A weight off your mind

Would you like to lose weight or support someone else to do so? Here you will find a range of useful information and resources available in the North East region.

Our plan

We have developed a plan for people with lived experience of mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities receiving support from us and Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust to achieve a health weight.

This plan is available to download below and is also available in an easy read format.

A Weight Off Your Mind Plan (3Mb)

A Weight Off Your Mind Plan (1Mb)

Easy Read

Awareness and education

In this section you will find out what your daily diet should look like, hints and tips on food changes, guidance on portion sizes and menu planning ideas.  Information is available from two perspectives, that of wanting to lose weight yourself or wanting to help someone else to lose weight.


In this section you will find information on healthy eating, eating well, meal planning, myth busters and easy read information.

Meal planning

Daily planner and portion guide (4Mb)

Healthy eating

 Eating well


British Dietetic Association - Food Fact Sheet ()

Fad diets


Services in your area

In this section you will find information about healthy eating, cooking classes and weight loss groups.

I want to learn about healthy eating and do more exercise

I want to join a group/get community support

I want to do more exercise

In the North East

In Newcastle

In Gateshead

North Tyneside

In Sunderland

In Northumberland

In Teeside

Redcar and Cleveland

In Durham and Darlington

In North Yorkshire

In York and Selby

Information for health professionals

If you are a health professional you can refer to the following weight management groups

For commercial weight loss programmes (Slimming World/Weight Watchers) – request referral via your GP

If you are a health professional you can use the following referral forms


Useful links

In this section you will find links to useful websites

Change4Life – Adult, children and healthy eating advice for the general population
the NHS website – Adult weight loss plan created in collaboration with the British Dietetic Association
BBC Good Food – Adult myth busting article
Kids Health – Children and parents advice and education resources
Easy Health – Adults with a learning disability leaflets
Get Self Help – Adults with depression – healthy eating advice created in conjunction with BDA
Mental Health Foundation – Advice for adults living with mental health problems
Royal College of Psychiatrists – Healthy eating advice for adults living with mental health problems
Young Minds – Balanced advice about mood and food for young people living with mental health problems
MIND – Food and mood explores the relationship between what you eat and how you feel, including tips on how to incorporate healthy eating into your life