Mental Health

Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. One in four people in the UK have a mental health problem at some point in their lives, which affects their daily life, relationships or physical health.

Mental health disorders take many different forms and affect people in different ways. Schizophrenia, depression and personality disorders are all examples of mental health problems. Diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia generally develop in old age, whereas eating disorders are more common in young people.

Alzheimer's Society - Diagnosis interview with Terry Pratchett

The Alzheimer's Society is the leading care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers.

They provide further information and education, support for carers, and quality day and home care on the Alzheimer's Society Video Site



Mental Health Wellbeing Podcasts

You can subscribe to wellbeing podcasts on the Mental Health Foundation Website.


The website of the Mental Health Foundation outlines the charity’s work in research, policy, service development and service user involvement. The site offers information and publications to download on research, good practice in services and on mental health problems and key issues.

Suicide Prevention Network

NENC Suicide Prevention Network Website Launch

As the North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network we are working to ensure everything

possible is done to get support and information to help people stay safe and well, and to manage their

mental health and wellbeing.


The need to focus on the general mental health and wellbeing of the wider population, following the national Public Health England ‘Every Mind Matters’ programme, is already recognised as a public health priority. The aim of the North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network – ‘Every Life Matters’ - is to do everything possible to stop us losing any life to suicide and complements the wider public health approach.

The Suicide Prevention Network is especially focused on people in our communities who are more at risk and already struggling, and for whom the current situation poses a potential increased risk. People who are vulnerable and finding social isolation even more difficult may be feeling there is less support available, so we are working together to make sure people are aware of and can easily access the support they need to stay mentally safe and well. 

The website will provide a new community resource for people seeking help and advice about suicide and mental wellbeing, guidance for those who have sadly been bereaved by suicide, and signposting to a library of professional resources for those working in suicide prevention.

Our online presence is supported by our social media accounts, sharing key messages and making new connections on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Every Life Matters – Suicide Prevention is everyone’s business

Cygnus Support

Cygnus Support has been providing mental health and wellbeing services to people in Northumberland

for over 30 years including counselling, coaching, education and training.

We offer a free service to people in outreach venues across Northumberland, as well as our central office in Ashington.
Our reputation is based on offering a flexible, confidential service in a safe and supportive environment.

We believe in working with integrity to deliver a service that empowers people in Northum-berland to improve and change their lives.

More information on our specialist counsel-ling streams can be found overleaf. As an or-ganisation, we pride ourselves on working to the guidance offered by the British Associa-tion of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.


Our Projects
Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

We are commissioned to offer support to survivors of Domestic abuse and sexual vio-lence through funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. This sup-port includes one to one counselling and the Recovery Toolkit Course which is a course for survivors of domestic abuse aimed at helping them to build confidence and self esteem and to move forward in their lives. The Recovery Toolkit is delivered to adults and young people throughout the year.

Covid19 Health and Wellbeing Support
Are you worried about job security, going back to work after being furloughed, finding a job or family finances?
Is your mental health being affected?
If the answer is yes, click here for further information. 

Bridge Northumberland
Cygnus is partner in Bridge Northumberland a programme which aims to help those furthest from the job market back towards Employment, Education or Training. Bridge Northumberland clients can access a variety of support from a number of organisations from a financial MOT or basic skills courses through to IT support. Here at Cygnus we offer Bridge clients one to one Counselling, Coaching, Personal Development Workshops and Mental Health check-ups

Cygnus has a dedicated Bridge Worker who works with clients to create an action plan and to access appropriate support to enable them to progress on their journey towards employment, education or training.

Contact Tom on 07826 554621 or email to find out more. Click here for more info.

Useful Links

Mental Health - Healthtalkonline
Healthtalkonline, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. An excellent resource compiled after interviewing a wide range of people suffering from heart disease.

Alzheimer's Disease
An information sheet helping to understand mroe about Alzheimer's Disease

An information sheet helping to understand more about the causes, treatment and understanding of Depression

Alzheimer’s Society
Comprehensive information for people with all forms 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.

Alzheimer Scotland
Alzheimer Scotland provides a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers. We offer personalised support services, community activities, information and advice, at every stage of the dementia journey

Mental Health Foundation
Founded in 1949, the Mental Health Foundation is a leading UK charity that provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems, whatever their age and wherever they live

These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.