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NATIONAL SUPPORT

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Bereavement Services:

  • Cruse Bereavement Care - Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Hope Again - Provides advice for young people after the death of someone close to them including personal stories of other young people who have been bereaved.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • The Bereavement Advice Centre - Bereavement Advice Centre supports and advises people on what they need to do after a death.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Child Bereavement UKChild Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) - Support for people affected by the death of a baby.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Child Death Helpline - A helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • The Compassionate Friends - An organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents offering support and mutual understanding to others after the loss of a child, of any age, from any cause. Calls to the national telephone helpline are taken only by bereaved parents. The website includes a members’ forum for electronic communication with others similarly bereaved.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • WAY Widowed and Young - Provides a social and support network for widows and widowers up to age of 50.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • RoadPeace - RoadPeace is the national charity for road crash victims.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide - Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exist to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide.  We are a self-help organisation and we aim to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other. We also strive to improve public awareness and maintain contacts with many other statutory and voluntary organisations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

  • Miscarriage Association - Support for people affected by miscarriage, molar pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • MINDMind is a mental health charity that offers lots of helpful advice and services for all Mental Health Challenges.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • InsightInsight Healthcare provides talking therapies nationwide, predominantly commissioned by the NHS and local authorities, as part of the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme. Currently providing 14 free-to-access talking therapy services throughout the country, we are the largest not-for-profit provider in the country. We also provide Wellbeing at Work employee assistance programmes, which enable employers to provide their staff with access to wellbeing support through a 24-hour counselling and advice helpline, a range of resources, and a web portal.

 

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Eating Disorder Services:

  • Beat - An Eating Disorder charity and have lots of information on their website, plus helplines for young people and adults. Eating disorders include bulimia and anorexia nervosa.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • National Centre for Eating Disorders - We believe that you have the right to have good help from someone who cares and understands. We believe that therapists who work with eating disorders deserve the best professional training to empower their work, plus ongoing clinical support. This is our mission for people with anorexia, bulimia, binge and compulsive eating, body image issues, intractable weight struggles and the people who serve them. Also has training options.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • SEED - We are a group of ordinary people with first hand experience of eating disorders, who make a difference to those people whose lives are blighted by this devastating illness. All services can be accessed through self-referral. We provide support and services for people living in Hull East Riding and Out of Area.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • MGEDT (Men Get Eating Disorders Too) - Men Get Eating Disorders Too’ is an award winning national charity dedicated to representing and supporting the needs of men with eating disorders. They provide essential information that is specific to the unique needs of men and an online space for men to get their voices heard as well as offer peer support via our forum.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Overeaters Anonymous - Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope are recovering from compulsive overeating. Welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Weight Concern - The charity is committed to developing and researching new treatments for obesity. It is also working to increase the availability of the successful treatments it has pioneered in the UK via self-help programmes, self-help support groups and family based childhood obesity treatment.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Weight Wise - managed by the British Dietetic Association (BDA), with unbiased, easy-to-follow hints and tips - based on the latest evidence - to help you manage your weight for good. It will help you take a look at your current eating habits and physical activity levels, and offer a practical approach to setting your own goals for lifestyle change.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • British Nutrition Foundation - Promotes the wellbeing of society through the impartial interpretation and effective dissemination of scientifically based knowledge and advice on the relationship between diet, physical activity and health.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Recover Your Life - One of the biggest and best Self Harm Support Communities on the Internet, offers help on a variety of topics surrounding self harm, including self injury, eating disorders, mental health issues, abuse and bullying, as well as drugs and alcohol and first aid.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • The Mix - The Mix is a website for young adults. It has advice and will help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health, eating disorders to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to them via online, social or their free confidential helpline.

 

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Self-Harm Services:

  • Harmless - Harmless is a national voluntary organisation for people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Recover Your Life - One of the biggest and best Self Harm Support Communities on the Internet, offers help on a variety of topics surrounding self harm, including self injury, eating disorders, mental health issues, abuse and bullying, as well as drugs and alcohol and first aid.

