On Sunday 21st October at 10.30am a dozen daring service users, supporters and staff of Tyneside Women’s Health did a zip-sliding from the iconic Tyne Bridge. They did this to raise funds for this local women’s mental health charity and to raise awareness of mental health issues following World Mental Health day on 10th October.
Tyneside Women’s Health was set up as a support group by local women volunteers in 1985. It has grown into an organisation which runs two centres in Gateshead and Newcastle where women come together to help support each other's mental health. Last year 430 women received a mental health service from Tyneside Women’s Health including: counselling, being part of a support group, learning skills to deal with depression & anxiety, and, support to plan for the future.
Tyneside Women's Health will open a new centre in Gateshead later in the year. It will move from its current site to a Half Moon Lane as part if its long to plan to support women's mental health in Tyneside.
Julia, service user, said, “Tyneside Women’s Health has been incredible for me as it provided a safe space for recovery, a way of combating isolation and regaining my confidence, guided by other women with similar experiences and compassionate workers.”
For more information on Tyneside Women's Health please check out www.tynesidewomenshealth.org.uk