Rethink Mental Illness’ main website – information on mental health for people with experience of mental illness and the people who care for them.
Support Line offers confidential support and advice by telephone, email and post. Provides an A-Z listing of free factsheets about the problems and difficult issues many young people can face, Telephone: 01708 765 200 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Site provides a wide range of information about issues that affect young people. The Health and wellbeing section provides an extensive range of factsheets about the mental health disorders and problems.
Youth2Youth – a website and helpline run by young people which offers advice and information on all aspects of emotional wellbeing for young people.
https://youngminds.org.uk/ – a one stop shop for all mental health needs. There is specific advice for parents.
www.themix.org.uk – The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via online, social or our free, confidential helpline.
http://teenmentalhealth.org/ – They offer nearly all resources, reports, and publications free of charge. They are categorized by who could use them, what they represent and the modality they present in. Explore all of the resources to better understand a holistic perspective with a singular focus on bettering the lives of our youth.
https://www.headstogether.org.uk/ – Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.
http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/copingafteratraumaticevent.aspx – This website is aimed at helping people cope after a traumatic event.
http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/medical-information-0/procedures-and-treatments/supporting-children-after-frightening-event – Children and young people sometimes witness things that they find very scary or stressful, for example, car accidents or fights. Their reactions to the event may vary. This website is designed to support children after a frightening event.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/supporting-children-worried-about-terrorism/ – This website is aimed at supporting children that are worried about terrorism. In addition Police have issued new guidance to young people about what to do in the event of a terror attack. If you’re concerned about how a child is feeling following recent attacks or would like advice on how to talk to your children about terrorism, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
5 Ways to Well-being
Adapted from New Economics Foundation https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/five-ways-to-mental-wellbeing
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day. This is the key focus of our Well-Being Wednesday.