 

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Suicide Services:

  • Samaritans - Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123. We're here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. We’re there for people when they need us, which could be any time of day or night. People talk to us for as long as they like, as many times as they like. We don't rush, interrupt or push anyone out of the door. We let people lead the conversation at their own pace. There's no waiting lists, and no assessments.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • CALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Check out the website for further support or Click here for their helpline.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • PAPYRUSWe deliver awareness and prevention training, provide confidential support and suicide intervention through HOPELineUK, campaign and influence national policy, and empower young people to lead suicide prevention activities in their own communities.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Zero Suicide Alliance - The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all. The aims of this training are to; enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/ behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.

 

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Older People Services:

  • Dementia UK - This site offers support and helpful information about dementia and how you can get in touch for more help and info.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Age UK The information officers will help with all enquiries relating to older people living in the UK.  They can provide information or signpost to the appropriate services.  Eg: safeguarding, benefits, care, finances, transport, respite, housing, aids & adaptions, bereavement, health and much more with the aim of promoting the health and wellbeing for older people, rights based advice and help you make social connections to reduce loneliness.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Alzheimer's Society - Provides a range of services for people with dementia, their families and their carers.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • MIND – Mind is a mental health charity that offers lots of helpful advice and services for all Mental Health Challenges.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • MindEd For Families - MindEd for Families supports parents and those caring for children and young people in their family when they are concerned about a young person’s mental health or well-being. They also provide support for older people and their families when they are concerned about mental health and well-being, either their own or other family members.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Silverline - The Silver Line Helpline provides three functions to support older people by sign-posting service to link them into the many, varied services that exist around the country, a befriending service to combat loneliness and a means of empowering those who may be suffering abuse and neglect, if appropriate to transfer them to specialist services to protect them from harm.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Campaign to End Loneliness - The Campaign to End Loneliness offers organisations who want to tackle loneliness a chance to learn from each other. We provide the latest research, opportunities to meet through events, and regular information to share the motivation and momentum behind this issue.                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Forever Active - Forever Active provides exercise / activity sessions for the over 50 age group within Cambridgeshire. There are over 50 different sessions on offer, which cater for all ages and abilities. You’re invited to come along and try one of the classes on offer and take steps to becoming a healthier and happier you!

 

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Sexual and Domestic Violence Services:

  • Survivors UK - Survivors UK offer individual counselling, group work and helpline services from our base in Shadwell, London E1 for men who have been victims of domestic and sexual abuse.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Women's Aid - Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Victim Support - As an independent charity, we work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve. We help people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond crime. Our support is free, confidential and tailored to your needs.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Respect not fear - Website for young people about domestic violence.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • The Survivors Trust - Living with the consequences of rape and sexual abuse can be devastating. At TST, we believe that all survivors are entitled to receive the best possible response to their needs whether or not they choose to report.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Refuge - Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run with Women’s Aid), helpline@refuge.org.uk                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Respect - Runs support services and programmes for people who inflict violence in relationships, including young men and women. Also runs the men's advice line, as above.Helpline: 0808 802 4040 (Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm), info@respectphoneline.org.uk                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • The Hide Out - Women's Aid website to help young people understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • The Forced Marriage Unit - Joint initiative between the Foreign Office and Home Office. It assists actual and potential victims of forced marriage, as well as professionals working in the social, educational and health sectors. Helpline: 020 7008 0151, fmu@fco.gov.uk                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Ashiana Sheffield - Aims to help prevent murder and serious harm to black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee women in England, Wales and Scotland as a result of domestic abuse and forced marriage and 'honor'-based violence. Also supports children and young people. Helpline: 0114 255 5740, info@ashianasheffield.org.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • GALOP - LGBT+ anti-violence charity. If you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, we’re here for you. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Relate - Relate are a counselling service, available nationally and online. We're here to help you make the most of your couple and family relationships, past, present or future. We can help you even if you're not currently in a relationship. Our services include Relationship Counselling for individuals and couples, Family Counselling, Mediation, Children and Young People's Counselling and Sex Therapy. We also provide friendly and informal workshops for people at important stages in their relationships.

 

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PTSD Services: 

  • PTSD UK - PTSD UK is a charity which aims to educate and raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; it's causes, symptoms and the treatments available, to help everyone experiencing PTSD.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • The Warriors Journey - This service focuses on helping people who are ex-forces with their ptsd. The vision of The Warrior’s Journey is that warriors and their families will live in wholeness and be equipped to navigate the issues of life.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • InsightInsight Healthcare provides talking therapies nationwide, predominantly commissioned by the NHS and local authorities, as part of the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme. Currently providing 14 free-to-access talking therapy services throughout the country, we are the largest not-for-profit provider in the country. We also provide Wellbeing at Work employee assistance programmes, which enable employers to provide their staff with access to wellbeing support through a 24-hour counselling and advice helpline, a range of resources, and a web portal.

