HOW CAN I HELP MYSELF?
There are lots of things you can do to help yourself stay well and have good wellbeing: including eating well, getting a good night's sleep and taking some regular exercise. See Feeling Good, Staying Healthy for information.
If you are going through a stressful time or would like to lift your mood you are on the right page. Check out the links below for information on taking time out, tips on being positive and happy, and ideas around mindfulness. Also have a look at the range of apps that you might like to try too.
Remember, if you are having thoughts about self-harm or are feeling suicidal then please look at the following pages instead: Support for Suicide or Self-Harm and Need Help Now
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Big White Wall is 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.
Relax Kids resources and classes can help children manage stress with breathing and stretching exercises. These are resources that need to be paid for.
The following links are part of the Quiet Place Project and provide an online space for some time out:
The Quiet Place Project - Somewhere you can log into for a few moments of quiet.
The Dawn Room - For time out and positive affirmations.
The Thoughts Room - Get those thoughts out and set them free, a chance to type in your thoughts.
Mindfulness is all about being in the present moment and paying attention to thoughts and feelings. Some people find that mindfulness helps them to relax and cope better with difficult situations. The 'Be Mindful' website has an introductory video which explains what mindfulness is provides some information on how to get started.
Mood Juice is a self-help resource website that has a helpful guide on anxiety and another on depression.
Moodscope helps you to track your mood each day with an interactive game, you can then share with your friends. Youth Mental Health is a hub of information on the NHS Choices website. It brings together lots of useful information and resources. Resources that you might find helpful include:
Shelf Help - The Shelf Help scheme is available in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Libraires. This scheme is already available nationally. It is a range of books that have been recommended by young people and health professionals about mental health that are available in public libraries. The books are aimed at 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. A similar service, called 'books on prescription' is already available for adults. Recommended books
Youthoria has lots of information for 11-19 year olds, but the 'It's Your Choice' section presents you with stories that young people have faced and gives you the chance to decide what you would do, and advises on some good options. Different scenarios include coping with an eating disorder and dealing with depression.
Living Life to the Full .......Helping you to help yourself - Check out this website with advice on 'Why do I feel so bad?', 'How to fix almost anything' and many more....
ReachOut provides practical tools and support to help young people get through everything from everyday issues to tough times. You will find help through: factsheets, tools, apps, community forums, stories, videos, other stuff, like lists.
The MIX provides essential help for those under 25. Have you had trouble getting help for mental health? Check out this resource.
BEAT is the UK's leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders. For further information on these conditions visit Young Minds.
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.
Mind Mate - Thsi has some general advice for young people and parents. Under 'advice for young people' it has some good general infomration on coping with common issue and top tips on feeling good. Other info is lest relevant as it is specifit to the area of Leeds.
MENTAL HEALTH APPS
There are many apps out there that you can use to support your mental health and wellbeing. All these are available to download free from the App Store.
For Me is a discreet Childline app that gives you access to: 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor, 'Ask Sam' problem page and a space to track your mood and write down your thoughts privately. Topics include issues such as school and exam stress, personal issues, self-harm and mental health.
Child Bereavement UK have developed an app for 11-25 year olds who have been bereaved of someone important to them. It can also be used by friends, teachers, parents and professionals who would like to know how to support bereaved young people.
Madly in Love - A range of apps covering relationships and mental health advice for young people and their partners.
Mindz is an app that helps you to learn the art of mediation and may be able to help with sleep too.
In Hand helps you to focus yourself when you are feeling low or are in a moment of stress. Once the app knows how you feel, it will take you through steps to help you feel better.
Smiling Mind is a free app that helps put a smile on your mind. The app takes you through guided meditation.
Stem4 Support with self-harm provides activities to support you with urges to self-harm (comfort, distract, express or release).
Helpful websites that are worth taking a look at...HeadMeds gives accessible, straight talking information on young people’s mental health medication.
Doc Ready can help you feel more confident when you go to see your GP about a mental health issue.
If you are being bullied, or are worried that someone you care about is being bullied, then do not feel alone as there is support available. The most important thing to do if you are being bullied is to tell someone. See our Learn Together Cambridgeshire page on anti-bullying, our page for children and young people, support for families, and support for schools. Youthoria, a website for young people in Cambridgeshire also has a vast amount of information on bullying (Youthoria).
For additional support see Radio 1 website and for support on cyber bullying, and sexting see Kidscape and the NSPCC
If you are a bully, you can change. Visit the Youthoria website or NHS Choices for advice.
Parents and Carers
It can be very distressing to find out your child is being bullied - the NSPCC have a helpful guide to keeping children safe from bullying and cyberbullying. The guide also has helpful information on what to do if your child is bullying others. There is also lots of information and resources available for teachers on preventing and addressing bullying in schools.The Anti-bullying Alliance also offers training and information for teachers.
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SUPPORT FOR PARENTS
There is a range of support available to help parents and carers when they are worried about their child. If you are worried about a child then encouraging them to talk about their feelings and watching them play can be helpful.
Parenting Programmes - Parents and carers may sometimes want or need some extra help to deal with parenting issues. A range of parenting programmes are available aimed at dealing with different issues. For more information visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website.
Young Minds offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice. Call the Parents' Helpline free on 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm), email firstname.lastname@example.org or see the Young Minds parents section for further information
Pinpoint is an independent information, support and involvement network for parents. They also run groups for parents of children and young people who have undiagnosed or diagnosed ADHD or ASD. Pinpoint also support a parent group around self-harm.
MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults. There is a specific section dedicated to families with information on what to do if you are worried about your child, common problems, teenage development and building confidence and resilience in children and much more!
Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind - They provide a wide range of services across the county to support those recovering from mental health challenges, promote positive mental health and tackle mental health-related stigma and discrimination within our communities. They have the Stress Less Project to support young people, but will support adults with any concerns about their own mental health and wellbeing.
Anna Freud Centre has just launched a ground-breaking series of expert podcasts to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems.
It's really important to look after your own mental health and wellbeing when you are looking after others. Check out the national One You Public Health campaign and complete the quiz for tailored information on how to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Best beginnings supports parents in giving their children the best start in life supporting parents between conception and the child's third birthday. Their website includes educational and interactive tools to support parent-to-be and new parents. See information for parents.
SUPPORT FOR CARERS
If you are caring for other people, particularly people who are having problems with their mental health and wellbeing, it is important to get support for yourself too.
Pinpoint is an independent information, support and involvement network for parents. Pinpoint have a parent support group around self harm. They also run groups for parents of children and young people who have undiagnosed or diagnosed ADHD or ASD.
Young Carers - If you are a young person caring for someone with mental health problems, you can access support via Centre 33's young carers project. Centre 33 provides a range of free and confidential services for 8-18 year old young carers who live in Cambridgeshire. Telephone Helpline: 01223 316 488, Email: email@example.com.