patron

of Anxious Minds

I have suffered anxiety and

depression for over 25 yrs now. I

talk about it openly and find it is

definately good to share

experiences, although there have

been times I couldn’t say a word.

Just knowing that you are not

alone, that other people feel the

same, that there are people who

want to listen can sometimes be

all it takes to start feeling a little

better. Anxious Minds helps by

bridging the gap between

reaching out and receiving

professional treatment.

Sometimes being around those

who understand can be the best

treatment of all. But for those

who need medical or psychiatric

help you have somewhere to go

for now. Anxious minds goal

with both the website and charity

is to support and encourage other

sufferers of anxiety and

depression, giving them the

strength to fight back and help

themselves, while waiting for

professional support. It’s also

about raising awareness

regarding Mental Health, and

encouraging others to come

forward and speak out if they

need support. There is no shame

in being ill, and it doesn’t mean

that you are weak.

Together we can

beat anxiety and


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support groups and training courses, You can register for online

support groups by visiting our Google plus page and joining our

circle or visit the website and click the link.

Sometimes we just

need a friend



It’s all in our genes, and

thats what makes us


Some people are genetically

prone to both anxiety and

depression, and we often simply

live more stressful and

demanding lives then others.

Our vision is to become part of

the solution, fighting back and

taking control of your own life is

better than sitting around and

making excuses, this doesn’t

accomplish anything; it simply

prolongs the suffering, together

we are stronger.

However, please understand that

we are primarily providing

support and sharing thoughts,

ideas and information. We are

NOT medical professionals, and

the information here should not

be taken as medical advice, nor

deemed to replace such.

What we do have, however, is

first-hand experience with

anxiety and depression. We have

studied and lived with it for many

years. Doctors and psychiatrists

are highly educated, but not all of

them understand the toll it takes

to go through pharmacological

treatment for a condition such as

extreme anxiety or major

depression. There are certain

experiences (e.g. medication side

effects, withdrawals, coping,

understanding and managing

your condition) that are best

described from a patient’s


It is important to understand that

we can recover from these

crippling disorders. I am well on

my way to recovering, and

thousands of others have

recovered before me. You just

need to keep fighting and never

give up; you cannot rule out

recovery until you have tried

every treatment method, of which

there are many.

Remember, it just takes time and

you’re certainly not alone. It is

estimated that one in five people

suffer from anxiety and

depression at some point in their


We need to learn how to relax

and look after our body and mind

properly. That’s why we are here

at Anxious Minds.

We call our support groups

the ‘Let’s Talk Project’. It is

all about getting sufferers of

anxiety and depression

supporting each other.



The Outreach Program

provides support to enable

individuals to recover,

develop coping strategies

and stay well.



The Text From A Friend

project was created to

support you when you’re

feeling alone.



These classes and

workshops are provided free

of charge as part of the

recovery program

working towards

a better mental

health support

program in the

North East

Anxious minds (Eddie)

Why start another charity,

After leaving the Armed Forces, I

was diagnosed with clinical

depression, chronic anxiety and


I found myself on a waiting list

for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

(CBT), and was offered mindaltering

medication to help me

until my name came up. This was

not acceptable to me, but I had

little choice; there were few other

options available at the time.

So I waited, and weeks turned

into months. All the time, I was

getting worse, and I had heard

nothing back from the NHS.

Eventually, I got a place with a

mental health nurse from a

mental health charity that

supported veterans. I would see

him once every two weeks for an

hour, and he would tell me all

about the anxiety cycle. If I was

having a good day, I would

attend, and if not, I just wouldn’t

make it to the treatment.

After six months, I gave up

because I felt it was simply not

enough support for me to recover.

My panic attacks were getting

more frequent, and I could barely

function as a person.

I found myself doing what is

typical of anxiety and

depression sufferers; isolating

myself by withdrawing, and

locking myself away.

Life was one big battle, and one

that I was losing.

I ended up contacting all of the

other charities that supported

veterans and begged for support,

but nobody could help me. They

would just refer me back to the

NHS, who’s waiting list I was

already on.

One other veteran charity gave

me a little money that they got

from my regiment, so I could see

a private mental health specialist

and be treated for a couple more

weeks until the money ran

out. Feeling lost and alone, I

didn’t know what to do or where

to turn. All of the support that is

claimed to be provided to

veterans and people suffering

from mental health had vanished,

and I had tried everyone.

So, with the encouragement of a

close friend, I decided that if I’m

ever going to get better and make

a recovery, I would need to do

this by myself.

By this time, almost 2 years of

my life had passed and I was still

no further forward in making a

recovery. If anything, I was

getting worse. I started educating

myself about anxiety and the

mind, and looked at self-help

techniques. I started treating

myself regularly, together with a

nutritional diet and fitness


Within mere weeks, my panic

attacks had stopped, and I could

leave the house and go to the

shops again. Already I could feel

my anxiety decreasing and my

depression lifting. A year on, I

am still fighting every day

getting stronger and stronger. I

am determined to beat anxiety

and depression for good, and of

that I am 100% sure.

