A new online mental health service may be a ‘helping hand’ for those struggling to open up in Tyneside

A new mental health service allowing people in Newcastle and Gateshead to share their mental health concerns ‘safely and anonymously’ has gone live, with a leading local GP stressing how important it will be , hopefully an indispensable “helping hand” for people in difficulty.

The new service is called Togetherall and is a free, anonymous online community that people in our area can use to connect with others and express feelings they might not feel comfortable disclosing. other. The service is moderated to ensure people’s safety at all times.

Dr Mark Dornan, GP in Gateshead and Chairman of Newcastle Gateshead NHS CCG, said: “The last two years have been difficult for all of us and many of us now need a helping hand with our mental health. Sometimes it’s hard to open up to friends and family.

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“Together means we can share our feelings safely and anonymously, while there are also courses and resources to help you manage your own mental health. It’s a safe place to connect with people like-minded, with tools to help with anxiety, depression, depression, mood or stress.”

Dr Dornan said it was part of a “range of options” available to Tyneside residents who may need emotional support. Other services include the mental health support phone line operated by Tyneside and Northumberland Mind – as well as the online counseling service Qwell.

Henry Jones, Managing Director of Togetherall, added: “Sharing thoughts, feelings and experiences with other people is an essential part of the support we all need, but especially in these difficult times.

“Not everyone has someone to talk to, and some people don’t feel comfortable talking openly. We are delighted that with Togetherall, everyone in Newcastle and Gateshead now has a safe, free and anonymous community to join for help, day.”

To access Togetherall, visit togethereverything.com.

If this piece has affected you and you want to talk to someone, there are helplines and support groups available, many of them 24/7.

The NHS Choices website lists the following helplines and support networks that people can talk to.

  • Samaritans (116 123 in the UK and Ireland) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write how you feel or are worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected]
  • child line (0800 1111) operates a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number will not appear on your phone bill.
  • PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is an association supporting suicidal adolescents and young adults.
  • Disturbs (0300 123 3393) is an England-based charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone with a mental health issue. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
  • Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, in a low mood, or have suicidal thoughts.
  • Bullying in the UK is a website for children and adults affected by bullying.
  • If U Care Share is a North East suicide awareness and prevention charity that offers a free and confidential SMS support service available by sending an SMS to IUCS 85258.

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