 

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Drug/Alcohol Abuse Services

  • Drinkline - Is the national alcohol helpline. If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, you can call this free helpline, in complete confidence. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekends 11am – 4pm).                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Narcotics Anonymous - A non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. The only requirement for membership is to stop using.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Al-Anon Family Groups - Offer support and understanding to the families and friends of problem drinkers, whether they're still drinking or not.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Talk to Frank - Support line for anyone with questions/concerns surrounding drugs.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Addaction - A UK-wide treatment agency that helps individuals, families and communities to manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Adfam - A national charity working with families affected by drugs and alcohol. Adfam operates an online message board and database of local support groups.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) - Provides a free, confidential telephone and email helpline for children of alcohol-dependent parents and others concerned with their welfare. Call 0800 358 3456 for the Nacoa helpline.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • SMART Recovery - Groups help participants decide whether they have a problem, build up their motivation to change and offer a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Recover Your Life - One of the biggest and best Self Harm Support Communities on the Internet, offers help on a variety of topics surrounding self harm, including self injury, eating disorders, mental health issues, abuse and bullying, as well as drugs and alcohol and first aid.

 

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Pregnancy Services: 

  • Tommy's - An organisation that provides accredited midwife-led pregnancy health information for parents-to-be, and funds research into the causes of pregnancy loss.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • PANDAS - Pre And Post Natal Depression Advice and Support (PANDAS) help support and advise any parent who is experiencing a perinatal mental illness. They also inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • SANDS - Sands exists to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, to improve the bereavement care received by parents and families, and to influence policy makers and promote research to reduce the number of babies dying.

 

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Social Isolation Services:

  • Citizens Advice Bureau - Citizens Advice Bureau provides free and confidential advice to everyone. CAB take the time to listen to you and equip you with the information, options and support that fit your needs.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Asylum Aid - Asylum Aid is an independent, national charity working to secure protection for people seeking refuge in the UK from persecution and human rights abuses abroad. We provide free legal advice and representation to the most vulnerable and excluded asylum seekers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Workroutes - Work routes helps unemployed people find and sustain employment. The free service enables jobseekers to improve their skills and employability and create a personal plan to find the right job for them.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • MIND – Mind is a mental health charity that offers lots of helpful advice and services for all Mental Health Challenges.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Richmond Fellowship - Our mission is to make recovery a reality. We work towards a society that values everyone with mental health problems.

 

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Anxiety, Depression and Stress Services:

  • MIND – Mind is a mental health charity that offers lots of helpful advice and services for all Mental Health Challenges.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Big White Wall - An online support and recovery service for people aged 16 and over who are stressed, anxious, low or not coping. Big White Wall enables members to support and help each other and share what’s troubling them in a safe and anonymous environment. There is also guidance from trained professionals, who are online 24/7. There is a charge for this service.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Bipolar UK - Are the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. Their work includes youth support groups.                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Samaritans - Provide a safe place for you to talk. They will listen and try to understand what you’re going through and help you make your own decisions that are right for you. You can get in contact with them via telephone (116 123 [free 24 hour helpline]), email, letter or face-to- face.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Anxiety UK - 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.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • No Panic - No Panic is a registered charity which helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders including those people who are trying to give up Tranquillizers.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Richmond Fellowship - Our mission is to make recovery a reality. We work towards a society that values everyone with mental health problems.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Rethink - We provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems. When mental illness first hits you or your family, it can be hard to know who or what to trust. We give people clear, relevant information on everything from treatment and care to benefits and employment rights.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • SANE - SANE offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems through our helpline and our online Support Forum where people share their feelings and experiences.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists - The College aims to improve the outcomes of people with mental illness, and the mental health of individuals, their families and communities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • InsightInsight Healthcare provides talking therapies nationwide, predominantly commissioned by the NHS and local authorities, as part of the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme. Currently providing 14 free-to-access talking therapy services throughout the country, we are the largest not-for-profit provider in the country. We also provide Wellbeing at Work employee assistance programmes, which enable employers to provide their staff with access to wellbeing support through a 24-hour counselling and advice helpline, a range of resources, and a web portal.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Sheffield Flourish - Rooted in Sheffield and owned by the community, Sheffield Flourish aim to involve people who live with mental health conditions in everything we do. We help people to share their stories by publishing them on our website. We offer a wide range of activities suitable for people living with mental health conditions. We organise fun and interesting monthly community events based on different themes. We even help people to realise their enterprising ideas.                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Living Life To The Full - Living Life to the Full teaches a range of life skills that are based on the tried and trusted CBT approach, to aim to improve wellbeing and resilience as you go through the journey of life. However you’re feeling, Living Life to the Full aims to help provide useful information and resources that can act as tools to use on your own life journey. Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. Our courses are free for individuals using them in their own lives.

