Mental Wellbeing websites and Resources

Useful websites and support for mental wellbeing

Every Mind Matters.

NHS action plans to help your mind and body.  The site helps you develop a plan to overcome conditions, like anxiety, low mood, depression, stress, sleep issues and improve your general wellbeing.  Also, body support, like help to change negative habits around drinking, eating, stress, poor sleep, help to get exercise, stop smoking and generally monitor health.  People are also encouraged to get talking, plus there are suggestions for apps.  The site is about being informed and making better informed choices.  https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/

Kooth 

An online free safe recommended counselling service throughout the UK, covering Bucks for adults and young people and relevant to young people.  It is also anonymous.  It covers topics like self-harm and strategies to manage relaxation.  https://youtube/Bc7MCsxYyFY

CAMHS BUCKS 

This is a colourful and informative website explaining Child and Adolescent Mental Health services in Buckinghamshire.  It explains what young people, up to age of 18, can expect, the different types of therapies used.  It allows young people to get involved in the work.  It helps young people know what to expect from CAMHS and how they are feeling.  It helps them get help providing advice and information.  https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/camhs/bucks/get-help/

Bucks Mind Guide

Bucks Mind Guide is part of the massive Mind UK Mental Health Charity.  They have an online Bucks Mind Guide, working as a directory, covering local services and help.  It is very detailed and useful and offers many categories, including a look at local help in the following areas: education, volunteering and employment, advice and information, housing, support services, mental health services, apps for helping wellbeing, your rights and much more.  https://www.bucksmind.org.uk/buckinghamshire-mind-guide/

Bucks Mind -the local branch of the Mind Mental Health Charity offers adult and young people/children affordable counselling and support groups, including peer support, as well as activity groups and an employment service.  It also offers a befriending service to tackle isolation.  The website details different options for different needs. https://www.bucksmind.org.uk/services/

Bucks Buddies from the Bucks Disability Service Offer free support to those with a disability in Bucks that also feel lonely or stressed and feel they would benefit from phone contact and conversation from a Buds volunteer also work with carers is not a counselling service but you can have a general conversation or talk through problems https://buds.org.uk/buds-buddies/

Time to Change is a Mental Health Charity focused on changing attitudes and increasing understanding of Mental Health.  If you struggle with your mental health and/or struggle with a diagnosis or events that have happened and working about your recovery, or how to come to terms with your experience, it can be very useful to read other people’s stories that may be further along recovery and managing their lives.  You can get insightful personal stories here.  https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/personal-stories

Start 2 help your mental wellbeing with 70 creative practical tasks, being creative, using art, photography, writing, drawing, collage, textiles, animation, mindfulness, self-help and fun, however artistic you are. http://www.start2.co.uk/

Moodzone - NHS Practical help with mental wellbeing from NHS Choices see https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/

NHS Self-Help Therapies.  These relate to psychological therapies and include books and CDs on prescription.  These include books on different mental health conditions, videos, audio guides, information about NHS approved health apps, CBT self help, blogs, real life stories and the online Mood zone.  The availability of online help through the NHS depends on your area, so in Bucks, it is available through Healthy Minds.  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/self-help-therapies/   

The Mix. Emotional support for the under 25s.  www.themix.org.uk

Young Minds.  Young people Mental Health Charity covering different mental health conditions, like depression, anxiety, self-harm, ADHD, Bipolar, schizophrenia, psychosis OCD and more.  www.youngminds.org.uk

Epic Minds.  NHS and research informed useful site aimed at providing information and support for those experiencing and recovering from first episode psychosis, especially aimed at young people.  Learn about symptoms, treatments, learn of stories of recovery from those with lived personal experiences, learn and take control of your care plan tailored to you.  Explore different tools and strategies to put you in control.  https://epicminds.co.uk

My Mind.  Cheshire and Wirral NHS.  Lots of resources and games for young people to help improve mental health.  https://www.mymind.org.uk

OCD Youthis aimed at young people up to 25 to increase their understanding of, and ability to cope with, and overcome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  https://ocdyouth.org/about/

Epic Friends is aimed at young people.  A good site if you are looking for help and ideas to support friends you know or feel could have mental health issues.  http://epicfriends.co.uk

Fixers.  www.fixers.org.uk.  Young people with experience of mental health looking to the future.  Includes many videos and topics.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.  www.cwmt.org.uk/resources.  Great free resources for young people with Depression and other mental health issues. Resources include, wellbeing action plans with lots of helpful suggestions to stay well, guides to help overcome self-harm, depression and low mood posters giving ideas to help, strategies for staying in control and using social media well.

