Each month a member of the Mental Health Matters Senior Management Team will be writing a blog for the website. Click the articles below to read more from the team.

  • And so this is Christmas…

    The quality of MHM’s services depends on the dedication and hard work of all our staff, both those who work directly with the users of our services and those staff whose work supports frontline workers. Thank you all for continuing to do the best for those people we serve.

    December 20, 2016Read More
  • CEO Blog – Wow, doesn’t time fly!

    Wow, doesn’t time fly, I can’t believe we are now into March already. Our central team are busy finalising our business planning for the forthcoming year; budgets being prepared, contracts being chased for signing.

    March 4, 2016Read More
  • CEO Blog – Reflections on 2015…

    Sitting and reflecting on 2015 and the impact the year has had for MHM, it feels as if the year was as much about “goodbyes and hellos” with some high and some lows

    December 23, 2015Read More
  • CEO Blog: Reflecting on October

    Well…. It has been a month of “firsts” for me… Radio interviews, awards ceremonies and meeting MP’s at the House of Commons!

    November 12, 2015Read More
  • CEO Blog 25.09.15. Well… what a summer this has been

    We have some fantastic news for the people of Northumberland!!

    September 25, 2015Read More
  • So Much Change Going on at the Moment

    It’s a time of change… So much going on at the moment; hellos, goodbyes, sadness and success, tiring yet exhilarating. Some would say all part of life’s’ rich tapestry.

    July 1, 2015Read More
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    VODA Produce Video to Promote MHM Employment Service

    I recently attended a North Tyneside Volunteer Network meeting hosted by VODA, where they were looking for opportunities for Young Volunteers to gain experience and carry out voluntary work in specific projects within local charities.

    June 1, 2015Read More
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    Reflecting on 2014 and looking ahead to 2015

    The past 12 months has been a productive time for us as an organisation. During the course of the year we have through consultation and involvement with you, reviewed and refreshed our Vision, Values and Mission statements; published our 3 year Strategic Plan; secured and re-secured amount of services; attracted 3 new Trustees to our Board and more recently, thanks to you, we were successful in being awarded Investors in People bronze status.

    December 22, 2014Read More
  • Hello’s, Goodbye’s and IIP…

    At our October Board we said a regretful and appreciative goodbye to Mary Peacock, who after 9 years has decided to step down from her role as trustee. Mary has always been a steadfast trustee and passionate ambassador of mhm who has helped support, guide and lead the organisation from the front.

    November 12, 2014Read More
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    Emma Weighill-Baskerville – Access…

    On a run this morning, it’s dark and early and I’m trying a new route through the countryside. It’s beautiful but the road I’m on is littered with potholes filled with water from rain the night before.

    October 17, 2014Read More
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    CEO Blog – “Your Future Matters”

    Over the last 6 months our Board of Trustees has worked closely with myself and the senior team to re-examine and determine our strategic direction (Our Future Matters) for the next 3 years.

    August 29, 2014Read More
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    CEO – Thoughts for June…

    It is only just the beginning of June and we have more good news to share with you!

    June 9, 2014Read More
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    CEO Blog – Thoughts for May 2014…

    There is such a positive buzz around everyone, even though there doesn’t appear to be enough hours in the week!

    May 20, 2014Read More
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    A Successful Open Day at Abbeyfield House

    We always look for opportunities which allow us to receive feedback and improve our service, so when we were told it would be possible for us to deliver an open day at our service, we were keen to show everyone what our service has to offer.

    March 6, 2014Read More
  • Julie Cowen, Reflections on MHM turning 30

    Yesterday was the 30th Birthday of MHM and here in Avalon House this was acknowledged by Helen our CEO with a brief lunchtime get together and celebratory cake.

    January 28, 2014Read More
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    Celebrating 30 years of Mental Health Matters – CEO and Chair Comment

    30 years ago, a group of carers from Newcastle upon Tyne decided that there was a need for a dedicated Charity to be based in the North East of England to provide desperately needed support and services for those in our community with schizophrenia and allied illnesses.

    January 24, 2014Read More
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    CEO Comment – Boxing Day Lunch Success

    Wow… what a fantastic day everyone had at the Oasis Cafe on Boxing Day. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was very festive. Paul, Tony and their merry (and very hard working volunteers) Lisa, Brian, David, Hugh and Mike served up 90 three course meals as well as bacon and sausage butties in the morning.

