Articles #Mental Health

Helping your mind stay healthy

Ways to make you relax

Ways to help you relax and unclutter a restless mind

Relaxation Drawing

What you will need.

A quiet place to sit and draw

A place that is at a nice temperature (you can’t relax if you are cold)

Paper or card

Coloured pencil or pen

Draw a large shape the size of your paper or card.

The shape could be a circle, square or simply a big blob.

Without lifting the pen or pencil off the paper continue to draw over the shape or inside the

shape, you could draw patterns inside the shape or circles and more shapes. It doesn't matter

What the finish result will look like. Just keep your mind focused on the shapes or patterns

you are creating and the sound of your breathing. If it helps you to relax play relaxing

background music. Continue to do this exercise for a few minutes, thinking of the sensations

Of the movement of drawing to help quieten your mind. On completion you

could start the exercise again using different colours, different shapes or patterns.

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Helpful Resources for Mental Health & Suicide support organisations

List of services for mental health and suicide support

Helpful Resources: Mental Health & Suicide support organisations


Telelphone 116 123 (any time)


Samaritans is a confidential emotional supportive service for anyone in the UK & Ireland. The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that may lead to suicide.

Charlie Walker Memorial Trust

Telephone: 01635 869754

Awareness, information and resources for those who are depressed.

Stamp Out Suicide

Points of contact for those feeling suicidal, bereaved by suicide or concerned about suicide.

Student Against Depression

Information and help for anyone feeling depressed


Telephone: 03001233393 (weekdays 9.00-17.00)

Text 86463

National mental health charity

Young minds Parents Helpline

Telephone: 08088025544 (weekdays 9.30-16.00)


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)


Calm (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Telephone: 0800585858 (17.00-00.00)

Calm is dedicated to preventing male suicide

Youth Health Talk/Health Talk

A website with video interviews  of young people’s real life experiences of health and lifestyle. There is a section on depression and eating disorders.

Cruse – Bereavement Care

Telephone: 08088081677 (weekdays 9.00 – 17.00)


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Useful apps to help with mental health

List of useful apps and websites to help with mental health

With help from MHFA Treads have up together a list of useful Apps that may help you during this difficult time

Dragon in the Attic (for children)

This app, developed by GPs and a group of year 6 children in Wakefiled NHS Trust, aims to teach 8-12 year olds how to make healthy choices for their inds and body. It uses a game where children are given a pet dragon to look after to build confidence and educate children about issues such as mental health and bullying

Feeling Good app

This is a free app with NHS approval, free audio courses available

Emoodji(for university students)

Emoodjj by Mind is a free app for the ups and downs of university life, from exam stress and homesickness to the joys of the last exams done

For Me


This app created by ChildLine with the infut of four teenagers, includes all of childlines services in an app:direct 121 access to a counsellor, videos, advice and chat on a range of issues that affect young people. It is safe and discreet, available on iphone only with an android app


This App teaches mindfulness mediation principles to improve wellbeing


Developed by 2 Gether NHS Foundation Trust, and approved by NHS Choices, this app is an interactive mood diary for monitoring and understanding emotional wellbeing. It includes tips and guidance on how to influence mood.


Mood panda is an app based platform allowing people to track their moods.

Moodscope (age 14 and over)

Web based mood tracking and management platform


Developed by youth charity The Mix and approved by NHS Choices website, this app aims to help 16-25 year olds identify and cope with stress. It includes games to help young people from immediate stress and monitor causes of stress

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