The Doc Ready website helps you prepare for your first time you visit the doctor about your mental health.  www.docready.org 

Be Mindful. Mindfulness courses about being aware and preset in the current moment.  https://bemindful.co.uk/ 

Aylesbury Safe Haven

Listening, safeguarding and signposting those in mental health crisis including evening support.

https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/service_description/aylesbury-safe-haven/

High Wycombe Safe Havenhttps://www.bucksmind.org.uk/services/safe-haven/

Bits of Positivityhas some useful guided meditation videos to help you relax as though you really were for example at a beach/by the ocean https://bitsofpositivity.com/free-guided-ocean-meditations-mindfulness-resources-for-teens-and-adults/ The website also has good resources on mindset and also mindfulness and topics like gratitude and kindness with lots of quotes and resources you may find useful, helpful and motivating.

Mutral Aid UK offers support of Covid 19 community groups https://covidmutualaid.org

Beat Eating Disorders.  A support charity and information.  https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/

OCD Action is the UKs largest Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Charity.  https://ocdaction.org.uk/

Anxiety UK is a major UK Anxiety Charity offering information and many support services.  https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/

The Samaritans.  https://www.samaritans.org/A charity offering emotional support and someone to talk to at all times - 24/7.

Bipolar UK is a Charity for those with Bipolar.  See also other charities like Young Minds and Mind.  https://www.bipolaruk.org/

Therapist Aid.  Self-esteem worksheets for young people.  https://www.therapistaid.com/therapy-worksheets/self-esteem/adolescents

Blurt it out Charity. Helping awareness and understanding of depressionwith some useful resources.  https://www.blurtitout.org/resources

Mind Charity - Take Care of your Wellbeing Advice Poster. https://www.mind.org.uk/media/4220818/blp-take-care-of-your-wellbeing.pdf

Accept Yourself Mind Charity Poster https://www.mind.org.uk/media/4397008/blp-accept-yourself.pdf

Sleep Hygiene Coventry NHS leaflet https://www.covwarkpt.nhs.uk/download.cfm?doc=docm93jijm4n3324.pdf&ver=4467

Rethink Mental Illness have produced an information leaflet on useful, alternative and complementary therapies for mental health issues.  You may find this useful if you are having difficulties.  https://www.rethink.org/Factsheets/2326/Complementary%20and%20alternative%20treatments%20factsheet

Papyrus Help with Suicidal Thoughts.  This is aimed at young people up to the age of 35.  https://papyrus-uk.org/im-thinking-about-suicide/

The Brain Charitybased in Liverpool work with individuals with any neurological condition which can be very wide-ranging, but includes Autism, Brain Injury, Stroke, C luster Headaches, ADHD, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy and much more.  They offer lots of practical help with understanding your condition, employment tips, information and advice, including a large library and many resources, benefits advice, Carer support, young people services.  They also have lots of emotional support services, like counselling, lists of support groups, help with confidence and employability, as well as social support.  https://www.thebraincharity.org.uk

Ideal Flatmatehave produced a good guide on Student Mental Health at University.  https://www.idealflatmate.co.uk/students-mental-health-guide

National Institute on Drug Advice - Easy Read Drugs -The Facts.  An American Government website on often illegal (against the law) and recreational drugs.  https://easyread.drugabuse.gov/content/drugs-people-misuse

FRANK.  Information that is direct and clear about different generally illegal drugs.  The UK website has a text line and phone line support, as well as signposting to local support services in your area.  https://www.talktofrank.com

Self Harm UK Charity.  This also offers online support for young people 14-19 years who are at risk of self harming.  https://www.selfharm.co.uk

