As trainers we are often asked when rules have changed or when did they introduce a certain rule. The reality is the rules have been in for a long time, but nobody has informed the candidates of the rule in the first place. This is no different in mental health first aid.
I am often told there is a lack of resources and to a certain degree that would be true. Since starting this journey into the mental health world, I have been amazed at just how much information is out there but just how little promotion there is to the help itself.
If you haven’t guessed already this is what this blog is all about. If people can not get to the information, then the information shall get to the people (As I wrote that I pretended I was doing a big speech at a UN conference or such like).
The list below is not an exhaustive list. I have randomly chosen sites that I have come across when looking for resources. I am not endorsing these sites and you should be aware they will not work for everyone, but I have decided to categorise the links and put just a few to whet your appetite and then hopefully you go to look for more.
Everyone should work together to bring awareness to mental health.
I have never asked you to share a post before or at least I do not remember doing so but I will with this one. Forget it is linked to a business. This is about spreading the word that you are not alone and there is help there if you need it.
I would also ask that you do not comment good or bad reviews of any of the services mentioned. This is due to the fact it is an individual’s journey to recovery, and they should be allowed to make their own judgements. If you want to comment about the post, then that is great.
Please check your data plan for charges when calling the numbers, downloading apps and some apps may have in app purchases. Also, be aware due to the social aspect of the apps/sites there may be age restrictions.
I look forward to seeing you all on my next blog…
- support.pods-online.org.uk/start-here PODS provide both education and support for dealing with dissociative disorders and trauma
- www.acas.org.uk Offers free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law.
- www.actionforhappiness.org Positive coping, a ‘happiness’ calendar and encouragement to reach out to others.
- www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/friends-relationships-sex/sex-relationships/healthy-unhealthy-relationships Free 24/7 helpline for young people to explore a confusing relationship.
- www.anxietyuk.org.uk Anxiety UK was established to promote the relief and rehabilitation of persons suffering from agoraphobia and associated anxiety disorders, phobias and conditions, in particular, but not exclusively, by raising awareness in such topics.
- www.aurahealth.io Whether you’re stressed, anxious, great, or having trouble sleeping, simply tell Aura and find strength & rest.
- psyberguide.org/apps/breathe2relax Breathe2Relax is an app for all mobile devices that teaches a skill called “diaphragmatic breathing” to help users feel more relaxed.
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- www.antibullyingpro.com/support-centre Offers advice and support on a variety of bullying issues
- www.bullybusters.org.uk Bullybusters started off life at the beginning of September 2004 as a confidential free phone helpline providing support and advice for victims of bullying and their families.
- www.ditchthelabel.org Each week, thousands of young people aged 12-25 benefit from our digital online support programs through our website and partnerships with online games and social networks.
- www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/types-bullying Bullying can happen anywhere and be about anything. We’ve got advice about different types of bullying, and how you can get help and support.
- www.thecalmzone.net The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day.
- www.nhs.uk/apps-library/catch-it Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It.
- www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week A running programme
- apps.apple.com/gb/app/cove-the-musical-journal/id1020256581 Cove is for anyone who wants to express through music what they might struggle to say with words. (available on iPhone only)
- www.futurelearn.com/courses/depression-young-people A great resource for understanding depression and low mood in young people.
Eating and body image
- www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk ABC is a national UK eating disorders organisation with over 30 years of experience.
- www.beateatingdisorders.org.ukWe exist to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. We are a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to.
- www.oagb.org.uk Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating.
- www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/you-your-body/my-body/how-you-look Offers guidance and support around body image,
- www.stonewall.org.uk/help-advice/coming-out-0 w ebpage for advice and support on coming out
- www.galop.org.uk Galop is the UK’s only specialist LGBT+ anti-violence charity. Our mission is to make life just, fair and safe for LGBT+ people.
- lgbt.foundation/who-we-help/trans-people/non-binary Information and support for those who identify as non binary or gender fluid.
- switchboard.lgbt/ We’re here to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits, and we understand how anxious you might feel before you pick up the phone.
- www.bereavementadvice.org Bereavement Advice Centre supports and advises people on what they need to do after a death.
- childdeathhelpline.org.uk The Child Death Helpline is staffed by volunteers, all of them bereaved parents. All of our volunteers are trained, supervised and supported by professional teams within Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust and the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
- www.griefencounter.org.uk We support bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close
- www.roadpeace.org/support/emotional-support RoadPeace helps bereaved families by providing peer support and connecting victims with others similarly affected whilst providing ways to cope with the aftermath a road death.
- www.psych.ox.ac.uk/files/research/coping-with-self-harm-brochure_final_copyright.pdf This guide was developed from talking to parents and carers of young people and is aimed at helping parents, carers, other family members and friends cope when a young person is self-harming.
- www.harmless.org.uk It is a national voluntary organisation for people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals
- www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk/our-support-services We focus on improving support and knowledge around self-injury
- youngminds.org.uk/youngminds-professionals/our-projects/no-harm-done We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.
- www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk Provides support for individuals who have struggled with drinking through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.
- cocaineanonymous.org.uk Cocaine Anonymousis a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction.
- drinkaware.co.uk The Drinkaware Trust is an independent UK-wide alcohol education charity, funded largely by voluntary and unrestricted donations from UK alcohol producers, retailers and supermarkets.
- www.marijuana-anonymous.org.uk Offers a 12-step program for individuals who suffer from problematic marijuana / cannabis use.
- www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/alcohol-detox A resource for alcohol rehab and treatment during the recent pandemic.
- www.thebetterappcompany.com/app/suicide We’ve designed this app to simply help you press your own stop button should suicidal thoughts come to you. Remember suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. And your calm thinking brain already knows that, doesn’t it?
- papyrus-uk.org Our vision is for a society which speaks openly about suicide and has the resources to help young people who may have suicidal thoughts.
- www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/find-help-now/stay-alive-app The Stay Alive appis a suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis.
- www.ifucareshare.co.uk Families affected by a young persons suicide and young people
- web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp Guidance leaflets for a variety of mental health issues.
- www.nhs.uk/apps-library Information Comprehensive list of apps available on smart phones for a variety of issues including health management, anxiety, depression, peer support, self harm , long term health conditions.