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.

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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…

Abuse helplines:

Anxiety

Bullying

Depression

Eating and body image

Sexual Identity

Grief

  • 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.

Self harm

Substance Use

  • 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.
Suicide
  • 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
NHS Leaflets
NHS Apps
  • 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.