National Self Harm Network Forums offering online support.  http://www.nshn.co.uk

HearingVoices Network UKfor people who have unusual sensory experiences, hearing and seeing things http://www.hearing-voices.org

Mental Health Easy Read Resources:

Mental Health Organisation My Feelings chart https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/feeling-down-guide-my-feelings-chart.pdf

Mental Health Organisation My feelings plan activity https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/feeling-down-guide-my-staying-healthy-plan.pdf

Mental Health Organisation Things  I feel in my body activity https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/feeling-down-guid-things-feel-body.pdf

Skills for Caretoolkits includes A wellbeing book to use with individuals with learning disabilities and some posters on understanding mental health and talking about mental health aimed at individuals with learning disabilities https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Learning-development/ongoing-learning-and-development/learning-disability/Learning-disability-and-mental-health.aspx

For individuals with learning disabilities to help understand mental health

CWP Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS www.cwp.nhs.uk/easy-read-leaflets/mental-health/

Picture of health mental healthhttp://www.apictureofhealth.southwest.nhs.uk/mental-health/

NHS self help including easy read leaflets and other formats  covering mental health conditions https://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/

Easy read NHS suicide older people easy read https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk/content/suicide_risk_and_prevention_for_older_people/course/assets/4825e85725482a460a98bf9274203f7377b410fb.pdf

Mental health checklist NHS Keeping Well https://www.derbyshirehealthcareft.nhs.uk/application/files/5215/5033/0326/Keeping_well_checklist.pdf

Easy read guide to feeling down, looking after your mental health from the Federation of Learning Disabilities.  https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/file/2529/download?token=497RvAE7

Easy read guide to Understanding Anxiety from the Federation of Learning disabilities.  https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/file/2045/download?token=YJDPojMz 

Psychosis - easy read from Peter Bates.  http://peterbates.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Psychosis.pdf

OCD - easy read Peter Bates.  http://peterbates.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Obsessive-compulsive-disorder.doc

Depression - easy read Peter Bates.  http://peterbates.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Depression-2.doc

NHS Grief Easy Read.  https://www.ntw.nhs.uk/content/uploads/2016/08/Grieving-booklet-easy-read-version-MAY-2012.pdf 

Supporting people with Learning Difficulties with Grief and loss from Peter Bates.  http://peterbates.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Depression-2.doc

Understanding Anger - easy read Peter Bates.  http://peterbates.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Anger.pdf

Self Harm - easy read Peter Bates.  http://peterbates.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Self-harm.pdf

How to relax - easy read Peter Bates.  http://peterbates.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Relax.pdf

NICE Guide People with Learning Difficulties and Challenging Behaviour -easy read guide. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng11/resources/behaviour-that-challenges-and-learning-disabilities-easy-read-version-pdf-64199918

For professionals/public to understand mental health and learning disabilities

Bond Young mindshttps://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/children-and-young-people.pdf

Mental Health Today Here’s how to support someone with learning disabilities with their mental health https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/blog/awareness/supporting-the-mental-health-of-people-with-learning-disabilities

 

Mental Wellbeing and other Health apps

NHS Approved Health and Wellbeing apps library.  https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health/

Mind Charity recommended apps for mental wellbeing.  https://www.mindcharity.co.uk/advice-information/how-to-look-after-your-mental-health/apps-for-wellbeing-and-mental-health/

Healthy Young Minds, Herts recommends the following wellbeing apps for young people.  https://www.healthyyoungmindsinherts.org.uk/young-people/apps.

Ted Ed Sleep Deprivation (Not sleeping) on your Physical and Mental Health 

 British Association of Music Therapy is when trained professionals use music to help someone with physical, emotional, intellectual, and social challenges, to use music to help overcome difficulties through listening and playing music or writing songs, and doing this to express and explore one's emotions.  https://www.bamt.org/

Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity with centres throughout the UK.  https://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/music-therapy/

British Association of Art Therapists - a form of psychotherapy counselling using art media to help explore emotional problems and/or physical disability, learning disability and other medical conditions with a trained therapist.  https://www.baat.org/

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