I have achieved so much in a

short period of time, and my life

has changed for the better since I

started fighting back. I lost the

first battle, by doing nothing

when waiting for professional

support, but I will win the war.

Now I’m helping and

encouraging as many others as

possible to take up the fight; it’s

about taking control of your own

life, and understanding what is

happening and how to deal with

each situation as it arises. I have

identified every factor that has

helped me on my journey back

on the road to recovery, and this

has enabled me to pinpoint

exactly what techniques do and

don’t work for most people. I

have not yet found a person that

we have not been able to support

and who hasn’t been helped by

my techniques and the numbers

continue to grow.

It is crucial to understand that,

no matter how much of a grip

your anxiety or depression has

on you at the moment, it CAN be


Suffering from anxiety can waste

years of your life.

Anxious Minds offers support to

all sufferers of anxiety and

depression while waiting for or

considering professional mental

health treatment.

We empower people to help

themselves; your not alone

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VLOG Therapy

One of Anxious minds

charities objectives is to

raise awareness about

mental health and we want

to help others to manage

their conditions .

Check out our YouTube

channel, We upload 2

videos a week

The channel was created

by Adam as part of his

recovery program, we

follow Adam an his

journey to learn to manage

and overcome his panic


As well as learning useful

tips on helping yourself to

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Finding the strength

An Introduction To


Self-esteem is today one of the main

and most important topics discussed

in psychology. In our ego centered

societies, reaching a high level of

self-esteem for yourself is seen as a

form of success, or even of

completion. The importance of the

concept of self-esteem sometimes

shows through declarations made by

the States themselves, as it was the

case in California in 1990, with the

California Task Force to promote

self-esteem and responsibility: “the

lack of self-esteem is central to most

personal and social ills plaguing our

state and nation”. The words that

are being used here can seem

unusually strong compared to the

perceived importance of the issue by

the general public.

To assess the real, accurate weight

of the notion of self-esteem in our

society, let us first try to define the

concept. Self-esteem is actually a

fundamental concept of the

personality, encompassing three

major components of the Self:

behavioral, cognitive and emotional.

First, the behavioral aspect of selfesteem

can be found in how the

latter has a power of influence on

our capacity to take action and how

it feeds itself and grows along with

our successes. Then, the cognitive

aspect is expressed through the fact

that self-esteem is highly dependent

on how we judge ourselves, and how

this judgement can also influence

our level of self-esteem. Finally,

self-esteem is linked to emotions as

it relies on our basic mood while

also greatly influencing it. In a

nutshell, a good level of self-esteem

can help you be emotionally stable,

perform a reliable and accurate

evaluation of yourself and engage in

action more easily.

In most cases, self-esteem is

adjusted depending on the people

present in our immediate

environment. In reality, the concept

of self-esteem cannot be conceived

outside of a social group, a social

environment. How would you judge

yourself if you had nothing to

compare yourself with? Many

studies have shown that for most of

us, it is very important to be “better

than average effect”. In other words,

our self-esteem is mainly based on

how we perceive ourselves in

comparison to the others, where we

place ourselves in the ‘people living

on this planet’ ranking table. It may

be surprising, but the crushing

majority of people actually do

believe they are better than others.

In that regards, 90% of businessmen

think of themselves as superior to

the average businessman, 70% of

top university students think they are

more intelligent than average and

90% of high-school teachers believe

they are better than their colleagues.

When it comes to friends, people

still believe they are better than

them, but they nevertheless consider

them as being much better than the

average person. It can seem nice at

first sight, but this is actually related

to our own self-esteem: if my

friends are great people, and I

happen to be even greater than them,

I must be a really exceptional


For some academics, self-esteem

can even be regarded as a

“sociometer”. This means that we

base our own self-esteem on

whether people like or reject us, on

where we feel we belong in the

social scale of our environment.

The more approbation one receives

from his peers, the higher his selfesteem

is likely to be. What is

important here is to feel loved, but

not so much to be dominant. Being

appreciated is more important than

being the best, and this is where

self-esteem differs from the notion

of leadership – leadership is more

likely to trigger self-satisfaction. We

can take the example of a school

class to illustrate this example: the

most popular kid in the class can

have more self-esteem than the kid

getting the best grades.

The roots of self-esteem go back to

the childhood of a person, and more

precisely to the relationship that

person had with her parents. Indeed,

to saw its seeds in the long term,

self-esteem needs to be nurtured

with the unconditional love of the

parents, a form of love that is

completely disconnected from

performance – may it be good

grades, sports performances or any

other thing.

also be less affected by it; while the

latter will put the blame on external

factors for his failure, the one with

low levels of self-esteem will

automatically blame himself (‘I’m

not worth it’, ‘I suck’), thus

lowering his self-esteem even more.

