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Mental wellbeing app offering free lifetime access to those involved in trial



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Anyone involved in the trial testing the effectiveness of the Thrive: Mental Wellbeing app will be granted lifetime access to the app and integrated therapy services free of charge.

The trial is looking to discover how successful the app, which has 25 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy modules, is in helping people with anxiety and depression.

Thrive is encouraging people aged 18 or over in full-time employment who feel like they could do with some support for their mental wellbeing to take part in the 10-week study.

Participants will be offered support with their wellbeing by the award winning mental health service.

Marnie Merrilees, counsellor at Thrive: Mental Wellbeing, explained: “Thrive want people to join the study and at the end of the study, everybody who participated will have access to the app and the therapy service for as long as they need it, which is absolutely amazing because this is free of charge.

“People will have access to the app and the therapy free of charge by simply participating in the study and following all the instructions that are required.”

Credit: Thrive: Mental Wellbeing

The company was launched back in 2012 “as the first scalable solution” to the UK’s mental health crisis by Dr Andres Fonseca, consultant psychiatrist, and Dr Adam Huxley, consultant clinical & forensic psychologist.

Since then, the business has followed in the footsteps of its name and thrived, gaining NHS approval in 2018.

Companies, charities, insurers and other organisations can partner with the app to offer the services to their employees.

It aims to provide the “whole organisation with the right level of mental health support at the time they need it.”

The app offers cognitive behaviour therapy, mood meter and mindfulness tools as well as an in-app chat so users can seek immediate support.

Marnie, who is a Sport and Exercise Psychologist (CPsychol in training) MBPsP, MSc, PGcert, BSc.Hons, suggests there is increasingly more anecdotal evidence of cold water therapy as a method of improving anxiety and depression.

She said: “Cold water therapy is a fantastic form of exercise and there is significant evidence that exercise is beneficial for reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

“However, we don’t know for certain yet if the benefits of cold water therapy are above and beyond those of exercise in general as more research is needed in this area.”

Credit: Thrive: Mental Wellbeing

Marnie has been working alongside former special forces officer Sol Turk to raise awareness of the advantages of cold water therapy.

Go here to meet Sol Turk – the man who braved a 100-day dip in the North Sea

Marnie added: “[A] benefit of cold water therapy is being able to train your vagus nerve, which is linked to the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the calming part of your nervous system. Training it can help you face stressful situations more adequately.

“Anxiety is a mental health condition that causes excessive fears and worries, and while intermittent bouts of anxiety are natural, anxiety disorders make it difficult to participate in life in a normal way. So when you want to get rid of your anxious thoughts, exposure to cold is a great way to relieve the anxiety symptoms naturally.”

Marnie Merrilees experiencing cold water therapy at Tynemouth beach.

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Karen’s Diner on Tour is BACK IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE!!



Karens Diner on Tour Newcastle upon Tyne

Karen’s Diner on Tour coming to town on tour and ‘well if y’all show up in force we’ll either come as a longer term pop up or simply just stay put for a while until we’ve insulted everyone in the North East!’


Get your tickets here: Karens Diner Newcastle tickets


We have spoken to the top Karen who assures everyone who went last time that Bottomless means BOTTOMLESS!

At our pop-up Karen’s you will be greeted and waited upon by rude waiters who in return are expecting you to give it full Karen. A place where you can complain until the cows come home because we literally don’t care. You can expect good food, good fun and a dining experience like you’ve never had before. Let us know if it’s your birthday, if your name is Karen and for the love of Karen don’t ask to speak to the manager….

Your ticket includes a delicious BOTTOMLESS pizza and BOTTOMLESS prossecco or select spirits and mixers as well as select soft drinks drinks for a full 90mins

*We cater for all allergens

You will get full and authentic Karen experience – our games, our waitstaff and the full works. Decent food provided by the venue (we hope) and BOTTOMLESS booze for those who love a drink. This is a dining experience like no other – literally. Come enjoy the OG Karen’s from OG Karen’s.

Don’t accept imitations – book now to avoid missing out!

See our two below YouTube videos from the last time they were in the toon to see what to expect…

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Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV



It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.

It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.

From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.

ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.

ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.

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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?



Newcastle United Kit Idea - NUFC kits

footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.

They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’

Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..

Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.

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