Anxious Minds secures funding to provide mental health support services in the north east

Anxious Minds has received a £5,000 grant to fund its mental health services in the North East. 

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities. 

Anxious Minds is a charity which provides early intervention and long-term support for people in the North East with various mental health conditions and specialises in depression and anxiety. The charity delivers a wide range of peer support classes, one to one therapy sessions, online support groups, self-help resources and mindfulness classes. Working alongside professional counsellors and trained peer support workers, Anxious Minds has also helped hundreds of people across the region through the organisation's online resources, providing people with information and guidance on how to best deal with mental health issues. 

The grant will further support the provision of a counselling service, peer support groups and workshops to teach people how to manage and overcome anxiety and depression. Anxious Minds also recognises that there is no time limit on recovery, and aims to offer service users long-term support enabling people to attend group sessions. The charity’s programmes are available on a self-referral basis, alleviating some of the pressure that comes with mental health issues and which may have otherwise prevented someone from seeking help. 

Edward Dean, CEO at Anxious Minds, said: “After 22 years in the infantry and instructing at the highest level, I thought I knew a little about fighting. That was until I developed PTSD and clinical depression. The first time I ever asked for help no one was there. I funded Anxious Minds with my war pension and I have worked and continue to work on a voluntary basis until we have a better mental health service here in the North East. The Santander Foundation support will help the charity do so much more for the people we serve.” 

Zoe Radford, Branch Manager at Santander’s Whitley Bay branch, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. We are committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Anxious Minds, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.” 

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Notes to Editors: 

Media Contact
Leonora Burtenshaw at Santander
Email:                 Tel:  020 7756 4543

Edward Dean at Anxious Minds
Email:                             Tel: 07404 513470

About Anxious Minds

Anxious Minds is a charity that provides early intervention and long-term support for people with various Mental Health Conditions, specialising in those that suffer from depression and anxiety.

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Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £26 million in funding to 13,914 UK charities through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit:

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