We aim to:
- Challenge Stigma & myths surrounding mental health
- Promote self-care & exercise to improve Wellbeing
- Offer supportive, accessible and affordable services – where possible offering fully funded services free to members
- Raise awareness of mental health issues & work towards normalising them
- Reduce loneliness/isolation
- Provide a non-judgemental support service
- Offer Peer Support programmes
- Get the inactive active
- Inspire & motivate individuals and groups
- Support businesses with their Wellbeing offer
- Focus on prevention of mental health issues
- Work alongside other organisations on suicide prevention and reduction
We aim to help our members improve and manage their mental health, through physical activity and talking. Our team all have their own lived experiences, and are trained to be supportive, encouraging and motivating.
We are committed to working together with our members, the local community, organisations and health professionals, to offer an inclusive and safe space for people to learn to manage their physical and mental health, with a network of support behind them.
We are dedicated to helping build a happier and healthier environment, where mental health can be discussed as openly and as confidently as physical health. We aim to reduce stigma, raise awareness of the trickier subjects such as suicide, work towards suicide prevention and help bust any myths around mental health.
Fancy a Challenge? On 21st June next year we will be once again taking on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks as a fundraiser. We're looking for people to join our Team.
If 3 Peaks sounds too much why not set your own Challenge and join us for 1 or 2 Peaks. Step out of your comfort zone and push your limits.
This is a fully guided hike with safety car and the opportunity to raise money to support our work. Training walks will be available.
Go on, you know you want to
If you'd like to sign up please message us through our Facebook page with your email address or email email@example.com
If you're having a tough time and need someone to talk to, or would just like a bit of company, feel free to drop in and meet our Peer Supporters.
A big thank you to our friends at Yarm Wellness for letting us use their wonderful venue for our Women's Mental Health Drop In Sessions. We're kicking this off on Wednesday 14th April at 3.30pm and it will be fortnightly.
Come along and chat to our Peer Supporters. We all have lived experience of mental ill health and tough times and can offer a safe space where you can talk about how you feel and get support. Refreshments available.
Pop us a message if you have any questions.
Red Balloons Ramblers 2023/24
Red Balloons Ramblers will offer the chance to build up your fitness and improve your mental health with a series of guided walks/hikes, plus fitness and mobility sessions. This year we'll also be offering Mountain Skills/Navigation Skills and Mountain First Aid Courses.
Our Peer Support Walk Leaders will be on hand to support Ramblers with their mental health.
We're hoping to start the Project in late October subject to funding, but we're organising meet-up walks for people interested in the Project. You can meet the Walk Leaders and ask any questions.
Please note - as this will be a funded Project eligibility criteria apply.
If you'd like to be part of this years Ramblers Project please email your contact number to:
Or message us through our Facebook page.
WE WON!!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉
I don't have many words at the moment. To be honest, around the MASSIVE smiles I keep bursting into tears!
I just want to say, from me and Leigh, to all our staff, volunteers and supporters, THANK YOU ❤❤🎉🎉
You will truly never know just how much this means to me. Claire xx
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How would you like to be in with a chance of winning up to £25,000?????
Middlesbrough Lottery have a weekly lottery draw and costs £1 a week per ticket... 50% of ticket sales would go to us and 10% goes to other local good causes. How amazing is that supporting the local community and also the potential to win prizes.
If you're over the age of 16, all you need to do is click the link below..... Sign up, buy as many tickets as you like and you could be a winner
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our Organisation. We couldn't do what we do without them. Due to new Projects, both in development, and starting soon, we need more Volunteer Peer Supporters 😊
Do you have:-
Lived experience of ill mental health personally or as a Carer
The ability to listen in a non-judgemental way with empathy
A desire to support others An understanding of how being active can improve mental and physical wellbeing
A few hours free per week
🎈 100% support and encouragement
🎈 Walk/Run Leader Training
🎈 Other relevant Training when funds allow
🎈 Travel expenses
🎈 Confidence building and leadership skills
🎈 Access to an amazing community of
🎈 Volunteers for support and friendship
If you'd like to know more please message us directly or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A MASSIVE thank you to the amazing Ted Hanky, what a guy!!!!!!
He's dead funny and he's a local lad who wants to support our work. Give his page a like, share the video and buy a calendar (we're going to organise a haircut and a new pair of gegs for him for Christmas) Cheers Ted
PLEASE WATCH AND SHARE
I’m raising mental health awareness and raising funds for local mental health charity Red Balloons who do a brilliant job helping people with mental health worries.
There’s way too many alarming stats on mental health and suicide … certainly here on Teesside.
It worries me this Christmas. There’s usually a spike and let’s be honest, there’s a lot to worry about at the moment … but there is support out there which I hope this video and the products I’m selling will help to spread the awareness and hopefully stop people from suffering in silence.
Please buy a calendar
Or a mug
Or just make a donation here
#mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #talk #talkmore #samaritans #mind #redballoons #suicideprevention #Teesside #Middlesbrough #northeast
"Can I firstly say a huge thankyou to all your wonderful volunteers I have been given some great feedback. I have witnessed myself how patients have grown in confidence, enjoyed the walks and how they 'light up' when talking about the walks they have been on."
Lisa, Social Prescribing Link Worker
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Monthly parkrun meets
NEXT MEET - TBC as all parkrun events nationwide are currently suspended due to Coronavirus
Does Claire’s story resonate? Do you want to raise mental health awareness within your organisation? Do you want to help motivate and inspire your staff and community?
We offer a variety of workshops, designed to get people talking and to think about what they think they may know.
Sessions designed to encourage people to come together and talk, in a safe, non judgemental environment.
Have you an idea for a group you want to set up in your community? Are you unsure where to start? Would you like some information and advice?