It is possible to measure self-esteem

in one given individual, and several

methods are available for that. One

of them has been developed in 1967

by Stanley Cooper Smith and is still

largely used today. Three main

dimensions are present in his

inventory: general self-esteem,

family self-esteem and social selfesteem.

If the child evolves in an

environment suitable for him to

identify that his value is not linked

to his level, then he is more likely to

have a high self-esteem later in his

adult life because he will have no, or

a very small, fear to fail. If failure

does occur, a person with a higher

level of self-esteem will also be less

affected by it; while the latter will

put the blame on external factors for

his failure, the one with low levels

of self-esteem will automatically

blame himself (‘I’m not worth it’, ‘I

suck’), thus lowering his self-esteem

even more. It is possible to measure

self-esteem in one given individual,

and several methods are available

for that. One of them has been

developed in 1967 by Stanley

Cooper Smith and is still largely

used today. Three main dimensions

are present in his inventory: general

self-esteem, family self-esteem and

social self-esteem.

In our daily life, self-esteem has

built a strong link with optimism. If

you are optimistic about your

chances to succeed in a project you

need or would like to engage in, not

only your final success will be more

likely but it will also bring you a

raise in your self-esteem level as

you can be proud of yourself.

Optimism itself will grow bigger as

well, triggering the start of a

virtuous circle. Resources and

optimism used can be behavioral (if

your behavior can influence the way

the situation will turn out

eventually) or emotional (if you

have no control at all over the

situation). Adaptability is thus

influenced by self-esteem. This

explains why people with a low selfesteem

take less action than the

others and, in the end, succeed less.

If you think this is your case, you

need to take action now!

Anxious Minds providing support when needed for

people suffering with Mental Health issues, you’re

not alone.........

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If we want better Mental

Health services in the

North East support

Anxious Minds.

Leading North East brand and digital agency

Unwritten Creative has given a reboot to a new

mental health charity for people suffering anxiety

and depression.

Anxious Minds was set up by Edward Dean after

he struggled to access support when he suffered

mental health problems after leaving a career in the

Armed Forces.

Edward spent 22 years in the Army, serving in

many theaters of operation including Iraq, Kosovo,

Bosnia and Northern Ireland before delivering

operational training for troops heading out to


Diagnosed with clinical depression, chronic anxiety

and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he waited

almost a year on the NHS for treatment that never

came. Eventually, he was offered help from a

charity that supported veterans, but only in the

form of one therapy session every two weeks.

Deciding it wasn’t enough, and that there must be

many others in the same boat, he set up Anxious

Minds to provide support to all sufferers of Anxiety

and Depression. The charity has just secured North

East actress and presenter Denise Welch as its


The Newcastle charity enlisted the help of

Unwritten Creative to ensure its key messages were

delivered to those needing support. The brand

revamp has been made ahead of Newcastle Mental

Health Day on Saturday (Feb 6 th ) together with the

introduction of Anxious Minds new Mental Health

YouTube Channel, VLOG Therapy.

Unwritten Creative director Lisa Eaton said:

“We’re thrilled to have been involved and to help

such an important cause. All too often those with

mental health problems are left floundering. The

statistics involved are shocking. Many of those on

waiting lists attempt suicide before they are ever


The new brand identity is more visual and emotive;

it concentrates on what can be achieved when the

right help is offered.”

Unwritten Creative has revamped the Anxious

Minds website and branding along with creating

corporate literature which will be used to help the

charity secure funding. When it first launched in

2015, the charity was solely funded by Edwards’s

war pension but it is now applying for grants and is

looking for sponsorship from North East


Edward said: “Anxious Minds is all about offering

early intervention to those who need help. We’re

thrilled with our new branding. It portrays our key

messages in a way which is really easy to access

and digest.”

Anxious Minds runs physical and virtual peer

support groups along with mindfulness therapy and

educational training. It is also in talks to offer

cognitive behavior therapy online.

Edward added: “What got me through difficult

times was understanding why I was feeling the way

I was, finding out what I could do about it and

putting that into practice. Our new branding is all

part of us being able to offer that to others so they

don’t have to battle these problems on their own.

Together we can beat Anxiety and Depression”

How to improve

your self-esteem?

As we have seen in another article –

see An introduction to self-esteem –

self-esteem is a capital of our social

relationships and of our ability to

take action in our everyday life.