    December 27, 2013Read More
  • Emma Weighill-Baskerville

    Festive Blog – Traditions, Christmas Jumpers and Psychological Services

    I can’t decide if the ironic revival of the Christmas themed Jumper is one to embrace or deny. I just can’t see myself in a knitted reindeer. The modern alternative is perhaps the Onesie, an all in one romper suit (for adults, yes adults) that has feet and antlers sewn into the hood. I despair.

    December 17, 2013Read More
  • Things to look out for this December – Jeff Collyer

    For some the Christmas season is a time to celebrate, for others it’s a difficult period, and for almost everyone it’s hectic. So as we get closer to Christmas, let’s each make a special effort to pay attention to ourselves and those around us.

    December 11, 2013Read More
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    CEO Blog – Christmas Lunch for the Homeless

    I was at the Soroptomist International Newcastle Upon Tyne 76th Annual Charter Lunch on Saturday afternoon. The President of the SI Newcastle upon Tyne, Doreen Huddart has chosen Mental Health Matters as her charity of choice during her Presidential year and I was there to gratefully accept a very generous donation.

    November 11, 2013Read More
  • Management Blog – Graham Hiscox – Financial Challenges

    You will have heard from my colleagues over the past few months about a number of initiatives that Mental Health Matters has been involved in. I would like to give you a brief update from another perspective that falls under my area of responsibility as Director of Finance.

    November 7, 2013Read More
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    A Day in the Life…

    A Day in the Life of a Community Mental Health Support Worker By Lisa Layzell from the Peppermill community support service

    October 22, 2013Read More
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    Judy Wilson – World Mental Health Day

    We dug out our Grandma’s china, cake stands and some of us baked last night instead of watching TV. I was rather concerned to note that, by many of my colleagues definitions, I was an “older person”

    October 10, 2013Read More
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    CEO Comment – Commissioning in Healthcare Event

    Well what a day we had yesterday. MHM took part in the NHS commissioning exhibition at the Olympia in London and were literally overwhelmed by the interest shown in our services.

    October 9, 2013Read More
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    Andy Cox 24/09/2013

    Mental Health Matters will be celebrating its 30th year in January 2014 and over this time it has enjoyed several periods of sustained growth.

    September 24, 2013Read More
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    Andy Cox Blog – 06/09/2013

    Hi I’m Andy Cox, director of business for Mental Health Matters and responsible for driving the organisations development and growth. I am supported by Lisa Wooton and Michael Tait, based in the North East but with a national agenda.

    September 6, 2013Read More
  • Julie Cowen Blog – 29/08/13

    Change is very much a feature of our daily lives here at MHM as we face up to the challenges of the testing commissioning landscape. MHM staff have been busy over the summer months rising to meet those challenges by focusing on cementing our current partnerships, building new ones and continuing to innovate in services to deliver excellence and value for our clients.

    August 29, 2013Read More
  • Welcome to the August Blog

    Politicians may be on their break from parliament and newspapers full of the silly season stories but here at MHM life goes on apace.

    August 5, 2013Read More
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    Introducing our new Clinical Director – Judy Wilson

    I would like to introduce myself. My name is Judy Wilson and I am the Clinical Director for MHM. I have been working for MHM on an interim basis since the beginning of April and started in the permanent post from 1 July.

    July 3, 2013Read More
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    CEO Blog – Welcome Judy Wilson

    I am delighted to let everyone know that following interviews held on 12th June 2013 we appointed Judy Wilson to the post of Clinical Director.

    June 13, 2013Read More
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    CEO Comment on Today’s NHS England Ruling

    Today, a report into the Health Care and Treatment of Ronald Dixon was published by NHS England. This report, commissioned originally by the former North East Strategic Health Authority, identified failings in the health care of Ronald Dixon between January and May, 2006.

    May 28, 2013Read More
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    CEO Blog 14th May 2013

    Things are now moving at a pace, for the last year the Board of Trustees and Management Board have; agreed and have had approved by the Charity Commission a widening of our governing document which now allows us to work more generically across all areas of need; we have defined and agreed our strategic direction; we have identified and agreed our 6 corporate objectives and in the last month approved the organisations business plan and key performance indicators for me and the directors team for the next 18 months.

    May 14, 2013Read More
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    CEO Blog – Monday 22nd April

    I am pleased to let everyone know that Coralie Morton has joined MHM as our Director of Performance.

    April 22, 2013Read More
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    Introduction from Helen Mackay – CEO

    Hello everybody, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Mental Health Matters new website, and hope you enjoy our magazine style? During the coming months we would appreciate your feedback on this new style and content.

    April 12, 2013Read More