We know that mental health means different things to different people, groups and communities.

We also understand that our local ethnically diverse communities are often worried about reaching out to us for help and support.

So, our community outreach team is actively connecting with multicultural communities across Teesside to encourage more people to ask for help, and offer reassurance that we can provide support in a way that works for them.

Who is this service for?

We’ve been connecting with minority and faith communities across Teesside to listen to their specific concerns and needs. From our local Muslim and Hindu communities to refugees and asylum seekers, we’re here to help you if you’re struggling to cope or you’re experiencing poor mental health.

To access our support you must be:

  • aged 18+

  • living in Middlesbrough or Stockton on Tees

What we can do to help you

The team helps people in lots of different ways.

We can work with you or with the community group you're part of, to understand and appreciate emotional and mental health needs in the context of your culture and faith, so that you feel more comfortable.

Some of the ways we can support you include

  • supporting communities by recruiting and training volunteers to become community champions

  • offering on-going support and guidance to improve the wellbeing of communities

  • one to one and group emotional wellbeing support

  • practical advice on managing your mental health in a culturally appropriate way

  • identifying your emotional needs and suitable resources to help you

How do we deliver this service?

We host a group session every Monday at The Mind Centre in Middlesbrough, alongside one to one emotional wellbeing sessions.

We also host ‘more than mental health’ group sessions at Nur Fitness in Middlesbrough.

How can you access this service?

You can complete the referral form below and one of our team will be in touch.

Alternatively, your GP or another support agency can refer you.

If you’ve got any questions about the service before making a referral then reach out to the team on 01642 257020.

Resources you may find useful

We know how important it is to have clear information or somewhere to turn quickly when you need some extra support.

So, here are links to other sources of information that may be useful for you. 

Muslim Women Network (mwnuk.co.uk)

Home - Muslim Youth Helpline (myh.org.uk)

The Qur’an & Emotional Health: An Introduction - Suffolk Mind

FAQs (blackmindsmatteruk.com)

Black Students @ NUS Connect

Home (studentspace.org.uk)

“Working with the Community Outreach team means that more people from the local Muslim community are able to access support and learn more about what good mental health looks like.”

Community Outreach - Shazia Noor, Nur Fitness
Community Outreach - Shazia Noor, Nur Fitness