 

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Disability Services:

  • National Autism Society - NAS are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

 

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Young People Services:

  • Keep Your Head For Young People and Children - This website is a central point for information on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This site signposts you to important online information and local services on mental health and wellbeing for young people. It’s for children, young people, parents, carers, teachers and other professionals.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Young MindsA fantastic resource that has sections for young people, parents and professionals. There is lots of information on all aspects of young people's mental health. There is also confidential online and telephone support (0808 8025544), including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25. The helpline is open 9am-4:30pm.                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • MIND – Mind is a mental health charity that offers lots of helpful advice and services for all Mental Health Challenges.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Blue Smile - Blue Smile is a new Cambridgeshire children’s charity that provides counselling and therapy for pupils in schools between the ages of 3 and 13 during a critical window of opportunity for change. We provide the kind of specialist support in schools which gives a vulnerable child the expert and consistent care they need. We call on highly trained paid and voluntary professionals to do this work and use school premises free of charge, so it is both a highly skilled and cost-effective intervention.                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Relate - Relate are a counselling service, available nationally and online. We're here to help you make the most of your couple and family relationships, past, present or future. We can help you even if you're not currently in a relationship. Our services include Relationship Counselling for individuals and couples, Family Counselling, Mediation, Children and Young People's Counselling and Sex Therapy. We also provide friendly and informal workshops for people at important stages in their relationships.

 

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LGBTQ Services:

  • Turn2Me - This is a website that helps people get help, lets people know that they are not alone and facilitates a safe online community space that allows people to open up and reach out for help.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • EmptyClosets - Empty Closets is a place where you can figure out who you are, surrounded by other people just like you. Whether you're gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, curious, unsure or a friend of someone who is, Empty Closets will help you find the answer. We welcome new members of all ages from 13 upwards.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • GALOP - LGBT+ anti-violence charity. If you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, we’re here for you. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • MIND - Work with LGBTQ+ communities, has personal experiences of LGBTQ+ people with lived experience of mental health issues, and have a Mindline Trans+ helpline.

 

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Carer Support Services:

  • Carers Direct Helpline  - If you are a carer, the helpline advisers can give you information to help make decisions about your personal support needs and the needs of the person you're looking after. This information includes assessments, benefits, direct payments, individual budgets, time off and maintaining, leaving or going back to work or education. The Carers Direct helpline doesn't however; provide personal financial, medical or legal advice and doesn't provide casework, advocacy, representation or counselling.                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Carers Trust - We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. We do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners and through the provision of grants to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Rethink Mental IllnessRethink Mental Illness was established by carers over 40 years ago and carers continue to play a key role at every level within our organisation. Supporting carers and giving them and those they care for a voice in every aspect of mental health provision is a key aim for us.

 

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Self Help Services: 

  • Books on Prescription - Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.
  • Mood Boosting Books - Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.
  • Get Self-Help - Provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy self-help and resources.                                                                                                               
  • Living Life To The Full - Living Life to the Full teaches a range of life skills that are based on the tried and trusted CBT approach, to aim to improve wellbeing and resilience as you go through the journey of life. However you’re feeling, Living Life to the Full aims to help provide useful information and resources that can act as tools to use on your own life journey. Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. Our courses are free for individuals using them in their own lives.
  • Mood Gym - moodgym is an interactive program designed to help you: moodgym is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy which have been shown to be successful in preventing and treating depression and anxiety. Identify whether you are having problems with emotions like anxiety and depression and learn skills that can help you cope with these emotions.

 

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Other Services:

  • NHS Choices and One You - Offers a range of support and advice on a range of issues from the NHS. 

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