With a low level of self-esteem, it is

much more difficult to accomplish

all the tasks we would like to, and

this level can also actually trigger

the installation of a vicious circle –

the less self-esteem you have, the

more you are likely to fail and the

more you fail, the lower your level

of self-esteem will be. As one can

easily imagine, dealing with that

situation and getting your selfesteem

back to a normal or

acceptable level is no easy task,

especially without the help of other

people evolving in your

environment. Now, we will equip

you with some tips and tricks to

boost that self-esteem, without

having to ask your peers to praise

you just to make you feel better.

Before anything, the first step is to

make a sort of inventory, to assess

where you really stand in terms of

self-esteem. Indeed, you need to

know what you are talking about

before engaging in any process.

How are you supposed to fix

something if you do not actually

know it? Just thinking you are not

good enough is not enough to be

able to boost your self-esteem,

because the core of the problem

does not lie in that simple sentence.

This technique comes from

cognitive-behavioral therapy, where

you spend a lot of time identifying

irrational thoughts and trying to

know yourself a little bit better

before starting any “fixing” process.

So how do you actually get started

on this? Well, the simplest thing to

do is probably to sit down with a

piece of paper and write down your

strengths and weaknesses. Force

yourself to find as many strengths as

weaknesses. While helping you

identifying what you should work

on, this inventory will also show you

that there is a lot of good already

there in you.

Once you have done that, it is time

to set yourself some goals. Be

extremely careful here, as these

goals not only need to be goals, they

need to be REALISTIC goals.

Indeed, setting yourself some

unrealistic expectations that you

perfectly know from the beginning

you will never achieve will do

nothing but lower your self-esteem

even more. Do not dream of being

crowned King of England, as it will

probably not happen. This also

works with much smaller

expectations; do not wish for your

boss to stop being an asshole

because you know what? If he

enjoys being like that right now, he

will probably never stop! The only

thing is that his behavior, despite not

being changed, just should not affect

you anymore.

Learn to grab a hold of your

accomplishments. Be proud of what

you do and of what you achieve.

Acknowledge what you do for its

real value. Even if cooking a beef

bourguignon seems like an easy

thing to do for you, it is nonetheless

an amazing skill. There is gold in

your hands! Too often, society is

creating an image of perfection that

might not be yours. If what the

media says is not your ideal, then

why should care about it? Set

yourself free of all the speeches

around you if they do not fit your

vision of perfection, of what you

would like yourself to be. If it helps,

keep a written track of all your

achievements, so you can look at

them, visualize them and realize all

the things you are actually doing. If

you currently believe you are not

achieving anything, well that should

change quickly. In addition, learn to

value and cherish your mistakes. Far

from preventing you to reach your

goal, they are actually teaching you

a method not to get there. They are a

great opportunity to learn and to

grow, not to pity ourselves and

embrace the negative self-talk. Be

thankful for the mistakes you make,

as now you know what not to do in

the future, and this will help you a

lot. I am sure Barack Obama knows

a few things about how not to

become president of the United


When you are up to that point, you

will be ready to embrace selfexploration.

You have identified

your strengths and your weaknesses,

and learned how to be thankful for

everything you do. Now, get ready

to open yourself to new

opportunities. Try new things, think

differently, and try new friendships.

You might not know that, but it will

actually help you a little more to

know yourself. Knowing yourself

will make you happier and more

confident. If you know what you

really have to offer to the world,

your self-esteem is less likely to fall

down. If you know your resources

well, you will not think that you

have no value, simply because you

will know it is not true. Take risks!

Of course, all this will require you to

build a new image of yourself. The

old, “I suck” image of you will have

to be flushed down the drain. It is

also completely useless to rehash the

same things you used to do over and

over again. For instance, it will lead

you nowhere to think about how you

used to know how to play the violin

when you were a kid but you do not

anymore. If you want to play the

violin, all you have to do is to take it

out of its box! Furthermore,

acknowledge all the things you did

not know how to do then but you are

now doing every day. Is it not all

worth it in the end? I personally

think it is, and so should you! In a

nutshell, do not evaluate yourself in

comparison to what you used to be

but to what is happening right now.

Stop living in the past.

Last but not least, to boost your selfesteem,

stop giving so much

strength and value to other people’s

opinions about what you are. Their

comparisons can be unfair. Why

would having 4,000 Facebook

friends make you a better person

than if you only had 300? Only

compare things that are comparable.

In other word, do not compare

yourself to others but to yourself.

This is no easy task for sure. But in

the end, you will be so pleased with

the results that you will quickly

forget you had to put in, trust me on

this one.



The Anxious Minds charity was

started because of a lack of good

quality, free support available in

the North East that can be

accessed by anybody at short

notice. Anxiety and depression

suffering is a waste of life.

“ 100% of funds raised will

go on providing services to

people here in the North

East ”

People with anxiety and

depression need more support

than what is currently available.

Your families and friends, sons

and daughters, no one suffers

alone or ends up on someone’s

waiting list, if we just do

something about it, together we

can beat anxiety and depression.

Please donate

and help us.





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