A Message From Anxious Minds Founder Eddie

The Mental Health Lottery establishes a new and nationwide source of fundraising to help support and improve mental health services provided by Anxious Minds. I founded the charity in 2015 after I struggled to find support for my own mental health, after leaving the Armed Forces (Army) with 22 years of service, funding the charity totally at the start with my savings and War Pension with the attitude

“If you don’t like what is happening, then change it.”

I have now worked for the last five years as volunteer Chief Officer with what is now a multi-award winning mental health charity and I will continue to do so until people in crisis get the support they need and deserve. Nobody should be put on a waiting list like I was when crying out for help.

Charity begins at home and when I first started this mission, I never really understood the charity sector and believed most people working in the sector were volunteers and gave time to support people because they care, and a lot of people just like me do just this.  People are struggling to find support and to me, it is an honour to help, I waited over 18 months for someone to help me to the point, where I could not take anymore. I had begged for help and no one came so I ended up borrowing the money from family and friends and getting some money from my Regimental Association (The Fusiliers) to pay privately to get the support I needed for my PTSD and depression.

I am one of the lucky ones. I have lost so many friends to suicide in the past five years and it’s heartbreaking, and I will not forget them.  Millions of pounds each year go into buckets to support the charity sector and mental health across the country, and we see very little change when trying to access counselling services and support for mental health, each year waiting lists for people with mental health get bigger and support gets reduced with long waiting lists.

People are starting to lose faith in the charity sector and I really don’t blame them. Some charities Chief Officers and senior managers are amongst the highest paid people in the country, demanding six-figure salaries for the work they do under the name charity.

These Chief Executives use the excuse that if they were running large companies, they could demand this salary and that we are paying for their expertise to develop and grow the charities. The only difference is large companies earn the money they make and pay millions in taxes to support the country and communities. When Charities are given the money, from grants, taxes and donations to support the communities they serve, not make people rich under the word charity.

Dictionary understanding of the word charity:

CHARITY: a system of giving money, food, or help, free to those who are in need because they are ill, poor, or have no home, or any organisation that has the purpose of providing money or helping in this way:

I don’t see anything here about getting rich from donations?

Conservative MP David Davies said: ‘It is extraordinary that charitable organisations and charity bosses are giving themselves bigger pay rises than some people receive in their annual salary.

‘When we put money in a box for a good cause, it is without realising how much of the money is being used to fund the enormous, eye-watering pay rises for bosses of these organisations.’

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, said: ‘I would like to see at the point of giving, whether that’s in the street or online, every charity clearly display the percentage of every pound which goes to the good cause and what goes to administration.

Times are changing as New Charities like Anxious Minds are starting up, charities run by the people, for the people where senior management work as volunteers and no employees within the charity is paid more than the national average wage.

You have a choice where you put your donations, and by supporting Anxious Minds together we can make a real difference in supporting people with mental health. 

By playing The Mental Health Lottery or Donating to Anxious Minds you will be directly changing and improving mental health services for the people we serve.

Thank you for your time and donation


Anxious Minds

My promise to you is that 100% of the money we receive from this lottery and every penny received from donations will go into providing more mental health services for the people we serve and not paying Senior Management and Chief Executives salaries.

This is what the Prime Minister said about Eddie…….


Eddie Dean, from Newcastle, used his army pension to fund his charity ‘Anxious Minds’ and help other veterans struggling with mental health issues. In a personal letter to Eddie, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “You have shown remarkable dedication in ensuring veterans can access mental health support with your charity ‘Anxious Minds’. You know from first-hand experience what a difference this help can make and now, thanks to your hard work, veterans living in the North East can also benefit from this same support. I want to thank you for your inspiring commitment to supporting men and women, like yourself, who have risked their lives to serve our country.


Cabinet Member for the Community and Voluntary Sector Covid-19


Dear Eddie, I do hope both you and your family are keeping safe during this unprecedented crisis brought about by the global Covid-19 pandemic. I have been so impressed to hear about the fantastic support you have offered to North Tyneside Residents during the Covid 19 lockdown. This has been a really challenging time and I really wanted to say thank you to you and everyone working with your organisation for the way you have responded. I am very proud to be the Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Community and Voluntary Sector and want to pass on my thanks to everyone involved.

Please stay safe, With best wishes



Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Covid -19


To Eddie and all the team at Anxious Minds. I want to express my deepest gratitude for the incredible support and service you have given during the COVID-19 crisis.My Whole hearted thanks for all you have contributed.

Mrs Susan M. Winfield Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant  of Tyne and Wear


“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear”


Many smaller mental health charities like Anxious Minds struggle to raise sufficient funding to support the people they serve. Including people from the Armed Forces, people with Cancer, Survivors of Childhood Abuse, Survivors of Domestic Violence, Victims of Crime and people struggling with Grief and Loss and many more Mental Health related issues.

The Mental Health Lottery establishes a new and nationwide source of funding to help these smaller grassroots mental health charities that work directly with our community.